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    Black Bear vs. .357 Magnum

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    Black bear vs. .357 Magnum
    Our trip was planned, but my buddy called off, so I went solo into opening day at south Sequoia National Park 1979.
    I had backpacked in about 4 miles when I found a disturbing sight. It was a campsite that was torn apart and it seemed the humans made a hasty retreat. There were expensive sunglasses, knives, and parts of a tent and food wrappers. Hmmm?
    I had always taken my trusty S&W Model 65 .357 Magnum with me on trips into the outback. This time I had 158 gr. JSP factory PMC ammo.
    Another 2 miles and I had found my spot to camp. In those days I did not have a tent. My stay was peaceful for the first 3 nights, but on the fourth evening as I started to cook dinner, laid down to read waiting for my water to boil. I smelled something different.
    I sat up and there was a big black bear with a radio collar around its neck with my food bag in its mouth. I jumped up yelling and blowing my whistle as I chased the bear across a creek. It went up the hill with my food bag, dropped it and came down after me. I stood my ground, bear on one side; 12 feet of creek, three feet deep, and me on the other side.
    Well it was very angry with me and stood on it hind legs growling. It grabbed a small tree and shook it apart and pacing back and forth. I chucked rocks and sticks at it until there was no more. It was 5:30 PM and getting darker.
    The black bear finally started to cross the creek, it cautiously stepped on the boulders to cross as it watch my next move. I drew my S&W .357 Mag and fired a warning shot into the soft creek bank. Click and nothing, It was a factory dud! My next try would be lethal. The bear was at the 10 foot mark and coming across. I took careful aim into the bears left ear, thinking it was the softest spot into the brain, next shots would, if lucky, be the nose. I knew I was under gunned.
    I am not a hunter, it’s not my thing, but I would not be the hunted. With five more shots and my K-Bar knife there was no place to go but hand to claw fight if it came to it.
    I said, “I am sorry I have to do this.” And readied my first shot. The big bear stopped and backed off, went up the hill to eat. I ran back to camp and put everything into my sleeping bag and ran up the hill. I stopped and looked back and saw the bear running down the hill to the creek. It was now a foot race, about six miles in the dark west.
    I lost the trail twice and crosses several streams that I had forgotten about but made it back to my car at 11:30 PM.
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    I now carry into the outback my .44 Magnum, Ruger or Smith loaded with 310 gr. Hammerheads. Thanks for reading my story. (It’s true too)

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    Good for you. You have my upmost admiration. It takes more courage to AVOID taking a life, animal or human, than just blast away. The bear was just being a bear in it's area, it didn't deserve to die for that.
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    Thanks 1 old 0311, it was close. I have thought about that moment for many years. 4 times I had to draw my weapon to save my butt, no blood, no deaths, life went on. But two different stories told from two sides of the line, ain't life grand?
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    Wow cool story, glad you made it out OK!
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    That's a gripping story, Like the others I'm glad you came out okay.
    I haven't seen any bears yet while we're out hiking, but surely the time will come. I carry a .41 magnum with hot loads for just such an emergency.
    Sometimes retreat is the best solution.

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    Wise move to pack a .44 Mag. Ruger! You've been lucky 4 times....but next time......? I don't know about sparing the bears life......if you wait too long.....it could mean your own life. If I had a choice between me...or the bear.......I wouldn't hesitate to shoot a bear that was coming for me. God helps those.....that help themselves! Bob
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    Good on you for keeping your head. Something verty difficult to do in such circumstances.

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    It was many, many years ago, but a chance encounter I'll never forget, and meeting a bear was the last thing on my mind at the time. No way out so I had to pull the trigger.
    .45 Colt Single Action loaded with 255 gr. lead SWC and 8.5 grains of dirty old Unique powder.
    One lucky shot between the running lights & it was all over. And yes, I was scared shi*less.

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    No bears around here so .357 is what I will carry when out in the woods.
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    What an incredible story!We used to refer to that as " Unassing the A.O.".I run into black bear and browns all season (May-October) and I never fail to have a complete meltdown every time. Frankly they scare the helloutta me and I ain't ashamed to admit it.I've carried 41's, 44's and 45's. Never felt undergunned with any of them. My current protector is a 45 Colt New Vaquero.It's kept me alive so far.


 
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