I have been looking for experienced advise on bear protection setups, which includes the proper rifle and loads that work. This is for protection only, NOT hunting. I see bear protection as sorting out a bear charge which would be a frontal attack in almost all cases. This means all of his armor is up front and personal: hide, bone, muscle, sinew, all moving fast and coming hard. Therefore, just as I would choose solids for a Cape Buffalo in such a charge, I think it is appropriate for a bear charge as well. I am considering using Woodleigh FMJ solids in my Browning model 81, 450 Marlin, and for my .458 Lott I think that Trophy Bonded 500 grn. slugs will work because of the structure of those bonded slugs, which are not available for the Marlin 450. I may bring solids for the Lott as well.
If I were hunting I would use good bonded soft nose bullets up front, and solids behind it to do any raking shots if he ran. Hunting scenarios are more controlled, and the game more relaxed and unaware--sometimes. The sole purpose in life of these two rifles is protection only, and as such this is how I will load them for that purpose. I am aware that I probably will never have a problem, but I want to be prepared for the worse and hope for the best. I am also aware that a lot of charges are so quick there is no time to get a gun into play, but like being hit by a bus, that is the it goes. This doesnít mean that I donít look when crossing the road, or being prepared to protect when I can do so.
I am coming to Alaska for the first time in early July to visit. I will be fishing and shooting photographs. No hunting this visit.
Does anyone in Alaska with real life experiences with bear charges see any problem in what I have learned and present here?