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Old 23-09-2014, 10:20   #91
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Can anyone suggest a waterproof container for me to store my assault rifle in as the one I have will not fit into the locker with my 10lb fortress anchor.
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I believe pistols too, although I flew all over the NWT and back with a 12Ga Mossburg with folding stock underneath the back seat. The Canadian officials though it a very sensible thing and even encouraged it. Seems they weren't so much anti gun as anti military style and pistol.
I was a bit surprised to read that game wardens up in bear country often carry shotguns for protection. Would have thought they would have some large caliber rifle.
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Shotgun is actually quite a good multipurpose weapon to carry when going through or flying over the wilderness. Birdshot for wild fowl, buck shot for small game, and rifled slug for big game (at 100m or less). Rifled slug or ball will probably deal with almost any bear if you hit him in the right place. Even birdshot aimed at the head will take out a good deal of his senses and make your escape in a tight situation more likely.
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I was objective.prised to read that game wardens up in bear country often carry shotguns for protection. Would have thought they would have some large caliber rifle.
As a noisemaker, a 12ga is probably better than most rifles. No sense actually shooting a bear if scaring him will achieve the desired outcome, i.e. not becoming a bear snack. Also an ill placed panic shot from a shotgun will probably impress a bear more than a minor rifle wound. Killing the bear shouldn't be the objective. It should be merely one possible and somewhat regrettable outcome of an anti bear defense.

I wonder what size shot they are carrying? I would think 00 or 0.anything lighter might give poor effect against such a heavily furred critter.
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As a noisemaker, a 12ga is probably better than most rifles. No sense actually shooting a bear if scaring him will achieve the desired outcome, i.e. not becoming a bear snack. Also an ill placed panic shot from a shotgun will probably impress a bear more than a minor rifle wound. Killing the bear shouldn't be the objective. It should be merely one possible and somewhat regrettable outcome of an anti bear defense.

I wonder what size shot they are carrying? I would think 00 or 0.anything lighter might give poor effect against such a heavily furred critter.
By your statement I am going to assume you haven't spent much time deep in the Back country. I would go into further detail but as this thread has traveled from asking about carrying a gun on board to how to best kill bears I will refrain from here.

On a side note I wonder if the mods will allow a permanent gun only thread, kind of like the joke thread but you can discuss anything gun related? May help with some of these drifts and answer gun questions for people that are generally curious about guns.
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I wonder what size shot they are carrying? I would think 00 or 0.anything lighter might give poor effect against such a heavily furred critter.
Thinking more about it, the article was on the internet some time ago, was written by some department of the state of Alaska, and reviewed various calibers suitable for protection from bears. Needless to say, the larger calibers were more highly recommended. They said that wardens carried 12 guage pump guns with rifled slugs.

It might be possible to google up that article.
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On a side note I wonder if the mods will allow a permanent gun only thread, kind of like the joke thread but you can discuss anything gun related? May help with some of these drifts and answer gun questions for people that are generally curious about guns.
This is specifically about guns for cruisers, so a perfectly legitimate topic.

It would be good to resist the urge to drift over into specifically gun topics not related to cruising -- there are gun forums for that.

But the main issue in these threads is when people go crazy and start flaming each other, which frequently happens. So far this thread has been fine in that regard . As a practical matter, the "Be Nice Rule" is the one really inflexible rule on here, so as long as the discussion remains civilized and respectful, we don't usually get too bothered.
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Um. Try bring an assault rifle into Canada and soon you won't have an assault rifle anymore. They don't give them back...
military style weapons,or fully automatic rifles are generally not owned by the general public,so would probably cause the officials to confiscate them though,never heard of a hand gun being confiscated.

it would just be put in bond untill you leave
(even if illegal in australia or canada)
,as even if it is illegal in the host country,it is not illegal on the high seas,and since it is not technically being brought into the country all they can do is put it in bond as you have not broken any laws by declaring it on entry.
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On a side note I wonder if the mods will allow a permanent gun only thread, kind of like the joke thread but you can discuss anything gun related? May help with some of these drifts and answer gun questions for people that are generally curious about guns.
It wouldnt matter. Most people start their own threads. We have lots of threads on guns here..... a quick check shows minimal reference to them.
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Seems strange hearing you Americans talking of guns. I have been cruising world wide for 16 years and have visited most islands and countries except the USA. I'm too nervous about your country due to the violent reports I hear!
So here's the view of an Englishman whom apart from military service finds the thought of a gun alien. Firstly why go cruising if you want to shoot up the place.
99% of the people are nice! The poorer they are the more friendly as a rule?
We have circumnavigated without shooting anybody but I would probably choose UK politicians as my first target if I had a choice (not to keen on Bush).
If your boat is UK registered you cannot carry a firearm without specific permission from the Home office in the UK. Anything else regardless of your nationality would be illegal. Even if you have a gun license.
Be sure that you are a good shot in a boat rocking at sea and when the odd pirate or more is slamming you with an AK 47. Has your wife ever seen a gun fired for real!! Be absolutely sure to kill all attackers then clear out of that country immediately as for sure you have just killed the Police chiefs brother and they (he) wont like you for it! Customs generally hate people with guns...you create paperwork and as someone else said it will be bonded for the duration. If you carry anything other than a two barrel shotgun in Europe beware? Hand guns are a big no no as are military weapons!!
Failing that talk nicely to people and smile, be polite, your in their patch so treat them as if they are important. Remember that once you leave the Caribbean you are not in the majority. It is very rare for a European, Aus' or Kiwi vessel to be armed and we seem to manage Ok without and visit some really strange out of the way places!
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On a side note I wonder if the mods will allow a permanent gun only thread, kind of like the joke thread but you can discuss anything gun related? May help with some of these drifts and answer gun questions for people that are generally curious about guns.
We need to start our own gun owners social group, or rather cruising with guns. sort of like the "Nude sailing" Social group, where one needs to be invited and required to behave.

Oh jeez... I just noticed that weavis has been promoted to moderator. What next?

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We need to start our own gun owners group, or rather cruising with guns. sort of like the "Nude sailing" group, where one needs to be invited and required to behave.

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You mean...Nude sailing with guns?

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I wonder what size shot they are carrying? I would think 00 or 0.anything lighter might give poor effect against such a heavily furred critter.
I alternated OO buck and slugs, I did not have a rifled slug barrel, such things exist and rifled slugs aren't really near as good as a rifled barrel.
Anyway I carried a box of I believe #4 bird shot as well as a hunting round and fishing gear and lots of MRE's etc.

My understand is that for a brown bear, even OO buck is a weak round, you want slugs, but if he's moving he is hard to hit.

I believe a shotgun was OK, but bear spray was illegal, you Canadians am I right about that or maybe misinformed?
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