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Grizzly Guns (World Record shot with a .22)
angelfire.com ^ | na | H.V. Stent

Posted on 02/15/2012 8:43:55 AM PST by marktwain

“Grizzly Guns” by H. V. Stent

If you are planning a grizzly hunt or only dreaming of one, a big question is which rifle to use.

On that fascinating subject, I’ve been amassing information for some 40 years of living as a teacher, fruit grower and hunter in that bear paradise, British Columbia, where stories of encounters with grizzlies and brown bears are enjoyed where ever sportsmen gather and are often headlined in newspapers and television newscasts.

Such meetings sometimes result in a mauled man or shot bear, or both. A recent one ended with both man and bear dead.

Rolf Voss of Surrey, British Columbia, had shot a caribou near Fort Nelson, in the north-central part of the province, and was carrying parts of the carcass back to his camp in wooded mountain country when a grizzly, perhaps smelling the meat, attacked him. Voss got off two shots with his .270 that proved fatal to the bear, but the grizzly bit Voss about the head – they usually go for the head – and killed him. The two bodies were found side by side.

This is no reflection on the .270. That cartridge has killed many grizzlies and browns. In 1985, a fine 27-incher (total skull measurement) fell to a .270 in the hands of Roger Pentecost of Peachland, BC. In 1986, another record-class grizzly was killed by Alvars Barkis of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, with a .300 Magnum; and a medium-size one, about 500 pounds, was killed by 12-year-old Gary H. Holmes of Kimberly, BC, with a .25/06. Back in 1965, the world-record grizzly fell to one .30/30 bullet fired by Jack Turner. And before that, the world-record grizzly succumbed to a .22 Rimfire!

Bella Twin, an Indian girl, and her friend Dave Auger were hunting grouse near Lesser Slave Lake in northern Alberta. The only gun they had was Bella’s single-shot bolt-action .22 Rimfire rifle. They were walking a cutline that had been made for oil exploration when they saw a large grizzly following the same survey line toward them. If they ran, the bear would probably notice them and might chase, so they quietly sat down on a brush pile and hoped that the bear would pass by without trouble. But the bear came much too close, and when the big boar was only a few yards away, Bella Twin shot him in the side of the head with a .22 Long cartridge. The bear dropped, kicked and then lay still. Taking no chances, Bella went up close and fired all of the cartridges she had, seven or eight .22 Longs, into the bear’s head. That bear, killed in 1953, was the world-record grizzly for several years and is still high in the records today. Which only goes to show that in an emergency, strange things are possible, but who wants that kind of emergency?


TOPICS: Education; History; Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: 22; banglist; grizzley; record
I have read of at least two other cases where grizzly bears were killed with .22 rifles.
1 posted on 02/15/2012 8:43:58 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain
Photo of Bella Twin and her world record grizzly.
2 posted on 02/15/2012 8:46:04 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain
Bears have very thick skulls. If you can get your bullet into the skull cavity (perhaps through the ear canal), it will just bounce around inside and turn the brain to soup.
3 posted on 02/15/2012 8:47:49 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: marktwain
I'm glad it killed the bear, however, That had to be a very sick feeling to realize that your life depended on a single shot 22, long at that!

Mike

4 posted on 02/15/2012 8:50:10 AM PST by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: marktwain
Fu22y Wu22y was a bear...

5 posted on 02/15/2012 8:53:29 AM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: MichaelP
Yes! If she had modern .22 LR, she would only have needed to shoot an addition 4 shots for “insurance”! /S

In one other case, a prospector had a single shot .22 and a box of shorts. His dog and a griz got into a tangle, and he kept plugging away at the bear’s head with his .22 and shorts.

The bear roared at him at some point, and he popped it through the roof of the mouth into the brain and killed it.

There was also at least one case where a .22 was used to kill and elephant. It was a shot to the big arteries out of the heart. The animal was quietly shot, then the hunters waited several minutes for it to bleed out and topple over. Not exactly a quick stopper!

6 posted on 02/15/2012 8:56:57 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Amazing. I’d think that a .22 would just glance off their skull.


7 posted on 02/15/2012 9:04:24 AM PST by wbill
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To: marktwain
But the bear came much too close, and when the big boar was only a few yards away, Bella Twin shot him in the side of the head with a .22 Long cartridge.

Proving the old adage that shot placement is more important than caliber.

8 posted on 02/15/2012 9:07:24 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: marktwain

ALl I know is lots of people have been killed by .22s. Besides, when the SHTF I won’t be trying to protect myself from bears. Though I WILL be protecting myself from animals.


9 posted on 02/15/2012 9:23:24 AM PST by Terry Mross (Difference between a conservative / liberal-obvious. Difference between a rep and a dem? None)
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To: I see my hands

“He was a hairy bear, He was a scary bear...”

-Bart Simpson


10 posted on 02/15/2012 9:25:57 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: marktwain

I read a story about a guy in Africa in the early 1900s hunting Cape Buffalo. One charged him and he turned around to get his rifle from his trusty gun bearer only to find that the gun bearer was gone. The hunter climbed a nearby tree. The Buffalo waited for him to come down. The hunter had a 22 pistol with him with something like 60 rounds. He made a dummy out of his clothes and hung it down for the Buffalo to charge at. Every time the Buffalo went by, he put a 22 into it. Fired every last cartridge and the Buffalo stood there looking at him. The guy was in the tree all night. The Buffalo was gone next morning.


