Originally Posted by Darrin
While I agree pepper spray is a short range deterrent, a man with a knife can kill a man with a gun with less than 25ft between them. Bears run faster than a man so you better have that bugger out and firing before the bear hits 25 ft.
The bear spray I carry is listed as having an effective range of 25ft, the furthest I've seen is 35ft. I would have it out and prepared to fire at 100ft+, but firing too soon could be a fatal mistake. Bears are definitely much faster than any man though, probably faster than a horse on a tight trail too.
Originally Posted by Celeste
If a bear is charging, and you shoot it with a good solid shot, it may still kill you before it dies all the way.
Yup, it takes an exceptionally well placed shot with a pretty powerful round to stop a charging bear in its tracks. If a bear were already relatively close and an immediate threat, I would prefer bear spray to a gun, because being just an average shot, I'd probably wouldn't make it.