I have garbage bags FULL of spent shotgun shells in my house. I'll reload every single freakin one of them at one time or another.Hi Grove:
10 thousand rounds? 3 bears?....that's about 3,333 rounds per bear.
Just kidding..... I know, most of those were for practice....Still I gotta admire your dedication..... Winchester Plat-tips and Fusion Sabots cost about 2 bucks each....10 thousand rounds...that's about $20,000 in ammo. You could have bought a new truck.....
But, all that practice is paying off. You can hit a "man sized" stump at 200 yards with just a shot-gun and iron sights. Shucks, I have trouble doing that with my Sihlouette rifle on a bad day.
Of all the ways to get hurt or die in the bush, getting attacked by an animal is pretty much the bottom of my list. And if my truck stops, I'd rather be hiking with a water bottle and emergency rations instead of a suicide vest and sawed-off pumper, and after a hard day or so you'd be glad to trade too.
I agree.even with alot of practice, how good do you think your aim will be under pressure with a bear coming at you? are you going to hike around with the safety off? don't be one of those guys that ends up on the news after shooting yourself while in the middle of no where.
bear spray is the way to go. it will scare any animal away, even snakes if you happen to find yourself surrounded by rattlers. it's even good to use on ashole humans without getting you in jail.