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    Default Minimum handgun for bears

    What would be the smallest handgun caliber carried for black bear?
    Same question, for grizzly?

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    There is a great search function on this forum. Click search on the green bar above the posts.

    This subject has been discussed a time or two.
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    check the replies to your last question....
    we don't carry handguns for black bear.
    we yell at them and they run away, or we sneak up on them and shoot them and eat them.... seriously...
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    check the replies to your last question....
    we don't carry handguns for black bear.
    we yell at them and they run away, or we sneak up on them and shoot them and eat them.... seriously...

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    Default minimum handgun for bear...

    The minimum handgun I would carry while bear hunting would be my .22 caliber. With one well placed shot, I'm sure I could achieve a lethal kill with the proper placement. I would hold the barrel tight against my skull just above my right ear!

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    Just a guess but I'd bet the firearm pictured isn't the one you want?

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    Default twisted sister!

    That is what you guys are; a very strange lot. (or dare I say "Lott?") lol! j

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    Default Let's be takin that Medicine REGULARLY.

    I can't follow THIS Motlely Crowd, so I'll give a serious answer.

    I can only reccomend the Notable 44 (Make that the Less than 43) Magumnum.

    Howsomever, a 357 is Minimum, and they tell me that EITHER, heavy cast bullet loads are a requirement.

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    Maybe this will settle the discussion.

    Try any handgun that appeals to you. If it doesn't kill the bear and the bear eats you, it wasn't enough gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cod View Post
    The minimum handgun I would carry while bear hunting would be my .22 caliber. With one well placed shot, I'm sure I could achieve a lethal kill with the proper placement. I would hold the barrel tight against my skull just above my right ear!
    Dang - you beat me to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by cod View Post
    The minimum handgun I would carry while bear hunting would be my .22 caliber. With one well placed shot, I'm sure I could achieve a lethal kill with the proper placement. I would hold the barrel tight against my skull just above my right ear!
    This reply is just plain foolish!! Why would you tell some one some thing like this?? Clearly you have not spent much time in the outdoors around bear. Yes a .22 is great for bear but your comment about suicide is ludicruss!!! With a 22lr you DO NOT shoot yourself!!! You shoot your buddy in the knee and run! Now you are alive and your buddy has a chance. It sucks to be your buddy but that life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boliep View Post
    Try any handgun that appeals to you. If it doesn't kill the bear and the bear eats you, it wasn't enough gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hathcock View Post
    What would be the smallest handgun caliber carried for black bear? Same question, for grizzly? Thanks
    Don't know if there is a correct answer for minimum, and as you have seen you will get a lot of various responses. But, my choice was to chose an adaquate round that has been proven effective for the larger of the two and put in the time to be proficent with it.

    There is a huge difference between smallest and largest rounds available. One piece of advice I was told that I use as a guideline: When it comes to big game handgun hunting cartridges, they start at forty caliber and go up from there. Sure the smaller calibers have killed everything, but why not give yourself a margin for error?

    A recent pole on this site asked what people carried in the woods, the 44 mag was clearly the preferred choice, followed by 10mm listed under the others column, and then the 45 family of rounds. I'd have to go back and look, but I don't think the thirty caliber rounds got any votes.

    Remember, what ever you chose, practice practice practice. A weapon you are not absolutely comfortable with and familiar with serves very little use under stressful conditions.

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