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Best way to defend off Black Bears

This is a discussion on Best way to defend off Black Bears within the Hunting and Trapping forums, part of the Survival Food Procurement category; I'm looking into getting a hi caliber gun like a 45 vs getting something simple like some of that black bear pepper spray. Anyone thoughts?...

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    Best way to defend off Black Bears

    I'm looking into getting a hi caliber gun like a 45 vs getting something simple like some of that black bear pepper spray. Anyone thoughts?

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    Re: Best way to defend off Black Bears

    Hands down, go with the 45 cal.
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    Re: Best way to defend off Black Bears

    I agree with the 45, although I don't have one (only a 9mm), I know they have "stopping power".

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    Re: Best way to defend off Black Bears

    I would suggest carrying both if you live in bear country. The bear spray to get them away, and then use the gun if your attacked. Yes on the .45, major stopping power.
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    Re: Best way to defend off Black Bears

    Pfff .45....get a 500 Smith and wesson I really have nothing agianst .45, and the 500 is waaaaaay excessive! the .45 will do the trick, or get bear spray.
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    A better choice would be .44 magnum. .45 ACP does not get enough penetration to be a good bear stopper.
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    From someone from bear country... If it's charging you... It will probably get to you before you get a round off and probably before you even draw your weapon. The best option is to make noise and then usually stay away from you. However, we get a lot of treehuggers that think it's cute to feed the bears and a lot of hikers that carry small food packs that the drop to distract the bear so they can get away. Unfortunately... That just trains the bears to seek you out for food. The only good side is that these bears usually stroll towards you and give you time to aim. Momma bears are a whole 'nuther story. The same goes for pre-spring starvation.
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    with black bears your only way out is to start shooting they are not the play dead sort, thats grizzley. shoot man. shoot that bear pepper spray. and shoot the damn thing ifn theres not another way.
    Last edited by shotlady; 11-05-2012 at 09:57 PM.

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    In all honesty... If you can outrun the people you are hiking with, you don't have anything to worry about.
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    Hahahaaaaa woad! remind me the old saying I can run faster scared than you can mad
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