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Re I have a .41 and I love it

Spotnstalk,

Thanks for the info. I'm not paranoid about a bear eating me. If I was I would not step foot out in the woods. I'm looking for a bigger caliber just to have one in case. But I think I'm going to go with the .41 at least that's the way I'm leaning right now. I like how you can load it light and be close to a .357 balistically and load it heavy and be close to a .44 mag

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41 is less. End of story.

fire5179 wrote:

Spotnstalk,

Thanks for the info. I'm not paranoid about a bear eating me. If I was I would not step foot out in the woods. I'm looking for a bigger caliber just to have one in case. But I think I'm going to go with the .41 at least that's the way I'm leaning right now. I like how you can load it light and be close to a .357 balistically and load it heavy and be close to a .44 mag

If you want a lighter load, shoot 44 Specials in your 44. I reload and load a reduced load for my 44 that my grandkids (8 and 10 yrs old) love to shoot. With a decent revolver (S&W 629) you can send 6 rounds downrange almost as fast as you can with a semi-auto. You can make a 44 go bang just as lightly as you can a 41. BUT you can't get as big of a bang from a 41 as you can from a 44.

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sticky situation

spotnstalk wrote:

I have a .41 and I love it. It is heavy however, the 41 and 44 are pretty close ballistically,You may want something that is semi-auto however if you are really worried. I have a buddy who shot an elk in Idaho last year and he was surrounded by 3 wolves while he was boning out his elk. once he shot at them they returned only minutes later and hung around growling and such. he was only able to pack out one load and the wolves got the rest.

that is quite the sticky situation... one that I would not want to find myself in.

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Calibers for Backup

In my experience, a .357 and .41 mag are in the same class for ease of shooting and penetration.  While the .44 mag and .454 Casull are equally rough to shoot and have compatible penetration with the .454 on the better side.

Now for the shocker.  The .480 Ruger is easier to shoot than the .44 and nice and light.  The .50 caliber to me would be my only choice for grizzly.

Now my position on black bear is than unless you are between a sow and cub, they are not a threat.  Wolves are another story and are becoming a problem in the northwest. My neighboring rancher in Idaho shot a 200 pounder but so far have found them to avoid people.

Semi-autos don't really pack a punch like a revolver cartridge, so I wouldn't consider packing a .45 or 10mm for the purpose.  I find a .50 Desert Eagle cluncky and not accurate.

So for a combination of might and packing light, I carry my .480 Ruger.

 

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Calibers for Backup

In my experience, a .357 and .41 mag are in the same class for ease of shooting and penetration.  While the .44 mag and .454 Casull are equally rough to shoot and have compatible penetration with the .454 on the better side.

Now for the shocker.  The .480 Ruger is easier to shoot than the .44 and nice and light.  The .50 caliber to me would be my only choice for grizzly.

Now my position on black bear is than unless you are between a sow and cub, they are not a threat.  Wolves are another story and are becoming a problem in the northwest. My neighboring rancher in Idaho shot a 200 pounder but so far have found them to avoid people.

Semi-autos don't really pack a punch like a revolver cartridge, so I wouldn't consider packing a .45 or 10mm for the purpose.  I find a .50 Desert Eagle cluncky and not accurate.

So for a combination of might and packing light, I pack my .480.

 

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Were I to get a new handgun

Were I to get a new handgun for just-in-case carry I think I'd be looking hard at a .45 colt, possibly a Freedom Arms single action with 4.5 to 5.5 inch barrel or one of those S & W dbl actions.  Commercial loads from cowboy action loads to fire breathing Buffalo Boar loads, reload recipes from jackrabbits to grizzlies. Love my Super Blackhawk .44 but it's definitely not a lightweight.  The heavier it is, the more likely I'll not bother to carry it.

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Hal, Thanks for the info,

Hal,

Thanks for the info, I'll read up on the 45 colt

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I used to shoot a 45 long

I used to shoot a 45 long colt with the hot Buffalo Bore loads. Never attempted to take a bear but did make an inpressive kill on a wild boar with it. Right through the gristle plate with no difficulty. Dropped that boar in its tracks.

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You have to be careful in

You have to be careful in what firearm you shoot the Buffalo Bore loads.  The hotter loads will put a crimp in your day in the wrong one.  I believe that they are listed for only the Ruger, and Freedom Arms relover and a couple more.  Just about any of the reproduction ones will come apart on you in a hurry. 

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Depends do you want to look

Depends do you want to look dirty harry when you bring down a bear? Well do you? I would go with the S&W .510 that should be big enough to drop what ever is running your way or in that case running away.. I have personally seen that thing in action and man let me tell you I would not want to be on the receiving end of that piece.