- Mar 30, 2010
Lion hunters carry .22 Magnum rifles, so it must not take much to kill them. Black bears grow to 400# and Grizzlies to 800#, so even a 44 Magnum is really inadequate. I doubt you would notice the recoil or muzzle blast if a bear was charging you. The thinking of mountain men is that for close range buckshot is good bear fodder, getting a pellet in the eye channel or through the thin part of the skull on the side behind the eye. I would not want to fight one with a handgun but it's always a possibility around here. If I traveled 75 miles West of my house, I would not encounter a single paved road or year round road, to the South there is only one paved road in 200 miles. All of this country is USFS mountains.