While some folks claim the . 44 Magnum is the minimum for charging bears, many others have opted for a Glock 20 in 10mm Auto and, interestingly enough, passed right by the . 357 S&W Magnum. Several folks have even successfully killed bears with a 9mm.
What is the best gun to kill a black bear?
For black bears, in country where there is no grizzly presence, the popular deer and elk cartridges will certainly work very well; a . 308 Winchester or . 30-06 Springfield loaded with a 165- or 180-grain spitzer bullet will handle black bears.
What’s the best weapon against a bear?
Bear spray is a more effective weapon to survive a bear attack.
Can a 9mm kill a bear?
Your 9mm bullet should have enough penetration to hit his lungs. The bear will die of his injuries, but he will still have enough life left in him to do you in, before he dies.
Will a 12 gauge slug kill an elephant?
For example, you could certainly kill an elephant with a 12 gauge slug, or a . 223, if you put one in an eye, or an ear, or another vulnerable spot, from a few feet or yards away. And even if it takes hours, or even days, to die, the animal is still dead.
Can I shoot a bear if it attacks me?
Firearms are not recommended for stopping an attack.
Using a firearm during a bear attack may only worsen the attack. An injured bear will be more aggressive, especially during a fight.
Will a .44 Magnum stop a grizzly?
Bears, including grizzlies, have been killed with 22 long rifles. The 44 magnum is almost unspeakably more powerful than the 22 rimfire, so of course it will kill a bear.