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Can I stop a bear with a .45GAP
If you hit him/her... maybe.

A lot of folks swear by the 10mm's for wilderness duty. Fact is, I think that if you can manage to hit the bear between the eyes as it is charging you I think that the 45GAP will do the trick but I am not a ballistics expert.
 

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I wouldn't go for the head, the skull might just ricochet off the rounds and piss him off. (This is what a hunter told me a long time ago so that might be wrong). Go for the heart or maybe take out a limb.

Not a hunter so don't take that as fact.
 

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I wouldn't want to face a large grizzly with anything less than a hot 10mm or .44 Mag, but the .45GAP will do everything the .45ACP will do...I'd be unloading on the thing though. My .45GAP is my preferred carry round. I think, if I were in an area where I was at risk of running into a bear when walking the dog, that I would probably look for something a little more potent for dog walking duty.
 

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Lots of variables...like the size of the bear and how close you are and what type rounds are you carrying...In simple terms, it is not the BEST round for the job, but a well placed round to the heart would work..especially the scrawny brown bears here in Kalifornia...I would be more concerned if it was a Kodiak or a Grizzly in which case a .44 magnum would be my first choice for handgun, or better yet, a .308 rifle at 300 yards, lol. Still, multiple, well placed rounds with a .45 should work.
 

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I prefer not to find out. However, I like the chances of the 10mm best. And I carry 357 sig and know it killed a black bear. (all that is in my area of the Country)

If I were going to be on a walk about in REAL bear country I would want a 454 Casul or 460 or something similar. Or I could just stay out of the woods. lol
 

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Just strap on a S&W 500 and call it a day :D
 
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