.45 handgun kills a bear

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  1. Zombie Hunter

    Zombie Hunter XDTalk 4K Member

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    Arguement solved, it may not be the ideal gun but it happened.

    FOXNews.com - Backpackper Shoots, Kills Grizzly in Alaska Park

    Backpackper Shoots, Kills Grizzly in Alaska Park
    Published May 31, 2010 | Associated Press

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Officials say a backpacker shot and killed a grizzly bear with his handgun in Alaska's Denali National Park.
     
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    AKC XDTalk 5K Member

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    Repost. We covered this a couple weeks ago somewhere. I think the guy got lucky though. I would be more comfortable with an XD .45 with a .460 rowland conversion kit.
     
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    The guy was lucky the bear did not want to fight prior to dieing. Since it had time to walk away into the woods that means it had time to kill the guy if it had wanted too.

    I like the .45acp round, but it is low on my list of woods calibers.
     
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    AKC XDTalk 5K Member

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    ^^^ For real! Why chance it!
     
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    I could have done it with a .380.........:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:



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    Sorry, but after the last one on this topic...SOMEONE had to do it.:twisted:
     
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    You have to do what you have to do. However, if I knew I was in active bear country I would prefer a .454 to a .500 in handgun. A nice backup would be a 12 guage loaded with slugs as well. Bear's are like landsharks, and don't usually go down easily. This guy got really really lucky.
     
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    One time I got a straightline shot and killed a grizzly and a wolf who were fighting one another with a single .22 bullet from a remington bolt action single shot. To my surprise the bullet took both of them out and hit a mountain lion that was taking a leak behind them. Long story short enough rounds will kill anything if you are lucky, however to quote an old saying "Some days you get the Bar (bear) and some days the Bar (bear) gets you."
     
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    "Fister says the man fired nine rounds from his .45 caliber, semiautomatic pistol at the animal, which then stopped and walked into the brush."

    He got damn lucky that he was able to get nine shots off, had the bear decided to charge and attack he would have been up the proverbial creek without the paddle

    Again, he got damn lucky, IMHO, bear min (pun intended) would be a hot hard cast 44 mag or preferably a 454
     
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    Give me a pocket-knife and a 5th of beam and I'll fight a grizzly off....

    At least until he tears my limbs off and eats me.
     
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    "....45acp round, but it is low on my list of woods calibers. "

    WHERE IN GOD'S HOLY NAME ARE YOU WALKING AROUND!?!?!?

    .45 ACP for the mountains of VA are good enough for basic animal/two-legged protection.

    Man! I ain't sayin' go HUNTING with it, but for general purposes, it's better than a slingshot with ball bearings!
     
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    As one who lives and spends a lot of time walking around in big bear (as in 500-800 lbs) country I reverse the order of preference - 12 ga with hard cast slugs is my primary carry. I can put more well-aimed lead on target faster with that than with a .44 or or .454. I've been walking the mountains and valleys up here for 14 years and have never had a hostile bear encounter that warranted pulling the trigger (although bluff charges and grumpy bears popping their jaws and huffing certainly do warrant paying VERY close attention).

    As KA said - this fella was extremely lucky that events turned out the way they did. The old Alaskan joke about it being a good idea to file the front sight off your .44 so it doesn't hurt as much when the PO'ed brownie shoves it up your hindmost parts is rooted in local knowledge and real experience. Brown bears (grizzlies) are to be taken seriously. They're big, tough animals.

    All that being said - I LOVE watching them go about their business. They're cool critters. Lots of fun and it's amazing to see just how strong they are when they start digging or moving logs or rocks.
     
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    I watched a friend of mine, with a bottle in one hand and a hatchet in the other chase a black bear through the woods. I of coarse was behind him, way behind him, ok I admit in my truck with the windows up and doors loked, key in ignition. But I carry my xd45 EVERYWHERE I go, it has never let me down. A Coyote is the only instance it was needed, it was running after my cat, one shot in the boiler room, down he went. I would not personally choose the 45 for a bear, but then again I don't intend to put my self in a bear's path. With that said I am an avid outdoorsman who hunts and enjoys to wet a line, and if I crossed a bear's path and they don't back down, which tey will 99.9% of the time I am confident enough to take down a Georgia blacky with my xd45.
     
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    In the woods of Virginia the most dangerous thing you will run into is another person. Even a black bear is generally no heavier than a big man. For Alaska I want at least a .44 magnum. But preferably a .375 H&H. :D
     
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    If that bottle once contained alcohol, it explains quite a bit about your friend's experience. :shock:
     
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    Obviously the bear has been reading the gun forums and knew that .45 ACP is THE ULTIMATE KILLER ROUND. I'm surprised he didn't just drop to the ground on the first hit. ;););)
     

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