Originally Posted By Isenhelm:
The OP states if it was the only rifle had.
Shot placement is obviously the main issue, but look at the size wound cavity it would leave...
A hiker in Denali killed a grizzly with a .45 (9 shots)
A ranger killed a bear (maybe the one that mauled Tim Treadwell and his GF Amy Hueguenard) with a .40 (fired 11 times)
A polar bear was shot and killed with an AR-15 near Fort Yukon Alaska.
"Suddenly, the bear came out from under a brush pile about 10 yards away. It charged straight at Cadzow, who was carrying an AR-15, a rifle similar to the U.S. Army’s M-16.
The encounter was so close, Cadzow said, he didn’t have time to lift and sight the rifle.
"I shot from the hip, seven or eight times,” he said. "If I had gotten it to my shoulder, it (bear) would have been on top of me. It happened so quick, by the time it was down, it was about 10 feet from my feet.”
According to the hunters, the young female bear appeared to be in good health and wasn’t starving."
Yes yes and yes,people forget what a high speed round does to flesh, bone, steel,wood and
whatever unless Smokey's wearing bullet resistant armor.
Shoot from the hip or shoulder with a pump or single shot in a split second survival situation and miss... well you get the idea.
In fact I would pick a semi high cap for any senario as long as it's .223 and up.