RotoMetals2Wisconsin TriggerGraf & SonsInline Fabrication
StainLess Steel MediaTitan ReloadingLee PrecisionMidSouth Shooters Supply

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 41

Thread: Grizzly with a revolver!

  1. #1
    Cast Hunter




    RugerFan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Mat-Su, Alaska
    Posts
    1,946

    Grizzly with a revolver!



    Took a grizzly bear with my Ruger Blackhawk .41 mag yesterday. I was hunting over bait (yes, legal in my area) and expecting a black bear. I had seen 2 grizzlies on the trail cam, but they usually came in pretty late and not often. A black bear sow with 3 cubs came in first. After taking a few pics I shooed them away. Not an easy task as the cubs really didn’t want to listen to mom when food was right there (All kids are the same right?).

    Sow


    I did the old girl a favor as the grizz showed up an hour or so later. I had my Marlin 45-70 guide gun along, but really wanted to use my pistol if a decent shot presented itself. Mr. Grizzly walked in like he owned the place and very quickly gave me a 15 yd broadside shot. I took aim and hammered him high in the right shoulder with the bullet exiting low through the left. Not only did the bullet rip through the boiler room, but also clipped the bottom of the spine and paralyzed the back two legs. The bruin let out a RAWR and proceeded to use his two good legs to pull himself downhill. I could see bright red blood pouring out, but have experienced in the past just how tenaciously grizzlies will hang on to life. They really die hard. Not wanting to walk up to a bear that is just “mostly dead” I put a couple of insurance rounds through his chest. All shots were pass-throughs, so no bullet recovery.

    Two of the exit holes.


    The load:

    NOE 411-251-FN (WW + 2% tin)
    Felix lube
    17 gns 2400

    I forget the velocity. I’ll have to check at my next range session.


    Boone and Crockett Club member
    <<----------------<<<<<<
    Pope & Young Club member


    NRA write your reps link: http://www.nraila.org/get-involved-l...your-reps.aspx

  2. #2
    Boolit Master Rainier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Duvall, WA
    Posts
    197
    Excellent Work! Great report and great pictures - thank you!
    Not wanting to walk up to a bear that is just “mostly dead...”
    Seems like a very reasonable thing to avoid when possible
    "Truth is treason in the empire of lies" Ron Paul

  3. #3
    Boolit Master Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    295
    You are the man! AC or WQ? I dream is to harvest a grizzly. I have three blacks under my belt and I have yet to see one roll over dead from the set yet. Bear remind me of chickens and turtles. They don't know they're dead...after they're dead!
    Last edited by Tripplebeards; 07-10-2017 at 11:25 PM.

  4. #4
    Boolit Master tdoyka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    windber, pa
    Posts
    1,253
    nice job!!!

    what did he weigh?
    I am proud member of Basket of Deplorables!!!


    "Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking who fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse." mark twain


    ​Μολών λαβέ !

    ​todd

  5. #5
    Cast Hunter




    RugerFan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Mat-Su, Alaska
    Posts
    1,946
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripplebeards View Post
    You are the man! AC or WQ? I dream is to harvest a grizzly. I have three blacks under my belt and I have yet to see one roll over dead from the set yet. Bear remind me of chickens and turtles. They don't know they're dead...after they're dead!
    Air cooled. Most of my black bear have been taken with a bow. My lone gun kill and my son's 2 gun kills have all been bam-flop. Grizzlies on the other hand, are unbelievably resilient and usually soak up multiple hits.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdoyka View Post
    nice job!!!

    what did he weigh?
    I had to skin him on the spot and pack him out to my truck, so he didn't get weighed. It wasn't a real giant, but I was very happy to take him with my pistol.
    Boone and Crockett Club member
    <<----------------<<<<<<
    Pope & Young Club member


    NRA write your reps link: http://www.nraila.org/get-involved-l...your-reps.aspx

  6. #6
    Boolit Master


    richhodg66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    3,500
    That is very cool, congratulations. I doubt I'd have the steady nerves to be able to pull it off.

    I have had a hankering to get a .41 for some reason lately, not sure why. Guys that have them sure seem to like them.

  7. #7
    Boolit Master Bazoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Cecilia, Kentucky
    Posts
    779
    Congratulations. Getting a griz period is on my wishlist, but with a handgun would make it even better.

