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      05-03-2012 07:08 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by stupakjim View Post
      Wouldn't a shotgun just piss a bear off? Isn't that why most bush pilots carry 500 mags?
      Bush pilots deal with grizzlies, kodiaks, and polars. I only have to worry about black bears which are about half the size.

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      05-03-2012 09:33 AM #27
      What size shell and load? 3 inch mag? Buck or slug?
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      05-03-2012 09:45 AM #28
      The mossberg I have is chambered for 2 3/4" and 3". When I went camping I had 00 buck in 2 3/4" shells with me because that is all the wally world on the way out had in stock. Next time I'll probably have two 3" slugs and 3" 00 Buck in the side saddle. Chances are I'll never need it though.

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      05-03-2012 11:42 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by stupakjim View Post
      Wouldn't a shotgun just piss a bear off? Isn't that why most bush pilots carry 500 mags?
      They likely carry the .500 because it is more compact than a shot gun or rifle.

      The .500 has a lot of punch but not as much as a 3" slug or big game rifle.

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      05-03-2012 12:45 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by kenny301 View Post
      I am with you guys on that. We got back from the trip a week ago and didn't have ANY animals come through the site, which is strange for that area. If a bear came close to the site the last resort would be opening fire on it.
      I honestly wouldn't bother worrying about black bear, there are a whole myriad of other options before you would need to even consider deploying a firearm. False charges are also not uncommon and when you get down to how black bear tend to defend themselves it becomes more likely that you'll be shooting at a target running away from you. Bear spray works, you can do a lot with a can of it and being "big" and loud.
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      05-03-2012 03:57 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by stupakjim View Post
      What size shell and load? 3 inch mag? Buck or slug?


      I have a buddy who use to be a bush pilot up in Alaska.

      He personally carried a S&W 500 because it could easily fit in his bag. But he also has told me that a lot of people carry 12 gauges for bears. Two slugs followed by 00 buck is what the normal is for shotguns up there (with the standard 3 shell limit that you face most places).

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