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Soldotna mans brush with bear too close for comfort [drops grizzly with Ruger .454 -- MUST-SEE]
Peninsula Clarion ^ | 8/7/09 | Joseph Robertia

Posted on 08/13/2009 8:31:40 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe

Last Sunday a fourth brown bear for the year was killed in a defense of life and property (DLP) shooting, and there is no mistaking that it was the former, not the latter, that was on the line for the man who shot it.

(Excerpt) Read more at peninsulaclarion.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; banglist; bear; grizzly; ruger
This is the official news article. But for the firsthand story (with the photos), you have to go here: http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=62636

Here is one photo, to whet your appetite:


1 posted on 08/13/2009 8:31:46 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Thats a grizzly scene.


2 posted on 08/13/2009 8:37:44 PM PDT by Redcitizen (December 21, 2012; there's change for ya!)
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To: Redcitizen

Sounds like he bearly escaped death.


3 posted on 08/13/2009 8:41:22 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

.454

When only the best will do.....


4 posted on 08/13/2009 8:42:50 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR...Monthly Donors Wanted...I Upped My Monthly. Now, Up Yours.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Looks from the pics like he hit it in the lower jaw maybe? I don’t think the article said.


5 posted on 08/13/2009 8:45:42 PM PDT by hemogoblin (Obama - The Potentate of Parasites)
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To: NewJerseyJoe
Nice weapon for a large brown bear.

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6 posted on 08/13/2009 8:46:24 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. God help us.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Stand next to someone shooting a .454 with all the hearing protection you want and you’ll still never forget it. Loud doesn’t even come close to the sound those things make.


7 posted on 08/13/2009 8:46:53 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (What kind of organization answers the phone if you call a suicide hotline in Gaza City?)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Heh, try shooting one, they have a hell of a recoil too!


8 posted on 08/13/2009 8:48:27 PM PDT by BradtotheBone
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To: NewJerseyJoe
...drops grizzly with Ruger .454

It would be more impressive if he took on the grizzly with a Ruger 1022.

9 posted on 08/13/2009 8:48:49 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Redcitizen
Thats a grizzly scene.

More of a Brownie scene. Like a grizzly scene, only bigger and meaner. :-)

10 posted on 08/13/2009 8:51:57 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: vox_freedom

The pics show a shorter barrel than that, perhaps the Alaskan?


11 posted on 08/13/2009 8:54:33 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama is in way over his ears.)
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To: hemogoblin

That bear will make a pretty lousy rug;)


12 posted on 08/13/2009 8:56:50 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: BradtotheBone

No doubt. Honestly, the report from the one being shot next to me at the range mildly freaked me out.


13 posted on 08/13/2009 8:57:40 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (What kind of organization answers the phone if you call a suicide hotline in Gaza City?)
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To: Secret Agent Man; Ramius

Supporting the right to arm bears might not be a good idea. A onesided massacre was bruin but fortunately this guy had the right firearm for the job.


14 posted on 08/13/2009 8:58:25 PM PDT by Redcitizen (December 21, 2012; there's change for ya!)
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To: vox_freedom
Yes, the article indicates it was an Alaskan, although the gun in the pic looks longer?


15 posted on 08/13/2009 8:58:58 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama is in way over his ears.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

I have a .454 Casull and that is all the handgun I can handle if at that.


16 posted on 08/13/2009 8:59:29 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Ramius
More of a Brownie scene. Like a grizzly scene, only bigger and meaner. :-)

Brownie?

Was it a Kodiak Moment?

17 posted on 08/13/2009 9:00:17 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 204 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Maybe that bear heard through the bearline about tasty Timothy Treadwell.


18 posted on 08/13/2009 9:01:23 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Wow! Great story, (happy ending,) and great pics. That is one brave guy with one rockin’ Ruger. I definately would’ve been Boo-Boo lunch due to extreme and paralizing fear. And he probably would,ve eaten me whole—my still-holstered LCP and all. ;-)


19 posted on 08/13/2009 9:01:31 PM PDT by Miss Behave (AKA "Noogie." I dispense 'em. Hertz Doughnut?)
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To: Redcitizen

Bears are already plenty well armed.

But just on general principles... a rifle is a far better sidearm in Alaska than a handgun. A big rifle.


20 posted on 08/13/2009 9:03:09 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Jeff Chandler
You are correct, and sorry for the long barrel pic of the .454 Casull. The pic below does look a bit longer than the one in your pic of the Alaskan though. Whatever, it was some good shootin' under a whole lotta stress.

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21 posted on 08/13/2009 9:06:23 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. God help us.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

“Grrrrrrrrrr”


22 posted on 08/13/2009 9:07:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (When did it become the Democrat You-Shut-Up-And-Listen-To-Me Tour?)
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To: vox_freedom

He wrote that the bear was moving so fast that he had to draw and snap shoot. I wouldn’t want to be the one charging that guy!


