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#192820 - 06/05/18 11:21 AM Grizzly Bear Protection
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I hunt all seasons out west, Archery, Black Powder and Rifle (Handgun).
When I am Bow hunting I want protection from Grizzly's. Recently I have herd so called experts say that a hardcast LFN 9mm or a 10mm is best for Grizzly's because of the high velocity and slim profile of the bullet to get deep penetration.
What do you all think about that?
I have always carried my .45 Colt S&W Mountain gun with 4" barrel and 300 gr. LFNGC at 900 fps. as my protection, should I switch to a 10mm maybe?
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#192824 - 06/05/18 11:44 AM Re: Grizzly Bear Protection [Re: FAH]
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No, I would maybe just load your .45 a bit higher velocity; if possible. Recoil shouldn't be a factor as in the real situation you will never feel it when adrenalin kicks in.
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#192827 - 06/05/18 12:39 PM Re: Grizzly Bear Protection [Re: Gregg Richter]
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I disagree with the auto guys that a 9mm or 10mm is better. Granted they Have been used to kill attacking bears but that does not make them superior to a heavy revolver round with a proper penetrating bullet.
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#192828 - 06/05/18 01:35 PM Re: Grizzly Bear Protection [Re: billa]
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You will only have one chance to find out if your 9mm is effective on a charging grizzly. Are you feeling lucky? Billa is right "a heavy revolver round with a proper penetrating bullet".
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#192835 - 06/05/18 08:50 PM Re: Grizzly Bear Protection [Re: Sawfish]
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Every time I hunted in griz country I carried my FA .475 L with 390 gr. casts. If it was good enough for my rhino, black bear and lioness I figured it was good enough for the griz

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#192837 - 06/05/18 09:09 PM Re: Grizzly Bear Protection [Re: FAH]
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 Quote:
hardcast LFN 9mm


Dude gets lucky and dispatches a bear with a 9mm and now it is the be all of griz protection, SMH

Ha, saw that comin'......
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#192838 - 06/05/18 09:10 PM Re: Grizzly Bear Protection [Re: wvhitman]
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I wouldn?t carry smaller than the 45 you Carry now
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#192839 - 06/05/18 09:29 PM Re: Grizzly Bear Protection [Re: Badubet]
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I think it comes down to people using what they have, personally I like a revolver, double action, something that starts with a 4, with a heavy hard cast bullet pushed hard.

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#192842 - 06/05/18 10:31 PM Re: Grizzly Bear Protection [Re: racksmasher1]
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As always, shoot the most you can handle because good hits trump bad misses. Some guys over gun themselves & the heavy recoil only gives them one shot. The guys shooting small calibers will probably get some hits on target but bullet selection is very, very important. Heavy, hard bullets are best.
Something that can cover 30 yds in 2 seconds can get your attention in a hurry. Almost forgot, how fast can you get your gun out???
The 9mm shooter was shooting from the side, he wasn't the one being attacked. Also he's one of the best bear guides in Alaska. Choose wisely..........

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Edited by sixshot (06/05/18 10:33 PM)

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#192864 - 06/07/18 12:54 AM Re: Grizzly Bear Protection [Re: sixshot]
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Ok so I have a couple 10 mms a glock and a blackhawk. Even with heavy hard cast bullets recoil is no issue. For your purposes out west the glock would be lighter. Not a lot mind you even fully loaded it is only slightly less heavy than your Smith. It holds 15 rounds which is why some guys like it. If you prefer revolvers they do have super redhawks in 10mm. Way to bulky in my opinion for your intended use. Also null in voids the only advantage you have with 10mm capacity. Beats a sharp stick as they say ,butt a accurate 45 beats attempting to make a kabob out of an 800 pound monster lol

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