Re: Favorite Dangerous Game Round
The 375 H&H is a good big bear round because the recoil is not so bad that most can shoot it accurately to do the job without a brake. The 338 winchester will take any bear with proper bullets and even less recoil. With a brake the 378 wby is a good one.
I backpack several weeks per year in areas with heavy grizzly populations. I have never bought pepper spray and will never. It says bear must be within 5 steps (15 ft) to be effective, preferably closer. That many times would be an enraged bear to be that close. I have been that close to grizzlies and it is not a comfortable situation. My guess is few people buying the spray would be effective at hitting the eyes of an enraged grizzly at 5 steps or less. I figure most would get chewed on.
I have a wife and son who depend on me to make sensible decisions and come home alive and in one piece. It would be a bad day for anyone to try and make a case against me for carrying grizzly protection that will eliminate the threat before the bear gets to close to handle which is within 15 feet. Grizzlies are so quick that they could easily have you at that distance before you could deploy the button to activate the spray. And if you got it deployed, to accurately hit a charging grizzly in the eyes is obsurd. Now a bear checking out camp or investigating you it could work. But in a threatenning attack situation no. The bears you could hit with the spray would be ones just checking you out and those can be ran off with rocks and sticks. A serious threat that wants you and is charging just stick the can between your legs and kiss your ass and the can good bye. I will not answer anyone questioning what is under my jacket in the backcountry. But it will defend me, my family and friends from serious threats.
In over 30 years experience hunting and camping in grizzly country I have never had to shoot a grizzly. I have had them in camp and met them on the trail. But knowing bears and sensible actions have prevented me from ever harming one. The closest I ever came was on Alaska's north slope and a big grizzly would not leave our camp alone. He kept coming back wanting food. One evening at supper he got within 10 feet of me with his head down looking at me. I pulled up my 338-378 wby and put one right in front of his nose. You would not believe what a 338-378 wby point blank will do to tundra mucky muck. The bears entire face was covered in it. He spun and ran and was still going away at over three miles the last time we saw him. He never came back.
Predictions are difficult, especially when they involve the future
Last edited by Long Time Long Ranger; 05-25-2011 at 02:34 PM.