This is a discussion on Ruger Alaskan 454 CCW? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I also want an alaskan for the same reason that you want one. Hiking and in the woods and stuff....It also makes sense to carry ...
I also want an alaskan for the same reason that you want one. Hiking and in the woods and stuff....It also makes sense to carry it in a shoulder holster. In the winter or in weather that is adequate for a jacket or outer clothing I think that (loaded with Long Colts) it could also work for CC.
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A couple of years ago I picked up a .454 Alaskan for bear/two legged predator protection for use on our farm. For a test run I loaded the cylinder with .454 Casull 300something grain. The first round felt like a grenade had gone off in my hand and after setting off the remainder rounds, I had suddenly lost interest in using this gun with .454s.
I now have it loaded with .45Colt and it still packs a pretty good punch but a lot more tame to handle. Relegated to homestead protection.
Overall analysis. It is a COOL gun, accurate, fun to shoot with .45Cs. But......too heavy for carry, too BIG a kick w/.454. So, unless the definite need of a .454 and the ability to handle it, probably not the best handgun choice. YMMV
I have a Alaskan .454 and a Simply Rugged Pancake Holster that is easy to carry. I am a big guy so i can conceal the bigger guns rather well. My .44 DE and S&W M500 are a little to heavy however.
Been looking into different gun weights and concluded that these small 44 magnums arent really that much more weight then lets say my Sprinfeild XD 45 acp.. My XD with full mag weighs 40.5 oz. For example the other gun im looking at besides the alaskan is the S&W 629 44 mag performance center it weighs 39 oz empty and 43.5oz estamet loaded.. thats really only around 3 or 4 more ounces then my XD and i think the XD is really light. Not really that much more!
Your XD is plenty for PA. Your 500 can handle anything on the planet. The magnum snubbies, with their short sight radius, leave a lot of unburned powder in the snow. The 4" 26 oz S&W 329PD 44 mag might be nearly as powerful a trail gun.
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I have a Super Redhawk 44 mag that I've cut to a 4 inch barrel, so a little longer than the Alaskan, but it carries very nicely in a Simply Rugged pancake. A big gun, but tucks in very close with that holster. Not the best ccw, but doable under a jacket or heavy shirt.
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I actually think this gun makes sense IF you are only Hiking or Fishing and NOT carrying a long gun.
A shoulder holster would leave your hands free and distributes the weight better than any waist holster.
If you want to lug it around in town - well, it's your spine.
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"If I walk in the woods, I feel much more comfortable carrying a gun. What if you meet a bear in the woods that's going to attack you? You shoot it."
I would.. Save yourself some money. My current cary gun is a springfeild XD 45 acp and its 40.5 oz loaded and i think its really light! Yours loaded probably since it only holds 6 and has no magazine is around 47 or 48 ounces loaded!! really isnt that much heavier then my XD and its a hell of alot more versitile!