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Old August 24, 2013, 03:15 PM   #1
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What do you pack for backpacking?

When I go on a longer hike, I normally take an OC spray (pepper mace) and a flare pen with me. Just in case and doesn't weight more than an additional sandwich would. There are not too many dangerous four- and two-legged creatures in the local woods and pastures, at least not as many as in the common city (two-legged then, for sure).

However, if I was allowed to (which, alas, I'm not) I would instead take a tiny .22lr with me which is a little more versatile and convincing, in case. I do so for example when I camp on our own (large) property, it's simply a good feeling to have a little more than a stick when there is only a tarpaulin between you sleeping and the pitch black night, even if there's no actual danger.

I just wondered what you would (or do) carry for backpacking and for which purpose - just the unspecific "in case", or explicitly SD, defense against predators, or foraging, survival...
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Old August 24, 2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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For Backpacking, I bring a satellite phone on week or longer hikes. If its the right season for the wrong animals I bring Mike D, who doesn't mind carrying a .45 and .30-06. If I were to carry I'd bring a P229 with 1 magazine with alternating ammo.
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Old August 24, 2013, 05:11 PM   #3
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Depends on where I'm backpacking. If it's a summer trip in the Virginia woods, a small 22 revolver would be adequate. If the hike is along a salmon stream in coastal Alaska in August, no rifle I own is too big.
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Old August 24, 2013, 05:11 PM   #4
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In your scenario, one of my Browning break down SA-22's.

In my neck of the woods, I would probably carry my full size Sig P250 in .45ACP. We have wild hogs and there has been a sighting of a Bigfoot in our County. Actually, I don't hike or camp since I got my fill of it in Nam.
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Old August 24, 2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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When out in the woods and camping, my choice would be a short barreled, large caliber revolver and a very large knife.
If firearms aren't an option, then a good, solid walking stick that also can accommodate that very large knife into making a spear.
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Old August 24, 2013, 05:55 PM   #6
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What do you pack for packpacking?
Simple!



S&W 629-1 4 inch .44 magnum in El Paso 1942 holster.

And Tyler-T company is now up and running. The gun above has a Tyler-T brushed aluminum grip adapter on it now!

Action job to. And today I shot it at 10 yards with 240gr Spear half-jacketed HPs at 1000 fps. One ragged hole with all 6 shots!

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Old August 24, 2013, 07:16 PM   #7
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For hiking, fishing, and backpacking I currently carry an early Charter Arms bulldog .44spl. with 3" bbl. Easy to pack and enough punch for anything I might run into, including CCI shot shells for snakes. I think the bottom line always comes back to carrying what you're comfortable with and can shoot well.
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Old August 24, 2013, 07:39 PM   #8
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After years of backpacking and carrying various handguns from a 22mag mini revolver to a six inch 44mag, my backpacking handgun of choice is...
The Tokarev in 7.62.
Light enough, compact and thin, highly penetrative, and able to reach out to 100yds. Utterly reliable.
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Old August 24, 2013, 08:12 PM   #9
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The small one is 11 ozs. in 22 Mag. and the big one is a single shot 22 Mag. and weighs one pound.

In real bear country, lower 48, a small .357 and in Alaska a 5-shot .44 Mag.

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Old August 25, 2013, 01:50 PM   #10
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I pack a Walther P22 with two mag. loaded with HV HP ammo.
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Old August 25, 2013, 04:13 PM   #11
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G20.....should handle anything around my neck of the woods.
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Old August 25, 2013, 08:29 PM   #12
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Old August 25, 2013, 08:49 PM   #13
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What do you pack for packpacking?

If its in bear country, I take my brother. I know I can always out run him...
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Old August 25, 2013, 10:19 PM   #14
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LOL... If I was hiking in grizzly bear country, I would bring my shooting buddy.... he would probably bring a 10 gage shotgun loaded with 000 buck AND his 35 Whelan model 70, or maybe his 45-70 Marlin... or he might buy that 375 Ruger hawkeye he's been eyeing... But for sure he would have two capable long guns and two capable handguns...

