View Full Version : Slugs....

May 23, 2002, 08:59 AM
Are slugs adeaquate for self defense against bears? Do they remain effective fired through a short barreled 12 gauge? Thanks..

May 23, 2002, 09:19 AM
If you have to use a shotgun against a bear, slugs are the way to go. I'd prefer a rifle and a longer stand-off distance myself, but you don't always get to choose where and when these things happen.

May 23, 2002, 09:29 AM
yep. yep.

I wouldn't just say "shotguns" though. Stick to 12 ga. 20 might work...might.

Dave McC
May 23, 2002, 08:08 PM
As I understand it, some park rangers doing nuisance bear transportation use pump guns stoked with either with Brennekes or mix loaded 00 and Brennekes.

Some flyfishers I know who do Alaska say the guides tend to pack riot guns rather than than 44 Magnums these days.

May 24, 2002, 07:44 PM
The bear hunters I talk to tell me that a 12 ga. slug WILL ABSOLUTELY stop a bear.

May 24, 2002, 09:36 PM
"...slug WILL ABSOLUTELY stop a bear." To be taken with a grain of salt.


May 24, 2002, 10:27 PM
I once posted the same question on Marlin's forum. . .hehe. I asked what would be more reliable in taking down/stopping a grizzly? 45-70 or brenneke slug?
After swearing about how the 45-70 was Gods "sledge hammer", and working through his obvious affection for his guide gun , he conceded that the brenneke slug was a force to be reconed with. In fact, he later chose the slug.:D