A semi-auto 10 ga mag with a shortened barrel. wow. Do you think you could get the barrel back on target before the second round went off.
After a couple of jolts from that 10 ga. A swat from a bear would probably be easy to handle.
I never said don’t take a gun. If you have the intestinal fortitude to stand there and hit an angry charging bear and kill it, then by all means use a gun.
But if you don’t, which most hunters don’t (IMO) then you need something else.
Funny that you should bring this up as it relates to the reason I am asking the question. Here's the story:
Met my girlfriend (soon to be wife) three years ago, it was a perfect match becasue she enjoys fishing, camping, 4x4ing, and everthing outdoors. The first night we met we talked about all this and she tells me she's hunted all her life with her dad and since he's not into it anymore, the guy for her would have to be into hunting. I said I was always interested and would give it a go.
Last fall the three of us went on my first hunting trip. Her dad shot a cow moose down a hill at the edge of a clear cut about 75 yards from the road and it died about 15 yards into the treeline in a small clearing. We spent a fair amount of time dressing the moose as he was teaching us how to do it properly. Of course once we started carving it up I was informed that since she was a girl and he was getting old, that I'd have to cart the meet up to the truck. Well on one of my trips back I saw a real wierd tree stump in the tree line 50 yards from where they were. The following is exactly what went through my mind in the next few seconds: "What a strange looking stump, it is real tall and has two weird looking knots. It looks like 'chewbacaa, or an ewok, or a huge sloth...oh shit..." Well the stump had dropped onto its four huge legs and was eyeing me up for a second while I was shouting to the wife and inlaw (maybe I shouldn't have ha ,ha) and then charged me. My first bloody hunting trip and I am being charged by a grizzly. I had her dads old 303 and instantly took off the safety and shouldered it. I 'll never forget the sight of that bear filling up the peep sight as it got closer. "Oh shit, oh shit, what if I miss..." Well I decided the bear had gotten close enough and pulled the trigger - i didn't go off!
At the next instant the bear turned away and ran behind a small bluff and stand of trees. Holy smokes. I couldn't believe it. It turns out I was to hesitant and unfamiliar with the gun and didn't pull hard enough on the trigger.
Well I backed up that hill as quick as I could, trying to face wherever the bear would be, moving backwards, uphill through the slash, tyring not to trip wiht a loaded gun.
With the adrenaline going through me I oculd have picked up the truckl and thrown it at the bear. I couldn't belive the bear had turned just after the gun failed to go off. I often wonder if I would have made any motion to retreat if that bear would have kept coming at me.
Her father had been concerned about her hunting with someone with little experience who he didn't know. After this her dad told her on the phone and also told all of his friends and relatives that I stood like a rock and faced down that bear. He said that that experience made him feel confident about us hunting together.
Anyway, next time I am cleaning an animal way out in the bush I think I will have MY rifle, that I am familiar with, with me; and that it will be loaded with 220 gr. bullets. Just in case.
Wow great story, it’s probably a good thing the gun didn’t go off.
It sounds like the bear was bluffing and you stood your ground and called him on it.
If you’d have shot him maybe he’d just get pissed enough to come finish the job.
If the shot didn’t kill him that is. Bravo to you and your BBBs.*
LMAO ya id say it would so would a 10 gauge but did you all know that blacks are the most predetory of all the bear tpes they are the most likely to attack for predatory reasons then a polar or grizzly so it is a good idea to carry any type of bear deterent when you are planning on going into bear country specially black bear country.
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...