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    I very rarely see bears around here and they are usually on the small side, but I want a 500 S&W just because.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtdew View Post
    I very rarely see bears around here and they are usually on the small side, but I want a 500 S&W just because.
    Never seen a bear in my part of Texas. Was on a lease once and one guy had some photos of a cinnamon bear, PROTECTED MAJOR FINE. GF (now wife) bought me a 4" S&W 500 for my 50th. Just because. Took a doe at 56yds with iron sights a few years ago.

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    Here in my part of va bears coyote and wolfs are just a fact of life. City people moving in and not paying attention to their surroundings don't need to mention the deer population.

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    But a500 Smith would be cool

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    All you need is a little .22.

    Just shoot your buddy in the kneecap and the bear will go after him instead.
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    My. Daddy told me I don't to run faster than the bear I just need to run faster than you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoom6zoom View Post
    All you need is a little .22.

    Just shoot your buddy in the kneecap and the bear will go after him instead.
    I like that.. Like when your scuba diving and you see a shark.. Stab you buddy in the leg and head for the surface.
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    Ruger's are built like tanks. As a reloader I can get more FPE from a 45 vs 44.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    A friend asked me for advice on what revolver he should look at for protection against bears. We are in Wisconsin so I am making the assumption we are talking about black bears.
    For actual carrying any single or double action revolver with a barrel less than 5" in any large caliber capable of 357mag power or greater. Comfort in carrying rate a high priority cuz if it is big and cumbersome it won't get used. Just my preference.

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    Bears can be very hard to kill. And once you shoot them, they can get angry and will attack and **** you up.

    A .44 Magnum would be the very smallest thing I'd consider for bears. If there was any serious chance I'd have to take on a bear, I'd just jump to the .500 S&W.

    Lots of people shoot bears with .44s, and even .357s... but there's a huge difference between hunting a bear, choosing your position, and shooting one from a distance, and between having one step out from around a building or tree a dozen feet from you.
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