Hello to all
I would like to ask some opinion to the Alaskan experts.
I must state before hand and I never been in Alaska and i alays been fascinated by the wildlife up there and terrified by the stories that I read about bear encounter where a charging grizzly soaking up 375 bullets like candies...
Few weeks ago I strike friendship with a Russian co-worker. Grigory was born in Siberia, the Kamchatka Peninsula to be precise and he come from a family of hunting tradition...in few words he is into widlfle a lot and a gun lover.
Well, it may sound harsh (his words not mine) but he dismisses as pure nonsense that you need at least a 338 and higher for adequate bear defense...he makes joke with us about the "typical American" fascination with super calibers...
He told me that over there the most common caliber used are 7,62 X 39 and 6,5 X 55 for deer (the 6.5 is used for Moose too), the 7,62 X 54R (obviously one of the most common caliber there with ton of sporterized Mosin nagant around) and the 8 X 57 (the 8 mm Mauser) are reserved for the biggest encounters with some occasional 8 X 68 or 9,3.
He told me that the 54R is considered "too powerful" for Moose unless you use lighter bullets.
He says that in Siberia they put down VERY EFFECTIVELY big brownies and Polar bears with the 7,62 X 54R..
That is what they use for charging defense (together with 12 gauges shotguns)
He mentioned an episode where a big nasty charging brownie has been hit in the chest by a 54R round and the bullet went all the way through, broke the hump and left an exit hole bigger than a fist....
He finally told me, "I love guns and I own a .416 myself here in America but for bear defense the 54R is way more than adequate and there are no bullet proof bears...all you need to do is shoot right...if you are a lousy shooter there is no gun adequate for defense...you hit a bear in the wrong spot even with a 50 BMG you just make them angrier at you...."
What is your take guys?? Most of you live up there and I bet witnessed some hairy situations....where is the truth??? Do we have bullet proof bears in Alaska???
In some post I read that even a 30-06 is not adequate against a charge...and that 338 is barely minimum...
Siberians are better shots than us??