10mm Glock used to stop charging 800lb Alaskan Grizzly bear

10mm Glock used to stop charging 800lb Alaskan Grizzly bear

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    10mm Glock used to stop charging 800lb Alaskan Grizzly bear

    Interesting story- an Alaskan bow hunter following the blood trail of a moose was forced to use his Glock g20 10mm pistol to defend against a large charging Grizzly, and two rounds of the 200gr "Bear Load" made by HSM in Montana was what made that bear DRT, ten feet from the hunter. Fish and Game ruled it righteous, and estimated the bear weighed 800-850 lbs.

    Most data show Alaska is home to about 85-95 percent of America's Brown/Grizzly bear population; Alaska also has Polar bears to contend with.

    "Tony says the 10mm Glock is getting hard to find in Alaska, as they are sought after as bear defense guns."

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    Hopefully he brought another pair of pants for the hunt. Just in case.

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    No kidding....
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    If two from a 10mm can drop a bear, what about six from a 9mm?
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    That was terrific shooting on the hunters part, 1 in the chest and 1 in the head, while being charged.

    Glock ought to give this guy a bonus and ramp up production of their 10mm models, because this guy probably just sold a bunch for them
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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    If two from a 10mm can drop a bear, what about six from a 9mm?
    For squirrel, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    If two from a 10mm can drop a bear, what about six from a 9mm?
    People have killed grizzlies with .22 before. I wouldn’t do it though.
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    Glock 20 is my bear pistol, loaded with hard cast.
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    If I were really concerned about bears, I would carry a Shotty with buck or slug. Or, at the very least a 44 Magnum in a rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    If I were really concerned about bears, I would carry a Shotty with buck or slug. Or, at the very least a 44 Magnum in a rifle.
    That would be the optimum, but you can't always do that. Can't readily carry a shotgun in Yellowstone. And when I went to help some friends with a hunt in Wyoming, I did not have a tag, so a shotgun or rifle would have been a no-no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drmordo View Post
    Hopefully he brought another pair of pants for the hunt. Just in case.
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    All's well that ends well !!!!!
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    Underwood is my go to supplier for my Glock 20. They make some really potent hard cast loads:

    https://www.underwoodammo.com/collec...18785725055033

    And they offer a real screamer (for a handgun round) for two legged critters:

    https://www.underwoodammo.com/collec...18785699135545

    I've had my G20 in this chassis for a while now. I really like the utility of the design:

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    EDIT...I agree though. If I was worried about bears, I would carry a 12 gauge loaded with Brenneke's.
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    I was at the range yesterday talking to an archery hunter/hiker who bought a 10mm S&W for bear defense.

    A really nice guy (the way most people are when chatting with other armed people at a gun range), and he sounded like an experienced hunter. He'd been away from pistols for a while, but had recently picked up a 10mm for bear defense.

    He couldn't hit the 10-ring at 5 yards, and many, many shots were not even on the target at 10 yards.

    On the other side of me was a an older guy, experienced hunter and pistol shooter, who was making one ragged hole at 10 yards with his Desert Eagle in .44 Mag.

    I was the pipsqueak with a .45 auto getting buffeted by the reports from either side of me....

    I'm not sure what my point is here, other than, it may be more useful to be able to shoot what you got well than to worry about what you are shooting. And a 10mm might not be the best platform to use when learning to shoot a pistol.
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    I do worry about bears (a little), but a 12 gauge or 45-70 is darned inconvenient to hump around. So I carry .44 Rem Mag hardcast stuffed into a S&W 629, sometimes a Ruger Super Blackhawk with hot 45 Colt loads.
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