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    Looking for advise in what to carry in a 5" 629 .44mag while hiking in the mountains. Black bears, mountain lions, javalina, bad guys...
    Would a JHP expand on impact on the large animals, or would a JSP do better? I know I'm much more likely to encounter bad two-legged threats. What would you carry?
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    Always carry for the biggest threat you might encounter. No one ever complained about having "too much gun." Something from Buffalo Bore in a heavy .44 would do the job.
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    Just a 22,.. You can hit them in the eye,.. :-) j/k

    I think this will soon be a caliber war,... Bigger better??? I hike often and I just carry a 9mm... With three mags,.. JHP,.. Yes the chance of killing a black bear is not as good as with a 44mag or 500 cannon,.. But we have to draw the line somewhere, and for me the line is being comfortable and forgetting I have it,. After carrying a backpack with extra water for the kids and everyone else that forget's to carry enough, I wouldn't want the extra weight of a ten pound gun too,.. Four to eight hours packing all that is enough to make me really tired..

    This is just my 2cents,. Please don't tell me I'm stupid for my oppinion.. We all have oppinions,.. :-)

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    If bear is in the equation, I'd be carrying a heavy, hard-cast bullet for sheer penetration. JHP's are not a good choice against bear (they expand and stop before hitting vitals). They work just dandy against smaller/bipedal threats as well.

    As for carrying a 9mm...well, it's your life, and your family's lives on the line. If you want to believe your 9mm is sufficient against a bear, well, you know what you're gambling with. Good luck.
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    Something like the old Keith 240 gr cast would be my choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryM View Post
    Something like the old Keith 240 gr cast would be my choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Looking for advise in what to carry in a 5" 629 .44mag while hiking in the mountains. Black bears, mountain lions, javalina, bad guys...
    Would a JHP expand on impact on the large animals, or would a JSP do better? I know I'm much more likely to encounter bad two-legged threats. What would you carry?
    Black bears, mountain lions...DEFINITELY JSP!!

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    Big, cast, solid, heavy (Keith 240 gr. or Buffalo Bore are excellent suggestions) You're prepped for the worst scenerio (bear, big cat) and certainly not "undergunned" for a lesser-sized threat. Enjoy your hikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryM View Post
    Something like the old Keith 240 gr cast would be my choice.
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    Good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryM View Post
    Something like the old Keith 240 gr cast would be my choice.
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    Excellent all around choice. Covers the whole spectrum.

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