Which Gun?

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    Which Gun?

    With our Yellowstone camping trip about a week away, It has been my intent to carry my GP100, 3", stoked with BB 180gr LFN-GC rounds, for hiking and change over to BB 125s for other activities . Two of us will be carrying .357s stoked that way in addition to carrying bear spray.

    Today, after some pondering, I decided I would also bring my .44 Mag (Virginia Dragoon, 6", SA) to have some options. If nothing else, I see it as better for four legged tent crashers in the middle of the night, where being woke out of a sound sleep and spray deployment might be less than stellar.

    Having not shot it in a couple years, I thought I better take it to the range to see if I could hit anything with it. My shooting would help decide if I should bring it.

    I was shooting standing, using a two hand hold at 10 yards, shooting full power .44 Mag, 240 gr JHPs.

    The first target is 5 shots taking my time.

    The second target is around 30 rounds at a faster rate of fire.

    After consideration, I decided that I will bring it. I like having options.

    Thoughts on bringing it?
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    If you don't mind the added weight, why not! Like you said, its nice to have options.
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    Stay away from that Grizzly attack area...
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    I wouldnt want to have to worry about the extra gun while camping myself.
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    We won't be in that particular area where the earlier attack occurred.
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    I like the 44 better in brown bear country. I also like the hard cast SWC better than expanding bullets.
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    I agree re bullets. I don't have any hard cast so I will carry 250gr FPJ as I have fifteen pounds of them to use up.
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    My "tent crasher in the middle of the night gun" is a 12 gauge. I lay it right beside the sleeping bag. During the day it lays up against a tree.
    My carry gun stays on me. If something needs to be shot it'll be with the 12.
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    Sixto,
    I have a couple of good hidey-holes in my vehicle for the one I'm not carrying.

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    Outside the park, that would be my choice also. I'm kinda trying to maintain a low profile.
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    The Virginia Dragoon is going to make a good camp gun. I vote for taking it.

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    I would personally bring along someone that you can outrun... remember, you dont have to outrun the bear, just faster than the slowest one in your group... bring along whatever you can shoot better, and remember with any brown bear, you will need quite a few follow up shots. One shot, even in 44 magnum, will not stop a bear in its tracks, unless you get its head or spine. Bunker
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    Carry a 9mm and a friend you don't like should come along, perhaps the guy who is fighting to get your promotion. In the event of a bear attack promptly shoot him in the leg and run, the bear will eat him and you will be safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INccwchris View Post
    Carry a 9mm and a friend you don't like should come along, perhaps the guy who is fighting to get your promotion. In the event of a bear attack promptly shoot him in the leg and run, the bear will eat him and you will be safe.

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    While a sound idea, I would not, even if I could outrun my three grand daughters. It is likely that the wife and I will be the slowest ones re running. Given the necessity and the opportunity, my intent is to blow off a round near the bear first and hope for the best before actual engaging, if the spray fails. From the video in another thread and some incidents I have read, if it works it is better than ticking off the bear by shooting it with a handgun (griz, not worried about taking out a black) .
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    http://gastatic.com/UserImages/545/9...wm_1616064.jpg

    This should go with you as well as the GP-100 for the two legged critters.

    Was that 15 pounds of .44 mag or did you mean 15 rounds ? LOL

    Have a great time with your g-daughters.

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