Have you ever shot a .454? I've been around one being shot and didn't have any interest in shooting it. I don't blame the guy that shot that bear for shooting the .45 Colts through it and then making sure the .454 shot similarly and then never shot the .454s again.A gun is only good as the guy carrying it, If your not proficient with your weapon, Then it's not going to be very effective. Carrying a gun in Bear Country is a wise idea, But a wiser idea is to practive extensively with it! I'd personally rather carry Bear Spray!
I have a S&W 500. But i much prefer shooting my 629.Have you ever shot a .454? I've been around one being shot and didn't have any interest in shooting it. I don't blame the guy that shot that bear for shooting the .45 Colts through it and then making sure the .454 shot similarly and then never shot the .454s again.
Also, I'd be having a LONG talk with the company that loaded those rounds. He was very fortunate that the 3rd shot got lucky and hit the bear in the spine before bullet #5 backed out.
black Bears are not as aggressive as the Alaskan bears but if you get around a cub then things can change quick. I work in the woods and sometims get around the okefenokee swamp where there are many and try to always carry a light pistol on my side JUST INCASE!You & me both. All we got are those little scaredy cat black bears! LOL
The reason that I started carrying was because of Cougar. Bear seem to scatter everytime they see me in the area. The reason I like the pepper spray idea, (although I do not own any) is because with a gun, you have to be accurate, and if a surprise attack did happen, it would happen so fast Im not sure if I would be able to get an ACCURATE shot off, then if I did get a shot off, bear have been known to keep attacking even after shot, so it is not a sure thing. It may just make them more mad.
With pepper spray on your belt, all you would have to do is discharge it. You wouldnt have to point it in the direction of the bear even if they are on you. For anyone with any experience with that stuff, anyone in the area gets affected. It seems that the bears want NOTHING to do with that stuff, and will choose FLIGHT, not fight when it is discharged.
The average bear attack is 30 sec. How long is it going to take a bear to die from a well placed shot? And for those of you who think you could pull out your hand gun and drop a bear on a dead run when you are on the menu, I call B.S. Unless you have the footage on film. I think both are needed when in country like that. Bear spray for primary and gun for back up. Hitting a charging animal with a hand gun is a chance, A rifle and ore shot gun, lot more probable. Bear spray almost certain.I have a question for hardball15 and others that prefer pepper spray to a gun. Why do you prefer pepper spray?