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#2904551 - 08/12/12 01:25 PM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: eightpointer]
moondawg
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I'd get the heaviest bullet I could find for a 45. I don't see why it wouldn't work. But then, we don't have bears in my neck of the woods.

Me personally, I'd consider a .41 or a .44 mag, especially with hunting type bullets. Maybe even a .357 mag with hunting bullets.
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#2904601 - 08/12/12 02:23 PM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: moondawg]
Asaltwpn1
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I shot a doe last year with a 45 ACP 230 gr. @ 20 yds. Watched her run out of range and started feeding again. Never phased her. Bullet placement was perfect also. This year I'll be caring a 44 mag. If using for bears, be sure to file the front sight off. It wont hurt as bad. LOL
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#2906736 - 08/14/12 09:42 AM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: Asaltwpn1]
348Winchester
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When hunting black bears in Tennessee, Montana, and Idaho I have carried a Ruger Blackhawk in 45 Colt. My hand loads were a Speer 300 grain soft point over 22 grains of H110. It is accurate and potent. Since you have a 45acp go with 230 grain ball ammo.
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#2908290 - 08/15/12 11:55 AM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: 348Winchester]
fishboy1
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348win,

Try some 2400 under that 300gr load. MUCH cleaner than the H110.
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#2908706 - 08/15/12 05:32 PM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: fishboy1]
348Winchester
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I just loaded some 44-40 with 2400 and thought it was rather dirty. I sometimes use Win 296 for stout 45 Colt loads.
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#2911293 - 08/17/12 02:06 PM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: 348Winchester]
JN
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I used to carry a small .38 while fishing remote trout streams and basically just had it for peace of mind and it was light but was never really worried about bears since all the ones I had seen had always ran off the second they saw you until one day I had one sneak up on me while fishing and from the sound of the stream I never heard it and he must have not seen me but saw my buddy downstream and took off running from him and about ran me over. You talk about pissing your pants. I told my buddy I didnt know whose eyes were bigger mine or his when we saw each other. After that and an encounter with a dog someone had dropped off I upgraded the .38 to model 444 ultralite by taurus and it def packs more of a punch then what I used to carry and is not heavy either.
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#2911382 - 08/17/12 03:30 PM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: JN]
1 good shot
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if you are in confrontation with a bear at the point where you feel you are in danger 1. your are going to be facing it or 2 it is going to be charging you. either way the animal's adrenaline will be flowing
if it is charging it would be very difficult to place a effective shot and it has been stated earlier you're targeting mostly heavy bone and muscle at that angle
if its facing you and in a offensive posture you're probably screwed anyway
and with a 45 acp you could do some damage but you going to suffer some too
thats my opinion for whats its worth

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#2911584 - 08/17/12 08:42 PM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: 1 good shot]
pseshooter300
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I think the 10 would be a lot better. They are issuing these to officers that are in and around polar bears for defense. I think i like my chances with a 10
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#2913348 - 08/19/12 08:41 PM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: meat hunter]
FLTENNHUNTER1
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Of the three I would use the 10mm with FMJ type rounds for maximum penetration and stuff it in his mouth.

Personally I carry a 4 inch S&W 44 mag.
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#2913374 - 08/19/12 08:54 PM Re: would you be afraid to carry a 45 for bear defense [Re: FLTENNHUNTER1]
FLTENNHUNTER1
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Check these out...I have some of the 45 +P FMJ's and they seem pretty potent. I don't think I would want to shoot too many in my S&W 45 without upgrading the spring.

https://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=214
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