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Old September 12, 2021, 08:27 PM   #9
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shotguns and bears

A 12 ga shotgun and suitable slugs, like the harder alloy Brennekes and possibly others, are commonly used as bear defense. You can occasionally see Alaska Troopers so armed on their TV series, and I know of several NPS rangers in AK who did the same. Conventional Foster deer slugs are pretty soft and would be a second choice in a shotgun, I have seen them fail to exit on deer.

Whether or not the Shockwave and their ilk are appropriate is another matter. Obtaining consistent accuracy with the birdshead and pistol gripped guns is difficult with "hip shooting". Add closing distance and a moving target and I'd think near impossible. Bringing the guns up to eye level helps a lot, but at that point why not just have a conventional buttstock?
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