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#1 OFFLINE   FishAK

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Posted Jan. 16 2014 - 05:50 AM

I'm looking for some recommendation's on what the ideal hand load is in the event I need to shoot a grizzly bear. Not all that uncommon here in Alaska. On most of our fishing outings, we have been in close proximity to one or more bears. Some with good stories to go with. This is the main reason I purchased the 10mm. I have the Glock 20SF.

 

On recommendation, I purchased a box of 220 gr Buffalo Bore Ammo. Expensive and still sitting on the shelf of my reloading bench. I have since then purchased components needed to put my own rounds together. My intent is to put a lot of the same rounds through the barrel at the range that I would shoot at a bear if ever the need arises.  I also switched out barrels to the Lone Wolf LWD Barrel, M20 extended 2 Port and the LWD S/S Guide Rod Assembly.

 

A few years back while talking to an Alaskan hunter, he stated that when hunting grizzlies with a rifle, his third or fourth round in the magazine was always a Barnes X solid. A "bone crusher" as he put it. 

 

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

 

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Posted Jan. 16 2014 - 06:59 AM

Welcome to the forum,

Personally if I were going to be looking at a "defense" round for a grizzly, it would be in the 454, 460, or 500 Mag range.
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Posted Jan. 16 2014 - 08:58 AM

I agree that those are all better choices. I have a 10mm though; a lot easier to carry and it holds more bullets. There are definitely some less desirable sacrifices when compared to other options. I've toted a 12 gauge which some would say is as useful as the 10mm too for stopping power. A Marlin 45-70 would be the ideal choice at 1900 fps.  




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Posted Jan. 16 2014 - 10:28 AM

You don't take a 10mm to a bear fight, you get caught with one.
But a 220 grain hard cast out our a 6" aftermarket barrel is about the best you are gonna get for that cartridge.

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Posted Jan. 27 2014 - 09:07 AM

I love my 10mm's. But if Mr. Grizzly is after me I want my .454 Casull!




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Posted Jan. 28 2014 - 12:08 AM

If I was gonna have to tangle with old Mr. Griz on what might be a regular basis I would want one of these in the Alaskan .50 cal model

 

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Posted Feb. 17 2014 - 11:18 AM

If I was gonna have to tangle with old Mr. Griz on what might be a regular basis I would want one of these in the Alaskan .50 cal model

 

http://www.wildwestg...uns/50-alaskan/

 

Ehh, costs too much to reload. I mean $80 just for 20 projectiles?




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Posted Mar. 25 2014 - 01:45 PM

That and I wonder how many people have actually run into this mostly mythologic Grizzly bear in the first place. Ain't too many of them here in Alabama!  :segrin:


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Posted Jul. 04 2017 - 09:18 PM

What bullet would you use grizzly I assume you want deep penetration


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Posted Jul. 07 2017 - 05:26 PM

What bullet would you use grizzly I assume you want deep penetration


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Posted Jul. 08 2017 - 06:33 AM

If in a group, I would use a .22...on someone elses knee, while I fled.




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