  8. #8
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Soda Springs, Idaho
    Posts
    684
    Congratulations on a fine bear! I have used that exact same load for quite a while, a 250 gr. WFN cast & 17 grs of 2400, its never failed me & I always get pass throughs. You did good!

    Dick

  9. #9
    Boolit Master


    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    southern MO
    Posts
    2,475
    RugerFan that is a job very well done. Congratulations are in order. Yes I expect that it takes nerves of steel to do that. I believe having the Guide Gun is good insurance. There is a world of difference here, but I have only taken one black bear at sixty yards with my 35 Whelen. It was a spring bear with minimal fat. The meat was superb. I wonder how the griz is compared to the black bear as far as the quality of the meat? Looks like it would be good eating to me.
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
    the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
    its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
    -- Winston Churchill

  10. #10
    Cast Hunter




    RugerFan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Mat-Su, Alaska
    Posts
    1,946
    Quote Originally Posted by smoked turkey View Post
    RugerFan that is a job very well done. Congratulations are in order. Yes I expect that it takes nerves of steel to do that. I believe having the Guide Gun is good insurance. There is a world of difference here, but I have only taken one black bear at sixty yards with my 35 Whelen. It was a spring bear with minimal fat. The meat was superb. I wonder how the griz is compared to the black bear as far as the quality of the meat? Looks like it would be good eating to me.
    Thanks. I've eaten grizzly bear before and it was ok, but not as good as black bear. I hope this turns out decent.
    Boone and Crockett Club member
    <<----------------<<<<<<
    Pope & Young Club member


    NRA write your reps link: http://www.nraila.org/get-involved-l...your-reps.aspx

  11. #11
    Vendor Sponsor

    Smoke4320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Right here ..at least I was a minute ago
    Posts
    3,001
    Congrads a Grizzly with a revolver ..that's fine work in my book
    I carry a Nuke50 because cleaning up the mess is Silly !!

    http://www.bing.com/search?q=nuke50&...7ADE&FORM=QBLH

    Selling Hi Quality Powdercoating Powder and Sure-Kill deer and cover scents

    PULSAR night vision and thermal dealer !!!
    PM me for a good deal

    I am not crazy my mom had me tested

    Theres a fine line between genius and crazy .. I'm that line
    and depending on the day I might just step over that line !!!

  12. #12
    Boolit Master


    nagantguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    1,880
    That is a nice bear,a great load and a wonderful story! Griz with a wheelgun ;you are the man!

  13. #13
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Bartlesville, Ok
    Posts
    159
    Sounds like a great experience, nice shootin

  14. #14
    Boolit Master Thumbcocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    East Central Illinois
    Posts
    1,916
    Awesome!
    You'll go far providin' you ain't burnt alive or scalped."

    Will Geer as Bear Claw in "Jeramiah Johnson"

  15. #15
    Boolit Master
    white eagle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    from the land of sky blue waters
    Posts
    4,295
    excellent job on the griz
    I would have done the same as you better to have a couple extra hole than
    to get tore up a bit or worse from a not so dead bear
    should be good eatin enjoy
    Hit em'hard
    hit em'often

  16. #16
    Boolit Master





    EMC45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    East TN Mountains...Thanks be to God!
    Posts
    3,483
    Excellent report. Well done!
    You can miss fast & you can miss a lot, but only hits count.

  17. #17
    Boolit Master


    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    2,198
    Wow!!

    I am too much of a kitty cat to ever consider going grizzly hunting with a handgun. Nice job!
    Don Verna

    NRA Endowment Member

  18. #18
    Boolit Master


    richhodg66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    3,500
    Just curious, how difficult is it for a resident to get a tag to hunt grizzly bears? I lived up there for a year and a half and it seemed like everybody hunted black bears, but it seems like tags for grizzlies were hard to get even for residents.

  19. #19
    Boolit Master gpidaho's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Beautiful Idaho
    Posts
    923
    Nice work and great pictures. I have The Ruger 41 BH and that same NOE mould. Thanks for sharing your load. They don't let us shoot Grizz down here and doubt I'm up to the task anyway but I do load for two buddies that hunt black bear. Wait until I show them your kill. Gp

  20. #20
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Ga.
    Posts
    35
    Congrats on good shooting and a nice bear.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check