Re: Black Bear self defense handgun/rifle
The 30-30 and the 40 will suffice. i wouldnt feel under-gunned against a black bear with that combo. as long as you are practiced with them. Griz is a whole different ball of wax.
" jasonprox" has helped me out on AR questions. and if your looking for an excuse to go get a new toy for carying in the bushes, id look hard at what he has to say. JMO
As far as hand guns go,44 mag in a Ruger blackhawk is my personal favorite. you can load the snott out of a blackhawk. its quite a bit bigger than your 40, and a long time ago i dated a gal about 5'-4'' and 120lb, that could shoot the head off a tweety at 10 paces with my old 44 mag. (that will shrink your manhood a bit), but she handled it with ease. SCARRY HUH! We parted on good terms.haha
that being said, my carry gun while hunting down here in the lower 48 is my XD 40. I hunt bear quite a bit, and im happy with it for ease of cary/concealment, and uuh-oh situations.
bigger is probably better for uuh-oh situations, but ill stick w/my 40 XD. Again, JMO
General Rule of thumb is, use what youd use for deer, or maybe a bit bigger.
Good luck wiyh your choice! Hard to go wrong with all the knowledgable advise from lots of guys on here. And youve recieved lots of it. All pretty good too.Comes down to your personal preferance and comfort i guess.
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