Re: Polar bear defensive handgun
I have been carrying a Taurus Raging Bull 454 in Grizzly country for over 15 years. I currently load it with 300 grain nosler partitions moving at around 1650 fps. This would be like comparing a 300 rum to a 30/30 when comparing to a 10 mm. The 454 imparts a massive wound channel with the right bullet with deep penetration. The Taurus is ported and follow up shots are not an issue. It is true that only having 5 rounds in the cylinder isn't the greatest feeling in the event there is more than one bear. When talking 44 magnums, the only guns built stout enough to use the really hot loads are single action like the Super Blackhawk and Freedom arms. Smith and wessons are not approved for use with hot loads in 44 mag.
I talked to a guy a few years back that got charged by a grizz while on a sheep hunt in WY. He hit the bear with 7 rounds of 00 buck as the bear was running at him across a creek and the bear dropped at his feet. Polar bears can be twice the size of most grizzlies.
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