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What gun for grizzly?

45 apparently. Good to know since my chances of encountering one are now greater than zero.

11 Responses to “What gun for grizzly?”

  1. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    “Good to know since my chances of encountering one are now greater than zero.”

    If you wish to not see bears, simply maintain sobriety!

  2. oldsmobile98 Says:

    .45 is right.

    .45-70, that is.

  3. Mad Saint Jack Says:

    You may want to add .004.

  4. Paul Says:

    Light switch kills are hard on bears. Best shot is through roof of mouth. Caliber less important than shot placement.

    And what the bear had in mind before being shot can have a large influnce on outcomes.

    Hope you return safely. Stay away from dumps and your chances improve. (this incudes dumpsters behind resturants…don’t ask)

  5. Heather Says:

    …If I’m able to shoot the bear through the roof of the mouth, I’m probably already in trouble!

  6. Paul Says:


    True enough. But that is still the best place to shoot the bear for a light switch kill. Or at least most of the cases I’ve read were the bear died instantly the bullet severed the brain stem at the base of the skull by entering the mouth.

    How you get the bullet to intersect that point is your call 🙂

    Usually if you have the need to shoot a bear, your options are already severely limited.

  7. Jerry Says:

    “The hiker fired nine shots (probably the whole magazine)………..” ‘Ya ‘tink? My choice would start a 20 and end with Warthog. Ane it would have a big GE on it somewhere.

  8. Mad Man Says:

    Did you forget to take your Alaskan Survival derringer? I know you remember shooting that thing. Good thing that guy was behind you to catch it!

  9. JKB Says:

    Really, I thought the .45 was to shoot the guy you were with in the foot so you could out run him.

    One guy I knew did escape a curious grizzly by dumping his shirt which occupied the bear until they could get back in the boat.

  10. SebastianWho'llGetHisBlogRunningEventually Says:

    It does seem like avoidance is your best tactic. Tim Treadwell was unavailable for comment. Probably because a bear shat him out its hiney a few years back.

    If avoidance isn’t possible…me, I’d want something shoulder fired and pump action with 3″ double aughts.

  11. Ian Argent Says:

    OTOH – the answer to what cat for bear –

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