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Offline benchmark

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Cougar or bear firearm
« on: March 11, 2018, 02:52:56 PM »
Recommended caliber and firearm for protection against cougar/bear? 

Offline cntrydawwwg

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2018, 05:48:06 PM »
Everybody will have their own choice. My personal bare minimum is .357 mag.
   Personally I carry a Ruger Alaskan in .44mag. Would have thought about bigger, but I can control .44 mag.
    Here, I deal more with grizzlies. If dealing more with black bears may get away with 10mm. I think Buffalo Bore makes some hard cast for even .9mm, ( although I wouldn’t try .9mm on a bear)
 
   Bear spray is also a good choice, although over the last couple years a number of hunters around here have been attacked even after emptying their spray, so YMMV.
 
Whichever you choose I recommend a solid lead bullet like SWC. Hollow points are great for 2 legged criminals, but for the 4 legged creatures I want a bullet that will go thru bone and create a huge exit hole that will aid in bleeding out. It’s the bear I’m more concerned about, and luckily have never been in the same place at the same time as one. Have come across a cougar before, never saw it, but it did give me plenty of warning. After checking my shorts,I completely changed directions and gave it a wide birth. YMMV

   
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Offline double-d

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2018, 06:56:52 PM »
When rifle hunting in Alaska or the PNW, I have a .44mag Ruger Super Redhawk strapped to my chest as backup for both cougar and bear.

It does double duty as my Arizona Javelina gun of choice as well.



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Offline boo2112

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2018, 07:11:31 PM »
I'd recommend the most powerful gun/round you can control while ****ing your pants.

Offline Chicago Dude

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2018, 10:11:42 PM »
S&W 629, .44 Mag.

Offline DWARREN

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2018, 06:58:21 AM »
Pistol 6" barrel 357 mag or 44 mag, long gun I would go with a 12ga shotgun.
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Offline SI VIS PACEM PARRABELLUM

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 07:05:05 AM »
Laws rocket should get the job done. O0

Offline Mike Russell

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2018, 11:07:38 AM »
May end up sounding repetitive here...

Nothing smaller than a 4in .357Mag. Preferably a 6in. Or a 10mm with 5-6in barrel and full power, hard cast bullet loads. If we're talking bigger bear, then .44Mag with 4-6in barrel...or .454C if you can handle the full power loads.

All that is if you cannot pack a long gun. If you can pack a long gun, 12ga or .308W would be my choices.

Offline John A.

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2018, 11:29:04 AM »
I have a 7 shot 357 model 66 with a 6 inch barrels with hot loaded hornady xtp's on tap.  Though for bears, a solid lead bullet would probably penetrate deeper into those thick fatty bears.

10mm and .44 are always popular choices too.

I had a 44 mag Virginian dragoon with an 8 inch barrel, but it was too heavy and awkward to carry around on those long hikes and camp trips so I traded it for the 66.

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Offline volbagman

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2018, 02:38:25 PM »
+1 on a S&W 629 44 mag. Mine is the performance center V-comp, but I'd still take it into bear country and be ok with it. I do have several Super Redhawks on my watch list on gunbroker though. I figure, once you are into a caliber, it is silly to just have only one gun that will shoot that bullet. Probably need a Henry 44 mag repeater too.

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Re: Cougar or bear firearm
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2018, 08:55:00 PM »
12 Gauge folding stock loaded with heavy slugs. 

 

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