I made this thread a few weeks back on /out/, and I was curious what the response would be on /k/.
I live in a rural area and go into the the mountains alone fairly often (I'm heading out not as a matter of fact), and I usually go alone. I've spent most of this year hiking around the woods here and I've run into moose, bear and elk. I was wondering what would be the best method to protect myself in a confrontation? If I were to get a gun what would be the best choice? Is bear spray enough? Does it also work on moose and elk, that I run into much more frequently? What about mountain lions?
I remember that thread. I suspect you should have brought it here in the first place.
Here's my take on the situation. Carry an air horn instead of spray, and also carry a gun. The horn because it has longer range than spray, and it might serve to scare the animal away. If something is within spray range, you need to have your gun ready because you won't have time to transition if things go south. You're also tactically withdrawing, not standing there and taking selfies with (insert animal here) to post on FB.
A rifle is preferred, .308 being the minimum caliber you're looking for. Or possibly a 12ga with slugs. Look up the ballistics to see if a 12 ga has enough penetration. Speed of follow up shot is also a consideration.
If you choose a pistol, my inclination is to go with a wheelgun in at least .44 Rem Magnum. Avoid 9mm, regardless of magazine capacity, due to marginal penetration in this application. It was originally made as a military round and is not well suited for hunting purposes. This application isn't hunting, as such, but it is big game shooting.
So there's my opinion. Crack a beer, sit back and enjoy the show.
I was thinking something more along the lines of a bolt gun. Though I suppose I have no room to bitch if you pack an M-60. Anything in a full size rifle caliber will do. Just don't miss
I would recommend a handgun over any rifle or shotgun. I say this because I don't know the laws in your area but some of those animals may be out of season. Game warden shows up after hearing a shot and sees you with a rifle he probably won't believe you if it is an out of season animal.
Most animals won't attack unless bothered and most run away after a loud noise. But some are crazy or have rabies so I would want a higher caliber than 9mm.
Don't mess with bear bros. Youtube search "black bear false charge". Most of the time they run at you to scare you but won't do anything. A lot of aminals are like this unless you really make them feel unsafe then they'll fuck your shit up.
I don't go to /out/ much. Not since a month or so after it was made and some guy posted a picture from his backpacking trip. There was a revolver in the picture and a MASSIVE fucking shitstorm blew the fuck up.
seriously i have both a black bear den and a skunk den less than a hundred yards from my house and i'd rape the mother black bear before i would look at any of the baby skunks cross eyed
I have a bizarre fascination with .45-70 lever guns and I can't even entirely explain why. I mean I like old lever guns anyway, but for some reason those have a special place in my heart. I've never even fired one before.
It's always the same coalition of assmad Yuros who do it. A Scando, a Brit, a Frog and I think a couple of others. They shit up any thread relating to guns or hunting. I think they also spend a lot of time samefagging the fuck out of outdoor cat threads on /an/. It's pretty easy to poke them until they have a frothing meltdown.
I carry a Glock 20 15 rounds of 10mm on tap. A 12 gauge is more effective but my 870 doesn't fit on my hip. Usualy if you make enough noise the moose will avoid you before a confrontation could even happen.
Easy mode: Glock 20 chambered in 10mm
Hard mode: Glock 22 chambered in .40 S&W
>the following video shows that even 10mm's retarded little brother can fuck up a moose alright
>dude pulls out CC glock 23 and smokes a young adult moose