Pulled out the Rem 870 12ga (3" magnum) at the Kodiak range the other day for FUN?? Not wanting to enter into the 230 replies on the Brown Bear and Slugs scientific Mania, I thought you folks might be interested in some Paper Results,
I had commented on results at the range with 00Buck that had me reconsidering my prior choice of loading my Bear Protection Shotgun with an order of 3 Slugs followed by 2 rounds of 00Buck. My idea was that out of 5 round capacity, using first Slugs for the longer range accuracy for the first moments of realization that a Bad Charge was happening, then the last two being 00 Buck as a "Wall of Lead" to stop the momentum of a 1000lb+ of animal still coming at 35 mph even if "technically dead" but still headed for the numbers on my chest.
So here, for perspective on range to target, (camera is standing about two yards behind the muzzle here), and that piece of plywood (looks white leaning on a tractor tire out there) is at 25 yards. The Chrony set up in front is at 4-5 yds.
So, "If a Bear was head down, launching into a full run at you at 25 yds, would you still be waiting?" If not, for those considering a full load of 00 Buck, you might want to consider this result of 25 yards BenchRested 00Buck,
If you look close you can find all 15 pellets of Buck shot but several are just outside the target, a 12in square, and several more are right on the edge. How many pellets does it take to kill, or more importantly STOP a charging Bear? Good question but the pictures do tell a story of some legitimacy. I should add these are out of a 20" barrel, Smooth Bore, Bead Sight.
So here is 25yards results from two sets of Slugs, numbers 1-3 are Rapid Fire, as fast as I could jack 'em in and fire, and 4-6 are Benchrested,(approx 12 seconds to fire) Not too bad I thought, Ouch tho
Did I mention yet, how much that 3"Magnum wails on ya? I'm not really what you would call lightweight, 195 lbs. Heavy in shoulders from years of pushing Crabpots and Hoisting Halibut Commercially BUT that gun is a Punisher, of course you wouldn't feel any of that in the clutch of the charge response but it may factor in an you ability to fire well?
And here is "Getting Closer" 10yards out 1 round of 00Buck Bench rested,(there is one slug hole on the right side there) and you can see all 15 pellets on target, tho numbers 1 and 2 are right up on the top edge. Maybe Better, but ten yards is getting pretty close.
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