What caliber pistol will stop a bear?

What caliber pistol will stop a bear?

44 Magnum is the minimum for charging bears, many others have opted for a Glock 20 in 10mm Auto and, interestingly enough, passed right by the . 357 S&W Magnum. Several folks have even successfully killed bears with a 9mm. While a well-placed shot from a 10mm can no doubt do the trick, the .

What caliber will kill a black bear?

For a bear cartridge anything equal to or more powerful than a . 41 Magnum or . 44 Magnum will be fine. Oldtime black bear hunters say that any load that throws at least a 200-grain or bigger solid bullet at 1000 fps or more will take any bear in the woods.

Will a .45 ACP kill a bear?

In general, the . 45 acp is a poor choice for bear defense. The round is slow, fat, and has fairly poor penetration on tough-skinned animals; however, some people carry . 45 acp with modern +P ammo and hardened bullets for bear defense.

What caliber should I use for bear?

308 Winchester. If you’re looking for a one-cartridge answer for all methods of black-bear hunting, it boils down to the . 308 Winchester, as it does for just about every other type of big-game hunting in North America.

Is there a difference between a brown bear and a grizzly bear?

Grizzly bears and brown bears are the same species (Ursus arctos), but grizzly bears are currently considered to be a separate subspecies (U. a. horribilis). Even though grizzlies are considered to be a subspecies of brown bear, the difference between a grizzly bear and a brown bear is fairly arbitrary.

What kind of gun can you use against a bear?

Ammoland was kind enough to make a little compilation of 35 instances since 1987 in which handguns were used against bears in defense, and funnily enough the calibers ranged from 9mm to .454 Casull. Only one of the cases they pulled and confirmed to have actually taken place resulted in a failure — pretty impressive.

What’s the minimum cartridge for a bear defense gun?

Though .44 Magnum is often considered the minimum cartridge for a bear-defense gun, that isn’t necessarily the case. This is particularly true if you’re most concerned about defending yourself from a black bear as opposed to a much larger brown or grizzly bear.

How many times has a bear been shot with a 40 caliber gun?

A .40 caliber handgun was used three times — each one of which was successful. It is worth noting, however, that each of these instances involved black bears, rather than grizzlies. Either way, that’s a pretty solid record.

What’s the best bear hunting cartridge to buy?

If ever there was a cartridge made for bear hunting, it was the .358 Winchester. I killed my first bear with a .358, and for deep-woods stalks, it has plenty of reach and mojo to get the job done. Buffalo Bore’s 225-grain Heavy load is the best option still going, but the .358 has largely gone the way of the dodo.