"I don't see why the Contender hasn't wiped out both
the big gas op autos and big bore magnum revolvers. The recoil of the things means that having a repeater is of no advantage in hunting, and it's a huge handicap for fighting. Also, of course, the bulk and weight of the things mean that they are most unlikely to be there when you need a gun. Guess it's the "look what I got" syndrome. " [roberg]
Greg Brush (Soldatna, Alaska) was surprised by a hungry 950 lb bear in full charge. Distance 15 yards.
" He was coming like a freight train…in total chase-mode.” *
Mr. Brush drew his short barreled .454 Ruger snubby, and fired 4 quick (350 gr hard cast) snap-shots from the hip.
“I know I missed the first shot, but I clearly hit him after that." *
The bear was stopped (and killed) on the spot, about 5 feet from Mr. Brush. Bear measured 10' 6" from paw to paw.
He who thinks a big-bore single shot handgun is superior to a big-bore repeater (semi-auto or revolver) is wrong.
* "Charging Bear Killed in Alaska," Field & Stream, August 17, 2009
For 20 years the sea was my home, always recall the sun going down, and my trusty friend, a 1911 pistol, strapped to my side.