23 posted on 08/13/2009 9:08:14 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama is in way over his ears.)
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To: null and void
Was it a Kodiak Moment?

Ursus arctos... aren't these temperate area cousins of the polar bears?

24 posted on 08/13/2009 9:08:45 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (When did it become the Democrat You-Shut-Up-And-Listen-To-Me Tour?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
aren't these temperate area cousins of the polar bears?

Yes, and they overlap some territory. I've seen news articles about the presence of hybrids of the two.

Grizzlies are a subspecies of brown bear, and are the baddest animals on land.

25 posted on 08/13/2009 9:11:48 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama is in way over his ears.)
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To: null and void
Was it a Kodiak Moment?

[Snicker] Reminds me of a former life... at the CG airstation in Kodiak there's a full standing mount Kodiak bear right in the entrance to the main HQ building. It certainly gets yer attention when you open the doors and go in...

26 posted on 08/13/2009 9:12:33 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Wow.


27 posted on 08/13/2009 9:14:06 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I think so. Except unlike ursa maritimus they are more land/freshwater critters...
28 posted on 08/13/2009 9:14:56 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 204 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Beowulf9
[...] Timothy Treadwell.

the Grizzly (Poop) Man... :D

29 posted on 08/13/2009 9:14:59 PM PDT by roamer_1 (It takes a (Kenyan) village to raise an idiot.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

It's coming right for us!

30 posted on 08/13/2009 9:37:57 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Ramius
But just on general principles... a rifle is a far better sidearm in Alaska than a handgun. A big rifle.
Call me a coward but I would prefer to be carrying my .300 Weatherby Mag. in this situation.
31 posted on 08/13/2009 9:53:18 PM PDT by wjcsux ("If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedom goodbye," Thomas Sowell)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Look at the size of that thing, how could you miss?


32 posted on 08/13/2009 9:54:12 PM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: NewJerseyJoe
VoxEphem comments at the bottom of the story......It is clear that there's a very old, very scrawny, very dead bear involved--it's just not clear how the bear got dead. .....

Can you guess which way this guy is leaning?

33 posted on 08/13/2009 9:57:06 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: Ramius

I have been to the Kodiak Missile Launch Complex. They told us there was approximately 30k bears on the island. I hope they don’t run out of food.


34 posted on 08/13/2009 9:59:39 PM PDT by wjcsux ("If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedom goodbye," Thomas Sowell)
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To: the_daug

Hmmm ...I guess lead poison.


35 posted on 08/13/2009 10:00:21 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: Nailbiter

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?
I see a handgun, pointing at me!


36 posted on 08/13/2009 10:01:08 PM PDT by IncPen (Pitchforks and torches.)
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To: USNBandit

“democrats piss me off”.....eric cartman, same episode.


37 posted on 08/13/2009 10:04:57 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: IncPen

Damn, I spent 10 days in Soldotna a couple summers ago. Stayed in a cabin on a little lake. You could see claw marks on some of the trees from the big bruins. Saw several of them on one of my fishing trips in the boonies.


38 posted on 08/13/2009 10:09:17 PM PDT by umgud (Look to gov't to solve your everday problems and they'll control your everday life.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

I used to believe that a .45 1911 would stop anything until I read an article that one man emptied an 8 shot magazine point blank into a bear and still got mauled. .454 appears to be a necessity instead of a recommendation.


39 posted on 08/14/2009 1:09:58 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: NewJerseyJoe; kanawa
Another bear attacked a freeper that ended well:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1670661/posts
And a story I never will forget.
40 posted on 08/14/2009 1:22:43 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: hemogoblin
Looks from the pics like he hit it in the lower jaw maybe?

IIRC that is the aim point on a charging bear.
If you aim for the upper skull you miss the brain because of their structure. Or the bullet merely ricochets off the severely sloped skull.
Jaw shot goes straight to the brain, providing the bullet has the horsepower to get there.

41 posted on 08/14/2009 2:40:06 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Steve Van Doorn

This fellow’s bear makes mine look like a cub!


42 posted on 08/14/2009 2:11:24 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: null and void

Brownie, Kodiack, grizzley

It has been determined that all three are in fact the same species.

Brown is the preferred name now.. ... especially in Alaska

Not to confuse the issue, but many Alaskan Black bears are colored brown


43 posted on 08/14/2009 2:17:49 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . fasl el-khitab)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder; BradtotheBone
Stand next to someone shooting a .454 with all the hearing protection you want and you’ll still never forget it. Loud doesn’t even come close to the sound those things make.

I love mine so much I even learned to reload for it.
Nothing like having a pistol with the ballistics performance of a Sharps Buffalo Rifle (405 gr bullet, 1100+ fps)

44 posted on 08/14/2009 2:22:21 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (1st Amendment or the 2nd .... let them choose.)
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