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#1 Larry $

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 08:24 AM

I posted a couple of days ago in the shotgun forum about my boss's upcoming caribou hunt in Alaska. He had originally planned to use a 12ga slug gun for hunting AND bear protection. Now I believe he is planning on taking his .30-06 for the 'bou and borrowing my Ruger Vaquero .45LC for personal bear defense.

What would be a good choice in FACTORY .45LC ammo for this purpose?

I asked this question on the old boards and was told that Keith bullets are a great choice for hand loaded bear cartridges, but the boss is leaving on Friday and wants to pick up some factory stuff. Any ideas?
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Posted 14 August 2006 - 05:26 PM

Well, never mind. Since all ammo has to go UPS ground which takes about 10 days to get up here in the mountains and my boss is leaving on Friday morning, I have to go with what's available locally. And that will be the Cor-Bon +P 300 gr JSP bonded flat nose. Good reviews and I can walk into the local shop and buy it. Besides, it's not ME going to Alaska and sneaking around in bear country.... :shifty:
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Posted 14 August 2006 - 07:18 PM

A friend of mine has a 45 he carrys for deer and I tried to get in touch with him but to no avail. If the +P loads for that are like the +P loads in a 38 spcl then it should work well. Sure hope he does not have to try it out though.
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 10:49 PM

just tell him to take you and you'll worry about the ammo....
you can be the cover your back bear secuity officer :)

Jack says your really good at it :)
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 01:39 PM

Why yes, Bruce, I AM very good at personal bear defense, thank you. It's simply a matter of opinion as to who I scared the most: the bear or Jack. :evil:

Either way you look at it, I was succesful. The critter disappeared into the next county saving the Pickle's hiney, while Pickle had to change his shorts before we headed back down off the mountain, giving me a great story to tell for years to come. Old Jack is one prepared hunter. He's the only guy I've ever hunted with who keeps a spare pair of shorts in his emergency pack.
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