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Old 05-10-2014, 11:10 PM
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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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Old 05-16-2014, 06:44 AM
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Re: Polar bear defensive handgun

I wonder if a 475 Wildey would be enough ?

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Old 05-17-2014, 07:00 AM
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Re: Polar bear defensive handgun

The wildey is perfect, as long as it doesn't jam. That's a major issue.
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:59 PM
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Re: Polar bear defensive handgun

OK , I went thru all the replies. I've had to hide behind a handgun in close up bear problems a couple dozen or more times. Had to use my Redhawk to turn one once. 320 gr Cast Performance 20 gr 296 . 5 1/2" barrel. I hit the bear twice and it still had plenty of steam. Finished that fight with my rifle.
The Redhawk and Super Redhawk are stronger than the S Blackhawks. I've packed 9 s 40 s 357 s 44s 45 Colts 454 Casul and the 480 Ruger in bear country. 480 SRH is my favorite of all the revolvers with the 454 a close 2 nd.
However!!!!!!!! I now pack a Glock 20 shooting220 gr Buffalo Bore hard cast TC at 1200 fps. My barrel and 20 lb spring and stainless guide rod are somewhere between Lone Wolf and here but the OEM Glock barrel works. At least 15 shots that I can hit well and fast with. Better and faster than I can a revolver. . Hits are what count. I wear the Glock all day every day for a multitude of uses. Like cow moose with calves in the yard if need be. Actually a more real danger here than bear are. . Lots of issues go into a bear protection firearm.
Its easy for me to say no one is properly armed with anything shy of a 416 or 458 . But the reality is that anything is better than nothing. And even a Glock 22 180 gr @980 fps will probably keep you from getting eaten.

My experienced advice is for this particular person is a Glock 20. After market stock length barrel to shoot hard cast bullets.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:34 PM
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Re: Polar bear defensive handgun

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OK , I went thru all the replies. I've had to hide behind a handgun in close up bear problems a couple dozen or more times. Had to use my Redhawk to turn one once. 320 gr Cast Performance 20 gr 296 . 5 1/2" barrel. I hit the bear twice and it still had plenty of steam. Finished that fight with my rifle.
The Redhawk and Super Redhawk are stronger than the S Blackhawks. I've packed 9 s 40 s 357 s 44s 45 Colts 454 Casul and the 480 Ruger in bear country. 480 SRH is my favorite of all the revolvers with the 454 a close 2 nd.
However!!!!!!!! I now pack a Glock 20 shooting220 gr Buffalo Bore hard cast TC at 1200 fps. My barrel and 20 lb spring and stainless guide rod are somewhere between Lone Wolf and here but the OEM Glock barrel works. At least 15 shots that I can hit well and fast with. Better and faster than I can a revolver. . Hits are what count. I wear the Glock all day every day for a multitude of uses. Like cow moose with calves in the yard if need be. Actually a more real danger here than bear are. . Lots of issues go into a bear protection firearm.
Its easy for me to say no one is properly armed with anything shy of a 416 or 458 . But the reality is that anything is better than nothing. And even a Glock 22 180 gr @980 fps will probably keep you from getting eaten.

My experienced advice is for this particular person is a Glock 20. After market stock length barrel to shoot hard cast bullets.
I went with a Gen 4 G20 and 220 Grain Hard cast Underwood Ammo for this very purpose. It's the hits that count and the more you get on target the better off you are. I'm using the OEM barrel for now. It works fine with Hard Cast.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:14 PM
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Re: Polar bear defensive handgun

I was getting a lot of leading with the Buffalo Bore 220 cast. I got the Lone Wolf barrel yesterday. It works good. But I'm still getting some leading. I think it needs gas checks. .
But. Leading or not. It works well!
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