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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
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Pack Gun - Back Country Gun

Call me cautious but, I carry a S&W .38 AirLite and depending on the loacation a Colt Officer .45ACP for personal protection. I really only have confidence in revolvers, having had jams at bad times with my automatic as well as military automatics. I paddle kayaks and canoes in the back country and remote areas of Florida.

I am looking into a back country revolver and am getting confused. I read about the S&W 357PD which is a .41MAG. I was introduced to the Ruger Alaskan. This gun is very interesting but, now I have a choice of a .454.Casull-45ACP or a .480 Ruger. Both of these guns are designed for backcountry protection.

Typically I will carry the gun in a case in a Pelican case under my canoe seat. I am visiting areas with big game, bears (Grizzly, Polar, etc), mountain lions, or an occational looter under 300 pounds.

I am looking for suggestions on cabiber?
Thanks

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Joined: 09/30/2005
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Pack Gun - Back Country Gun

they have a 454 casual in a snubnose for self defense in bear country that would do the job

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Location: Middle Tennessee
Joined: 08/25/2005
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.454 seems a little too big for protection especially in a snubnose. Me personally, Id go with a 45 and then my second choice would be the .480. A .454 kicks 2 1/2 times harder that a 44 mag. You dont want that kind of recoil if trying to fend for your life, you want something you can squeeze off a couple rounds quickly without your arms pointing straight up in the air after firing once.

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iD RATHER HAVE SOMTHING THAT WOULD PENETRATE A BEAR,NOT JUST PISS HIM OFF.

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Location: Aiken, SC
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ive shot a .454 and the recoil on it is bad for the first time you shoot it but after that its just fun. A bear will not be able to do much of anything after taking a round from this hand cannon.

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
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Ruger Alaskan

Thanks for the information. I am pretty sure I am going with the Ruger Alaskan .454/.45Cal revolver.

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