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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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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.

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Remember This line started as

Remember This line started as a backup handgun while bow hunting.  That big S&W .500 (or the .460 for that matter) will no doubt put a hurtin on Yogi but that's only if you got it with you when a bear decides to play tag.  That big revolver weighs as much as some compound bow rigs (twice as much as traditional bows) & for carry is usually slung over a shoulder.  Put one on a belt holster (if you can find one) & you better be wearing suspenders to keep your britches up.  Other wise when the bear catches up to you he'll thank you for being half skinned already.

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Grizzly 265 gr load

I finally got out to the range yesterday to try the Grizzly Cartridge 265 gr WLFN hard cast load that I mentioned in an earlier post.  All I can say is !!!WOW!!!  It is not a pussy cat load but not as bad as I had anticipated! Standing up and firing with the gun horizontal, it recoils to a vertical position. Definitly requires a two hand hold!  I only fired 11 rounds but it was very accurate.