Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Now We Know!

The BLNN sends in a story that may finally settle the age-old question: "What caliber for bear?"

Alaska man kills charging bear with assault rifle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A trail south of Anchorage has been closed after a man killed a brown bear that charged him.

Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Jessy Coltrane tells the Anchorage Daily News that an unidentified man came across the bear Sunday morning while hiking alone. He told Coltrane the bear charged him, and he fired 13 rounds from an AK-74 assault rifle he was carrying on his hike.
Obviously, then, the correct caliber for bear is 5.45X39mm.

Honestly, I never would have thought one of the smaller calibers would do the job, but what it looks like is that the multiple shots didn't kill the bear instantly, but made him break off the charge and leave the area. He expired later, off scene. You know, the bear doesn't have to die right away; heck, it'd be a better story if the bear were later found still alive. It's stopping the attack that's critical; the smaller round was able to accomplish that only by rate of fire.

Please note this guy would have needed a magazine change had he been in NY...

That is all.

17 comments:

threecollie said...

He should have stood on the back porch and fired his shotgun into the air. lol Or so Smiling Joe says.

Rev. Paul said...

For the record, the Anchorage Daily News got it right: they described the firearm as a "semi-automatic AK-74 rifle".

It was the national news that turned it magically into an assault rifle.

The State Troopers also ruled it a justifiable shooting, and the man doesn't face any charges.

BadgerMedic said...

The last sentence sums up things perfectly. Oh, but there are no bears in NY, right?

Bubblehead Les. said...

So that concludes Today's Lesson on "What NOT to use on Critters bigger than you are. Any Questions?"

KevinC said...

"Please note this guy would have needed a magazine change had he been in NY..."

And a change of underwear.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

@ KevinC: He probably needed that anyway.

Ted said...

There are black bears in upstate New York

Dave H said...

"There are black bears in upstate New York"

Yes there are, and they carry Glocks dropped by careless hikers from NYC.

Geodkyt said...
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Geodkyt said...

When Eskimos stand polar bear guard at hunting/butchering sites (such as when sealing or whaling), the usual weapon of choice is an AR15 or Mini14 -- both in 5.56mm. Usually with 30 round mags. Raw horsepower versus cost of ammo -- when everything is shipped in by air or a long dirt road truck run, weight and volume add up to a HUGE impact on per-round price.

Polar bears. With a 5.56mm. I guess it really all does come down to shot placement and a steady, unpaicked hand.

Glenn B said...

As for the correct caliber to kill bear, I know someone who dispatched a black bear with a single shot from a rimfire rifle, using a .22LR round. In addition, there was a guy, a couple or a few years back, killed a charging grizzly sow, that was protecting her cubs, as they tried to get out of his chicken coup, with a single shot at point blank range from a .410 shotgun. As I recall, at the time they surmised that at least one of the pellets must have made its way up the nasal cavity to the brain. (Good reason not to pick your nose.)

In NY State, if protecting yourself from a black bear, with a rifle, you would only be allowed o carry a 5 rounder - that is per as NY State hunting regulations (and it does not matter if you are hunting or not if you are in the woods with a rifle larger than a 22rimfire). That regulation/law has been in effect for many years. Puts one in a worse spot than even the NY Safe Act.

The Neon Madman said...

My preference would still be to have Mr. Roy G. Weather by and 460 of his friends........

Old NFO said...

Need something besides a poodle shooter for bear...

Heath J said...

Quantity has a quality all it's own.

(Yes, I've humped an M240 AND a SAW around, why do you ask?)

c-90 said...

Not only a magazine change, but a brown-pants change afterwards..


C-90

MSgt B said...

Out for a hike with his AK-74...

Gotta love Alaska.

Anonymous said...

Wonder why someone on bear country, (and supposedly from the area) would carry that cartridge.

Carry an AR if you like, but do it in .50 Beowulf or .458 SOCOM.

Both hold 10 rounds max in the mag, so they would be MA compliant!