Me ? I would probably bring a Glock 19 or Ruger GP-100, or a 1911.... I always figure that a 2 legged predator is more likely to ruin my breakfast than a 4 legged one is...
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Old August 25, 2013, 10:28 PM   #15
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for defense against predators, I hike in trail running shoes and tell my buddies they are going to need their heavy sturdy hiking boots.
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Old August 26, 2013, 03:20 AM   #16
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What do you pack for packpacking?

Mostly I carry on the trail the same as in town: my G27. If I am going hiking or camping in large black or brown bear country then I take my M29 4" .44 mag. But most areas the black bear are small enough I am comfortable with the G27.
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Old August 26, 2013, 11:15 AM   #17
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I do most of my camping in Maine or Vermont where the biggest threat is black bears, although all the years I have camped there I have only seen one off in the distance and it was never a problem, and that wasn't even near out camp site we were a few miles away at that time. Until I get a .45 my woods gun has been my Beretta M9 with 147gr 9mm+P. My buddy who usually accompanies me on my camping trips carries a can of bear mace so I think the combination of the two is enough to save our behinds if need be. I also keep a big buck knife sheathed on my left side.
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Old August 26, 2013, 12:23 PM   #18
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240gr Spear half-jacketed HPs at 1000 fps
Deaf, I'll pay you a dollar a piece for each one of those 1/2 jackets. Those have always been my favorite 44 bullet. I wished they still made them!
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Old August 26, 2013, 04:27 PM   #19
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jglsprings,

I only have maybe 50 left!

But once they are gone I go to Montana Bullet Works 250gr SWC gas checked slugs with same powder charge.

http://www.montanabulletworks.com/home.html

They make ALOT of real good ones, all the way to 320 gr .44 slugs!

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Old August 26, 2013, 06:42 PM   #20
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What do you pack for packpacking?

Where I hike/backpack, there is little chance of encountering the largest predatory species in my area, the black bear. Since two-legged "problems" are a more likely encounter, I simply pack the Glock 17, loaded with 147 gr XTPs, with two extra magazines of the same ammo.
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Old August 26, 2013, 06:57 PM   #21
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In continental US where there are no Grizzly ...a 4" .357 mag is plenty of gun ( like a S&W model 19 or 66)..in a medium sized frame...

In Northern states where they are Grizzly...or in Alaska...its a different matter .... ( .44 Mag is ok / but I'd rather have a 12ga short barreled shotgun with slugs)....
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Old August 26, 2013, 08:30 PM   #22
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In Northern states where they are Grizzly...or in Alaska...its a different matter .... ( .44 Mag is ok / but I'd rather have a 12ga short barreled shotgun with slugs)....
Agreed. I love my big .44 above but a 12 gauge with Brenneke 'Black Magic' slugs would be my pick. Sure I'd take my hogleg but the shottie would stay near me.

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Old August 26, 2013, 09:56 PM   #23
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When actually backpacking as opposed to hiking,I generally have a .22 pistol of one flavor or another with me. Sometimes a Glock 23. When hiking or scouting an area I will have the Glock as a minimum or perhaps my Ruger SBH.
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Old August 27, 2013, 12:41 AM   #24
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When I hike I like to go as light weight as possible.
My Ruger LCP in my pocket is just about perfect.

The only creatures I have ever had a problem with when hiking was hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets, and other people!
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Old August 27, 2013, 07:31 AM   #25
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Henry USAF .22lr rifle, Glock 23 .40S&W.....

I'd look at Henry's versatile .22LR survival rifle. It's compact & designed for the USAF SERE(survival escape resistance evade).
For a pistol, I'd look at a Glock gen 04 model 22 or 23 in 40. You can convert it to .357sig 9mm or with a kit(slide barrel magazines etc) to .22LR. You can also add a white light or laser aimer for low light/night time situations.
Glocks are robust & well engineered. You can put custom or after market parts on them with little effort.
You can also buy a 22/23 series then get a sub compact 27 pistol as a BUG or back up.
It would be smaller but could take a lot of the same magazines & parts.
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