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    Advice Needed: Guns For Living In Chruchill Manitoba

    My son is moving to Chruchill Manitoba shortly and has asked my advice about what guns he should purchase. Self defence against bears and for hunting waterfowl, small & large game. He is new to hunting but not shooting. He has experience with a 12G Remington 870.

    1. Pump vs semi 12 gauge... i love pump action so Iím a little bias so I was thinking pump action 12 gauge like a Benelli Super Nova or?? to be used for bear defence & waterfowl etc.

    2. Savage 110 APEX Storm XP bolt action in .30-06 or??? for hunting ...

    3. Something in a small caliber for small game??

    Sorry for the newbie questions. Hopefully there are a few hunters out there with experience up in that area that can point us in the right direction.

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    Self defence against bears


    He has experience with a 12G Remington 870.
    Realistically, that's all he needs for all the game mentioned. A barrel swap is all that's required if he just buys one gun. Pair that with a cheap 22 for small game, and he's good to go.

    What's his budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by awndray View Post




    Realistically, that's all he needs for all the game mentioned. A barrel swap is all that's required if he just buys one gun. Pair that with a cheap 22 for small game, and he's good to go.

    What's his budget?

    I’d say up to $2000 budget to start.... I was looking at the Mossberg & ATA shotguns that come with interchangeable barrels but wasn’t sure if that would cover all the bases.

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    What did the poor kid do to get shipped to Churchill? RCMP?

    I agree wih awndray on 12G with a couple barrels and a NICE 22

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    Self defence against bears:

    If you don't have it with you it is useless.

    Bear spray, in a holster on your belt, anytime you are outside near a structure that can provide refuge/cover (anywhere in town or around the house, etc).
    When you are distant from cover then have the bear spray (which you always have anyway) and light quick rifle (like a lever) in 44 mag or better in case you run out of spray while seeking cover.

    You're just as likely to be attacked while putting out the garbage or going to the library as your are if you were hiking in the back country.

    If you don't have it with you it is useless.

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    12GA for polar bears should be fine. They’re domesticated enough there you can get pretty close.

    It’s Churchill, how much time is he really going to be outdoors anyways?

    Money on a good sled and 12V heated clothing might be the better investment...

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    Been there, done that. 12ga pump with poppers to scare them and slugs if the poppers don't work. We even put 2x8 with 4" spikes on the steps when in the house to stop them "knocking" on the door.
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    Up close, a 12 gauge slug will stop damned near anything.
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    If you want a serious stopper use 12 Sabots, they are amazing, costly but super accurate.

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    I run Federal TruBall Deep Penetrator slugs in my 12ga pump gun for bear defence. They're second really only to Brennekke Black Magic slugs which are pretty much unobtanium in Canada.

    Here's one of the reviews that convinced me to use them

    I'd rather make a difference than a dollar.

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