It's winter so I thought I'd start a thread that MAY inform all those 'what bear defense gun' questions that will start in the spring. Firstly I do not wish to start any caliber or semi vs bolt vs lever vs wheel-gun thread, but more just evidence based information that MAY inform on guns and calibers that have or may work for bear defense. Bottom line to list all known DLP evidence (or attacks where shots were not fired); not stories from your uncle's brother-in-law's second cousin, but eiteher witnessed or documented DLP cases and the firearms or spray used. Just a thread of evidence. A few to start with;
1. Detailed in December 2010 ADF&G HIT Newsletter. 2 ADF&G workers and HIT instructors on a Deer Hunt on Afognak Island. Were suprised by a bear that charged them, no time to get off a stopping shot. One hunter was knocked out while other was attacked by the bear. First hunter came too and saw his partner being 'tossed around like a rag doll'. He fired his 375 H&H, first round had no effect, second round seemed to stun the bear, but the attack continued. Third round and the bear released the guy and died. The hunters walked out and got called emegency services for helo (IIRC) to Kodiak medical center. The one hunter had severe lacerations to butt and thighs where the bear bit in. He was basically saved by his pack taking most of the bite force, and the quick thinking of his partner.
2. December 2007. Kodiak Bunny hunting stops a Sow charge, badly wounding the sow which was later dispatched by AST along with it's 3 cubs. http://www.adn.com/2008/01/01/251643...iak-bunny.html
Only report is that he used a handgun, but I remember another report saying it was a 454C, not sure though.
3. October 2008. Hunter mauled by a Sow and 3 cubs on Kodiak. Attacked while dragging out a deer he had just killed. Appears he did not (or had no time to) fire off any shots.
4. September 2011, 42 Miles West of Paxson, AK; ex-marine mauled by bear. Manages to only fire one round from his '06, this shot did not stop the bear and it is not known if he hit the bear.