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    bear defense

    any slug suggestions for a pump 12ga smooth bore? a high power rifle or hand gun is not in my price range. last summer i had a bear come through camp, grabbed my ak since it was better than nothing and stood back. the bear ate my burger that i had started preparing and moved on after sniffing around. making noise didn't really help

    appreciate any suggestions

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    I haven't shot any slugs in 30 years or so. My dad shot down a tree once with 3 20ga. slugs. I have seen comparison reviews is shooting magazines on occassion but not recently. I'm sure an internet search will turn up something.

    What kind of Shotty do you have? I picked up an old 870 rem for a hundred $ years ago. Had a smith shorten the barrel to 20" and put the bead back on. Been going to put sling swivels on but haven't gotten around to it yet. Only been 15 years or so. maybe I'll take it to the range with me today.
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    I have heard that Bear Spray can be the most useful unless you have a big big gun and the right placement. I believe I read it on this forum somewhere even.

    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/54962-1.html

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    From this video, it appears distraction is good
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f94WI-0chv4

    On a more serious note, here is a video showing just how fast a situation can hit
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMbnmLLnsfw

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    When the Wifey and I were heading from CO to Glacier, I did a little research, and because at the time you couldn't take firearms into the NPS, I emailed a guy (PhD) in Alaska for some advice. He said....at the time, that the sprays work well and to make sure to take 2 of them.....in case you also need to use one on your way back. :-)
    Now that you can carry in the NPS, you'll need a pretty big hand cannon or rifle.

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    For bear you want the most penetration as possible. I would think that the AK would be the better choice. Slugs in the shot gun couldn't hury, but some good old surplus steel core ammo for the AK would be my choice, if you can find it.

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    I don't think penetration will be a problem with shotgun slugs. Here is a link to another forum where they discuss hunting REALLY big and dangerous game with shotguns and slugs.

    http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/view...?f=118&t=76655

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