- Jan 19, 2014
- central S.C.
I wasn't originally but over 40 years things change. But my "legend" endures.
How many years ago? I’ve never heard of grizzlies in Michigan.Years ago - in upstate Michigan - a hunter killed a Big Brown Bear - which had at least half a dozen .45 bullets in it. The guy shooting the .45 was never found. A .45 is deadly on 200 lb humans - but hardly noticeable on a 700 Pound Brown Bear/Griz - who also has a thick fur coat.
That place is notorious for grizzly bear activity. Probably best to forget about any handguns in there, and instead find that buddy that can go in with you and is also handy with a good rifle! Preferably a big rifle!You can carry pistol here while bowhunting. It's hairy walking out with a backpack full of meat. Stop . Look around. Same when cutting up elk or deer. I stop every few minutes and stand up and look around. Did with my Muley and elk last year. The elk was in the same area at Bobcat Hulahand trail where two University of Wyoming wrestlers got mauled a week before. That day they did I was coming home on South Fork and saw a bunch of F&G , Sheriff's and an ambulance pass me going back up. Next day I read what happened. A week later I shot my elk there. I was doing a lot of looking around and butchering quick. Helped buddy with his also a 125 yards from me after I got mine to truck. A month later we came back to look for a knife. Griz has tore both carcasses apart and ripped up sage all around to cover up and bear [email protected] all over. No knife . Let's go !
This is a common idea being shared around the internet, but rarely do people actually try to learn for themselves what level of performance can be achieved.Good enough for self protection, but too stupid for a Brown Bear. Ain't no way I'd try it.
Do partly agree. the 10mm and 45 ACP +P, are similar load levels.Take the 10mm Auto, 180grain,@1,300fps = 675 ft lbs of energy. Then the 45acp+P, 185grain at 1,200fps = 591 ft lbs. Here's the 460 Rowland, 185grain at 1,503fps = 928 ft lbs of energy, that's about a 55% increase,in energy ft lbs, it's bit more than, just barely ahead of the 45 ACP +P's. The cartridge case and barrel setup can operate at 40,000cup.This is a common idea being shared around the internet, but rarely do people actually try to learn for themselves what level of performance can be achieved.
The standard 45acp ammo is loaded for 100 year old pistols. The same people touting the 45-70 for bear defense are not suggesting using 100+ year old performance level ammo for said bear protection. The same considerations are made for shotguns as well, and many other cartridges for that matter.
The previously posted video is just one example of modern ammo, in modern pistols. The 45acp loaded to modern pressures is on par with the 10mm, if not exceeding it, and just barely behind the 460 Rowland.
Deep penetration is not what people argue about. So if a 40 caliber bullet penetrates the same depth as a 45 caliber, both with the same type bullet, which is better?
It's very important to choose ammo carefully when it comes to bear defense in whatever instrument you choose.
Sure, think was just showing 460 Rowland had a power advantage over 45 ACP, if less power works on ur spread, stay with it.IMO energy isn't much of a factor when we're talking handguns and bear protection, or any self defense equation. Or it's not MY end all be all when considering pistol cartridges. Yes I want the largest cartridge I can shoot WELL FAST. But a pistol is just a backup to my rifle. Pucker factor is going to be extreme, frog's behinds are going to be loose in comparison. All I care about is being able to penetrate the skull and do a CNC stop. I shot a lot of competition to be able to do this. And don't mistake pistol competitions with actual life saving training. Pistol competitions IMO is just a cheap way to practice gun manipulation and marksmanship I learned IRL training courses. From people that "been there, done that.". Having all the energy in the world means nothing if you can't hit the mark.
Yep, those were max loads for 185 grain, 45acp +P, no big deal. thought u were thinking the 460 Rowland's 55% advantage over that, was close, no? Lehighs good bullet choice, if serious work but, not the 1 and only. Load safe, watch for the bears!Early on in this thread I believe I addressed "energy levels" so not going to retype everything.
Anyone who starts quoting velocity, bullet weights, and energy numbers, without looking at penetration is missing the most important part of the equation.
Further, looking at mild hp ammo as a data point is a mute point.
The acp can be loaded to near 45 Super levels. The 45 Super is nipping the heels of the Rowland. In factory ammo the 10mm hard cast is a good choice, but has recieved negative comments out of factory Glock barrels.
Bottom line to me is someone can make a 45acp with the correct ammo choice a viable defensive tool.
If you're willing to learn a bit, and make the needed mods, you can make a 45acp into a 45 Super shooting ammo that exceeds the 10mm.
It's good to share this info so more people can be better armed with both knowledge and proper sidearms..
S&W 500 MAGNUM RECORD 5 shots in 1 SECOND in high speed with Jerry Miculek about 9 years ago on youtube. There are exceptions to the rules!I am a big advocate of handgun hunting and believe that some can be very effective on the biggest of bears with proper bullets and placement….the 45ACP did not make the long list!
As mentioned previously …… with handgun, energy numbers mean “nearly nothing”! It’s all about bullet diameter, mass (weight) and penetration!
If your rifle hunting …..a rifle in the hands trumps ”any” handgun in the holster! memtb