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Newb User. What can kill a black bear?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by donovanjdouglas, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. donovanjdouglas

    donovanjdouglas Yamhill Member

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    Now that I have your attention, hi there. I'm 24 and have never owned a gun. Not one. And I'm overdue. I've shot many times with many weapons (AK-47, AR-15, 12g, 9mm, .38, .22, .270) and have a simple understanding of how most weapons work and what they can do. I need a weapon light enough for hiking, but powerful enough to defend myself from black bears and coyotes. Am I going bear hunting? No, but I don't want him to go man hunting if you know what I mean. I'm currently considering revolvers or shotguns, preferably a used .357 6" barrel or bigger caliber, such as a .44, or a pump 12 gauge, with a 3-500 budget. Does this sound right? Some have told me .357 won't take a bear down. Please shed some of your vast weapon knowledge with an ignorant although eager redneck. Thanks. D
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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  3. donovanjdouglas

    donovanjdouglas Yamhill Member

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    Sweet. Thanks. I figured there was one out there.
     
  4. donovanjdouglas

    donovanjdouglas Yamhill Member

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    Oh, cougars. I'm much more worried about cougars.
     
  5. rusobr2

    rusobr2 prineville,or Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    welcome to NWF ! well, it looks like your picken up on some info. already . i'm not to much into looken for bears, but your right, they mite be looken for you ! i'm always packen my 7 mm, but as a sidearm, i use a sig p 220 w/ hollow point . haven't had to use it yet, but one never knows ! plenty of good info. here, and some great people to work with !! enjoy yourself !!

    steven