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I recently watched a programme on tv about a guy who studied polar bears in Canada and also on Svalbard.It showed him carrying a rather old looking bolt action rifle,he said,'you should always carry a gun which is powerfull enough to kill a charging polar bear with one shot,;but he didn't say what calibre it would be.Can any one tell me what they consider a calibre powerfull enough would be?Thanks, Barry

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Bazz, not sure I would want

Bazz, not sure I would want to square off with a charging Polar Bear and hoping for a one shot kill that is for sure. However, getting to get to your question it could have been any number of rifles and calibers. Not seeing the photo I can only guess but here are a few calibers that would possibly work. As for the maker/brand of the weapon he was using that is a huge guess. .50 cal Sharps, 45-70, .375 H&H Mag, .358 Norma, .450 Marlin, .338 or any of the Weatherby big bore magnum rifles like the .378, ..460 or the .585. There are several others I am sure but this gives you an idea. All these would be capable of taking down a large bear but of course shot placement and the type of bullet would play a factor. This would be one of the times I would insist on a high quality premium bonded bullet in at least 200 grains.

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Thanks for that SGM.I don't think i would like a polar bear charging at me either.

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Sometimes just a .30-06

My folks were on Svalbard back in June and the National Geographic guides there only carried .30-06s

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Kinda surprising.  But, I

Kinda surprising.  But, I would guess that it's more about the location of the shot, versus the size of the bullet.  A round out of a 30-06 is more than enough to stop a polar bear, if it hits him in the head, or directly in the chest.

But, I would think if you hit him in the leg, or another non vital area, it isn't doing to make muchdifference in what you are shooting.

I can't imagine holding steady on a charging bear, regardless of the caliber.

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Thanks guys.I think i will stay far enough away from polar bears or any bear infact.

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As I can't get my hands on

As I can't get my hands on this gun....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe-QP8s1ZJc

I think I'd have to have something the size of a 470 nitro or close.  NOT into charging bears, especially the big white ones.    Eek!

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