O.K. guys, here's the thing. Lets say your on a bow hunting trip for Alaskan brown bears and you get two choices for your backup gun. Would it be a bolt action .243 (with any bullet you chose), or would you pick a Winchester 94 30-30 (any bullet). Me? I'd pick the 30-30 simply because I could shoot a lot quicker at close range if he charged me. You?
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I've killed a grizzly at 35 yards & neither of your choices are a good backup gun for bear. Etiher of those will kill a griz, but that is the problem. The issue gets discussed all the time. The real issue is not killing a bear, but stopping a bear. Those are two totally different issues. My idea of a backup gun is very high powered handgun that I can fire rapidly at say 10 feet. I want something I can possibly squeeze off while I'm rolling around on the ground getting eaten.
If I were bow hunting I certainly wouldn't be carrying around a rifle no matter what it was chambered for.
I would be packing a double action revolver wuch as the Ruger Alaskan in 454 casull or 480 Ruger or a S&W 629 with a 3" barrel in 44 mag.
If I had only those two to choose from I probably wouldn't even bother with them. I would rather have some pepper spray.
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Can I buy a vowel?? No way I'd wanna try to knock a pizzed off grizz down with any of the above. Although if I had my arm twisted...Id have to say 30-30 and try to load a 300 gr flat nose and see if I could push it at least 2500 fps
Hope your good with the bow, cause either of those calibers aren't much better than a stick n string against an angry bear. I've heard stories of a charging grizz. shrugging off several aught 6 rounds before one found the the brain. Good luck.
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