11 posted on 02/15/2012 9:28:46 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: marktwain

Benjamin Martin: Aim small, miss small.

From the Movie: The Patriot (2000)


12 posted on 02/15/2012 9:31:44 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: marktwain

Pure serendipity. That bear was done in by what used to be known in some circles as a “golden BB.”


13 posted on 02/15/2012 9:31:44 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: marktwain

Rolf Voss of Surrey, British Columbia, had shot a caribou near Fort Nelson, in the north-central part of the province, and was carrying parts of the carcass back to his camp in wooded mountain country when a grizzly, perhaps smelling the meat, attacked him.


I frankly don’t know if this is true, but I have heard that the bears actually will come once they hear the shot. A dinner bell, if you will. I do know that once salmon fishing in Canada bears were known to follow fishing parties, and we were told that if you landed a salmon and you see a bear come towards you, you should politely STEP AWAY FROM THE FISH!


14 posted on 02/15/2012 9:34:48 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: blueunicorn6
Fired every last cartridge and the Buffalo stood there looking at him.

I wonder how close the buff was. Even on a buff, the eyes are vulnerable to a .22.

15 posted on 02/15/2012 9:36:30 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

“...had a single shot .22 and a box of shorts...”

If all I had was a .22 up against a griz, I’d need a box of shorts too......

at least one change.....


16 posted on 02/15/2012 9:37:24 AM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: marktwain
It took 60 rounds form a 22 to kill a black bear here in Colorado. I would not shoot a bear with a 22 because it might must make him mad and then what would I do?
17 posted on 02/15/2012 9:41:16 AM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Amberdawn
"the big brown bear came lolloping over the mountain"

- Grandpa Potts


18 posted on 02/15/2012 9:42:09 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: marktwain
Bella went up close and fired all of the cartridges she had, seven or eight .22 Longs, into the bear’s head.

Well, any thoughts a home invader might have of getting away from her house safely are pretty much slim and none........

19 posted on 02/15/2012 9:44:23 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: mountainlion
"...it might must make him mad and then what would I do?"

LOL! Coat the gun with heavy lube. Hand it to the bear. Grab your ankles.
20 posted on 02/15/2012 9:47:59 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: G Larry
I put a lot of venison from my orchard on the table with a .22 LR .... and a very powerful police flashlight. I had always planned on telling any overly inquisitive Game Warden that the deer charged?

You've got to believe me!

21 posted on 02/15/2012 9:51:16 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: PowderMonkey
Coat the gun with heavy lube. Hand it to the bear. Grab your ankles.

Are you quite sure you're here for the hunting?

for the rest of the joke, see me at the VFW. You're buying.

22 posted on 02/15/2012 9:53:52 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: freedomlover

I lived in AK for 2 years in the bush, and yes...bears will come investigate shots. They are smarter than dogs at any given age with little to no fear of man now that most people, even in remote AK, take their pictures rather than their lives. It is the gut pile they are after, not the man or the meat really.....like people, most bears avoid trouble and grab easy meals rather than fight for a prime cut.


23 posted on 02/15/2012 10:01:03 AM PST by Lowell1775
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To: marktwain

Don’t know now if it is true or not....but remember hearing more than once...that Eskimos hunted polar bears with 22’s in the old days before Uncle Sam bought them all 300 Win Mags by waiting until the bear would rear up and open it’s mouth, and being close enough to kiss, the Eskimo warrior would pop the bruin in the roof of the mouth and go home to momma with a new white parka and bear steak for dinner.


24 posted on 02/15/2012 10:04:09 AM PST by Lowell1775
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To: marktwain

1. I don’t have to outrun him—I just have to outrun you.

2. It’s not very sporting: This is why we should arm bears.


25 posted on 02/15/2012 10:39:28 AM PST by tumblindice (Whitey-American: Taxed Enough Already)
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To: Lowell1775
...that Eskimos hunted polar bears with 22’s in the old days before Uncle Sam bought them all 300 Win Mags by waiting until the bear would rear up and open it’s mouth, and being close enough to kiss, the Eskimo warrior would pop the bruin in the roof of the mouth and go home to momma with a new white parka and bear steak for dinner.

Didn't even have to repair the bullet hole in his brand new white bearskin rug.

26 posted on 02/15/2012 10:40:14 AM PST by immadashell
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To: Lowell1775
In White Dawn (1974), a film about three Yankee wailers castaway in the Arctic, there is a scene where an old Eskimo shaman confronts a polar bear. As the man draws near, the bear rises up to six or seven feet on its hind legs and bellows as it extends its front paws. Unrattled, the shaman takes a fragile looking bone tipped spear and carefully inserts it into the bear's chest, avoiding the rib cage is such a way as to sever the aorta cleanly, causing the bear to simply collapse. Placement is everything.
27 posted on 02/15/2012 11:55:01 AM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: Yo-Yo

Aim small, shoot small.


28 posted on 02/15/2012 11:57:33 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: PowderMonkey
Kind of reminds me of cartoon 2E. The caption is "We should write down that spot."
29 posted on 02/17/2012 9:30:03 AM PST by marktwain
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