| Bitterroot Bulls wrote:|
Use bear spray in bear country. Many people have been mauled by gunshot-wounded grizzly bears. It is also much easier to paint a charging bear with spray than make effective shots. Then there are incidents like an OT member's friend, who accidentally shot and killed his hunting partner while trying to shoot the bear mauling him.
That said, I often carry a .40 Glock in the backcountry.
That isn't necessarily what happened. I'll just lay it out for you. The other hunter may or may not have been killed by a bullet. Reason I say this, is that the entrance wound was very distorted, and there was bear related material throughout the wound channel. Also the slug was never recovered, so they don't actually know if it was a bullet or bone fragment(s). Or if it was a ricochet from the guys own weapon as he was shooting the bear as it charged.
That being said I positively wouldn't trust a 45 to take on a bear. The smallest thing I would carry for protection would be a .357 mag, but preferably a 44mag. Ruger Redhawk would get my vote.
Pepper spray I have a real hard time trusting, also for the simple fact once its gone you can't reload. Also some of the spray cans have a pin that must be pulled to activate the can. Trying to fumble with that as a griz is charging doesn't quite make me feel warm and fuzzy.
However depending upon your level of fortitude and courage, you could absolutely disable any bear with a 45 auto. You would just have to wait until it opened its mouth to chew on you and then empty the clip into its throat. Not really ideal.