Originally Posted by Frank Whiton
The best thing is to take a buddy who runs slower than you do.
gutterpunk, back in the 70s the Alaska Fish and Game did some test and decided that Double "0" buckshot was very effective. The problem is the shooter can't wait for the bear to get close enough for it to do its job. If you can wait until the bear is 15 feet away then double buck shot is very effective.
Yes, that's fair. At close range I suppose that's the case, but as you say, most guys would be wetting' the drawers at 15 ft (myself included)--I think Guns and Ammo made a similar point--and a mad bear that close is already on you. As a purely defensive measure its better than nothing--but if one has gotten to that point then something has gone horribly wrong.