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Thread: 38 Special Bear Defense Load

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    I had some 7.62x39 rounds that were loaded with wooden bullets. They were marked as blanks I didn't know they were bear rounds.
    Probably vampire rounds
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    reading this I cant stop thinking about the Hugh glass bear encounter in 1823

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    I did once scare off a large male black bear with a .22 pistol, by shooting it into the air. I would have been toast if the bear had decided to attack me rather than running up the hill away from me.
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    38 special Bear defense load. Well at least it's loaded in 38 special brass Click image for larger version. 

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    I used a Ford F-250. While I was throwing a Hefty garbage bag full of our "after work" party remains onto the dump in Prudhoe BaY, Ak, I must have got close to a big griz who was having dinner at the dump, that I didn't notice with my hangover. I was in the bed of a 4x4 truck and when he stood up to roar and scare the do-do out of me, we were eye to eye. I pounded on the cab and told the driver to get us outa' there. If I'da only had a 38!!
    IT AINT what ya shoot--its how ya shoot it. NONE of us are as smart as ALL of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doughty View Post
    News reports indicate that in the incident Rudy Noorlander had this week with a grizzly, that the revolver he was carrying "misfired." Anybody know what that revolver was?
    I wondered the same thing. I'd like to know the circumstances behind "misfired"
    IT AINT what ya shoot--its how ya shoot it. NONE of us are as smart as ALL of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmbif View Post
    reading this I cant stop thinking about the Hugh glass bear encounter in 1823
    Reminds me of the movie Revenant as well…
    ...Speak softly & carry a big stick...

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    .38 Special is overkill for those who know what they are doing.

    This woman (young girl at the time) used a single shot .22 and .22 long ammunition to get her bearskin rug from the world record Grizzly Bear at the time:
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    The woman's name was Bella Twin. Her story can be found here:

    https://www.ammoland.com/2017/06/bel...#axzz8EiMeUuzx
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    That's why I make sure I have my fingernails and teeth ready in bear territory -- clearly worked for our cavemen ancestors...

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    The late beloved Jack O'Connor once wrote about the legend of the Indian killing great bears with a .22 rimfire. He offered the opinion that the Indian has much more sang froid than the average city dude hunting in the wilderness for the first time.

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    Surely better than nothing. 158 gr. #2 alloy wfp pushed as fast as is safe in your firearm. I remember watching a bear hunting video from Alaska where the guide warned the client to be quiet after the shot because if the bear knew where the hurt came from he would come for you. he would certainly know where the hurt came from using a 38.
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