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Best Grizzly Guns: 9 Great Guns for Brown Bear Hunting and Backcountry Defense

Best Grizzly Guns: 9 Great Guns for Brown Bear Hunting and Backcountry Defense

Live Hunt host Tyler Freel picks his 9 top guns for grizzly hunting and defense.
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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I have never shot one with a handgun JHP. For me, I hope I never have to. For defense, any handgun is basically better than nothing in my opinion, since none of them have the stopping power of a rifle. There's no perfect solution for every situation, but the more bullets you can put in a bear, the better your chances are. I know of a brown bear on the kenai peninsula that charged a fisherman and he killed it with a 9mm. I also know of a bear that had to be shot 13 times with a .45-70 and .375 to put down for good. So again, best bet is to use something you're good with :) thanks!

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from JHP wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

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Have you ever shot a big bear with a hand gun ? and if so what was the experience like ? Were you backed up by anything? The 10mm glock with solids sounds interesting only because it can hold a lot of shells. I agree most people can learn to shoot the glock well with practice.
the 12ga is tops in stopping power.

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from DaBears wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

My choice would be a 20mm mini gun for grizzley bears, you know like Arnold in Terminator II. I have no buisness hunting them since I just started hunting whitetails. My choice for a defense weapon would be a Mossy 500 or Remington 870 12 ga. with slugs if the mini-gun is in the shop. Both are reliable, affordable, and solid shotguns. Anyone carrying a 357 or 10mm had better be Annie Oakly with their shot placement or we'll be seeing you the next day as Grizzley poo.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

That's a good point huntfishtrap, I see it like bowhunting them...it's completely doable, but you have to be picky about shots and have someone backing you up with a rifle because they will know exactly where it came from

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I wouldn't use any pistol specifically for brown bear hunting. My brother used the S&W 500 deer hunting once, and shot a young-of-the-year doe with it. The deer was quartering to him when he shot, and he hit it near-perfectly, completely blowing apart 11 ribs, and destroying one lung and part of another. But that little deer, which only weighed maybe 100 pounds, still ran 25 yards before dropping. If a 100 pound fawn can run 25 yards after sustaining that much damage from that pistol/round, I would think a 800 pound brown bear could easily run over and chew you up pretty badly before expiring.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

oh... I would only use FMJ's or solids in the glock, as hollowpoints won't get much penetration at all on a critter like that. thanks!

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

the CZ is a great one too, but having a 5th round isn't really a big advantage to me. My Ruger .375 holds 4, and from the couple times i've been charged, I can confidently say that if you don't put a hurting on the bear on the first or second shot (if you're fast and lucky), getting a 3rd, 4th, or 5th shot off is out of the question in most cases. The biggest thing, of course is to be able to keep composure and shoot the gun you choose well! :)

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from sevenn wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

What ever happened to the age old and reliable cz 500 in 375 H&H? This rifle will give any hunter the confidence needed when confronting any size bear. It's ability to hold 5 rounds give it a plus in my book. I would hate to be in a spot where reloading was necessary after just 3 shots.

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from Yaak MT wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Would you care to share what the Glock is loaded with?

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

The caption says a .375 has more shock than a .500 S&W, such as the .375 H&H, .375 ackley, or .375 ruger. Not the .357, thanks

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from Tyrell Gentry wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

i am confused how a .357 has more shock the a .500 S&W can someone please explain

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from Bruce H. Campbell wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Be sure to file the front sight off so it won't hurt so bad when the bear shoves it up your ass.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

The caption says a .375 has more shock than a .500 S&W, such as the .375 H&H, .375 ackley, or .375 ruger. Not the .357, thanks

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

oh... I would only use FMJ's or solids in the glock, as hollowpoints won't get much penetration at all on a critter like that. thanks!

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

That's a good point huntfishtrap, I see it like bowhunting them...it's completely doable, but you have to be picky about shots and have someone backing you up with a rifle because they will know exactly where it came from

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from Tyrell Gentry wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

i am confused how a .357 has more shock the a .500 S&W can someone please explain

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from Yaak MT wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Would you care to share what the Glock is loaded with?

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from sevenn wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

What ever happened to the age old and reliable cz 500 in 375 H&H? This rifle will give any hunter the confidence needed when confronting any size bear. It's ability to hold 5 rounds give it a plus in my book. I would hate to be in a spot where reloading was necessary after just 3 shots.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

the CZ is a great one too, but having a 5th round isn't really a big advantage to me. My Ruger .375 holds 4, and from the couple times i've been charged, I can confidently say that if you don't put a hurting on the bear on the first or second shot (if you're fast and lucky), getting a 3rd, 4th, or 5th shot off is out of the question in most cases. The biggest thing, of course is to be able to keep composure and shoot the gun you choose well! :)

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from DaBears wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

My choice would be a 20mm mini gun for grizzley bears, you know like Arnold in Terminator II. I have no buisness hunting them since I just started hunting whitetails. My choice for a defense weapon would be a Mossy 500 or Remington 870 12 ga. with slugs if the mini-gun is in the shop. Both are reliable, affordable, and solid shotguns. Anyone carrying a 357 or 10mm had better be Annie Oakly with their shot placement or we'll be seeing you the next day as Grizzley poo.

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from JHP wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

tylerfreel85
Have you ever shot a big bear with a hand gun ? and if so what was the experience like ? Were you backed up by anything? The 10mm glock with solids sounds interesting only because it can hold a lot of shells. I agree most people can learn to shoot the glock well with practice.
the 12ga is tops in stopping power.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I have never shot one with a handgun JHP. For me, I hope I never have to. For defense, any handgun is basically better than nothing in my opinion, since none of them have the stopping power of a rifle. There's no perfect solution for every situation, but the more bullets you can put in a bear, the better your chances are. I know of a brown bear on the kenai peninsula that charged a fisherman and he killed it with a 9mm. I also know of a bear that had to be shot 13 times with a .45-70 and .375 to put down for good. So again, best bet is to use something you're good with :) thanks!

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from Bruce H. Campbell wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Be sure to file the front sight off so it won't hurt so bad when the bear shoves it up your ass.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I wouldn't use any pistol specifically for brown bear hunting. My brother used the S&W 500 deer hunting once, and shot a young-of-the-year doe with it. The deer was quartering to him when he shot, and he hit it near-perfectly, completely blowing apart 11 ribs, and destroying one lung and part of another. But that little deer, which only weighed maybe 100 pounds, still ran 25 yards before dropping. If a 100 pound fawn can run 25 yards after sustaining that much damage from that pistol/round, I would think a 800 pound brown bear could easily run over and chew you up pretty badly before expiring.

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