Question re: caliber for wilderness/ mountain side arm

Question re: caliber for wilderness/ mountain side arm

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    Question re: caliber for wilderness/ mountain side arm

    Another "which caliber is best' question. Thinking about a stainless "4"revolver as a wilderness side arm.
    Calibers being considered include .357, .41, .45 APC or Long Colt. Also, though not a major factor, does anyone know about the comparative recoil of each. Long Colt is probably the lesser of the four.


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    Whenyou say wilderness, are there bears or just coyotes and such, if bears I would not go much less than .44 special or Mag bears scare me I would have a 4" s&w 500 otherwise GP 4" .357
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    I either conceal carry a 4" Colt .357 magnum revolver with two speed loaders or my Glock G20 SF 10mm with two spare magazines in rural areas. If there are bear or moose in the area, I switch to a 4" S&W 29-2 .44 magnum with two speed loaders. If I open carry or I am hunting, it is a 6" to 10 1/2" .357 or .44 magnum revolver.
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    Seeing as how you are in Georgia, all the above will suffice well. Black bears are not thick skinned, and not particularly hard to kill.

    But the one thing in your thinking that needs addressing, is that the 45Colt is not the lesser of those mentioned.properly load, it handily beats the 44 magnum, and in its original loading of a 255 grain bullet at 900 fps, it is the one to have for the power factor without the blast and ear splitting bark. And quite capable of taking anything in the right hands, except the greater bears and moose, although, it has enough thump to do that if you are up to it.
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    Being from Ga I would stay with a .357 it would handle Black Bears, cougars and two legged varmints.
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    I personally carry a 2.5" Ruger Alaskan .454 Casull in the wilderness.

    In the city I carry a Glock 30S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Seeing as how you are in Georgia, all the above will suffice well. Black bears are not thick skinned, and not particularly hard to kill.

    But the one thing in your thinking that needs addressing, is that the 45Colt is not the lesser of those mentioned.properly load, it handily beats the 44 magnum, and in its original loading of a 255 grain bullet at 900 fps, it is the one to have for the power factor without the blast and ear splitting bark. And quite capable of taking anything in the right hands, except the greater bears and moose, although, it has enough thump to do that if you are up to it.

    I completely agree. The only reason I don't carry a .45 Colt for self-defense is mine are all Colt or Ruger single-action revolvers with longer barrels that I open carry. Buffalo Bore has a 260 grain @ 1450 fps and CorBon has a 300 grain @ 1300 fps if you want to get serious with .45 Colt rounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddclancy View Post
    I personally carry a 2.5" Ruger Alaskan .454 Casull in the wilderness.

    In the city I carry a Glock 30S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddclancy View Post
    I personally carry a 2.5" Ruger Alaskan .454 Casull in the wilderness.

    In the city I carry a Glock 30S.

    When I was working many miles out in the wilderness by myself around brown bear and moose, I carried a Glock G20 SF on my right hip, a 5" S&W 460 on my left hip, and a Sig P238 in my pocket. I am left-handed and right eye dominant, so I shoot equally well with either hand. I sold the S&W 460 after I retired.
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    In my opinion, some handguns are just to big to be practical. If I were feeling the need to pack an X frame revolver, I'd just carry a carbine.
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    i would go with a glock 10mm with the best hot loads i can find. i wish glock would come out with a 44mag glock that would be sweet. or something like the 357sig but 44sig or something

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    Depending on where you plan on using it I'd go with the full size Glock in 10mm. Just make sure you get the full 10mm spec loads and not a lighter charged load. If you are only using it in GA and want it for bears go with 357 Sig. I should note that I am biased I don't care for revolvers and because of muscle memory I'd burn my fingers on my left hand and I just don't like the way they feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    Whenyou say wilderness, are there bears or just coyotes and such, if bears I would not go much less than .44 special or Mag bears scare the xxx out of me I would have a 4" s&w 500 otherwise GP 4" .357
    Agreed....and a properly loaded .357 Magnum will handle most 4 legged problems you could run up on from black bear on down. One of the heavier Buffalo Bore or Double Tap .357 loads would be an excellent choice.
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    FWIW: Have you fired any of the mentioned calibers in a 4" revolver? If so, could you handle them OK?
    The above posts pretty much cover everything else.
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    Having packed a .41 Mag Blackhawk across the wilds of Alaska, that would definitely be my choice, but as Glockman10mm pointed out, the .45 Colt in a modern revolver is certainly no slouch. I became very under impressed with .357s once I put a few rounds of .41M downrange, and liked it better than my buddy's .44 Mag. But it is a handful in a lighter handgun. My TN cousins were known of killing black bears with .22 magnums, although the shots were called under ideal conditions.
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