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Old February 13, 2013, 10:51 PM   #26
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Right now in my inventory I would carry my 657-4 41 mag Mountain Gun loaded with Federal 250 grain Castcores, or the Buffalo Bore 230 grain Keith load. This is from my current available handguns that I have. I must say that I also have a S & W 629 Classic 44 mag, but I think the Mountain Gun would be handier, but I could be convinced to re-think that. jben
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Old February 14, 2013, 03:46 PM   #27
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double 12 ga with 000 buck and hardcast slugs and a 22 adapter for small game
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Old February 14, 2013, 10:41 PM   #28
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If it's to heavy you will leave it at home. A 4 inch N frame is fine, .41 or .44.

But if I was in REAL bear country, I'd take that shotgun to. And if the scattergun is to far away, then that .44 (or 41) comes in real handy.

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Old February 15, 2013, 12:04 AM   #29
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I've never been to Alaska, but if I went I would probably take the same handgun I carry in bear country here, my Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum 5.5".

It's what I'm used to, and I am comfortable carrying and shooting it. Can't see any reason to change.
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Old February 15, 2013, 08:06 AM   #30
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Most of us have two hips, so why limit yourself to one gun?

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Old February 15, 2013, 03:51 PM   #31
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Valid point...

That's a valid point about the Taurus Judge models. Their QC is iffy sometimes. I owned a NIB model Protector Ti .357 snub in 2004. It worked okay but the overall fit & quality were lacking.
I did hear + reports about some big Judge revolvers.
The Ruger AK snubs in .454 or .44magnum are robust & hold up too. They also had Crimsontrace laser-aiming grips(red dot).

To tote a full size auto pistol & a subcompact 2nd pistol of the same format makes sense. You can use the extended or full size magazines in either pistol & you can conceal the compact sidearm.

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Old February 16, 2013, 04:44 AM   #32
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I live in Southeast Alaska on an island with no brown bears, so I pack a Taurus .357 and am comfortable with it. A 12 gauge with slugs is the best bear medicine.
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Old February 16, 2013, 09:22 AM   #33
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I would want a lever gun in .45-70 but would settle for my Redhawk .44magnum
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Old February 16, 2013, 10:23 AM   #34
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This is where the S&W 329PD shines in my opinion. A light weight .44 magnum to carry that may be a bear to shoot, but can be used if needed.

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Old February 16, 2013, 01:36 PM   #35
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Likely this....460 XVR. I got it as a package deal. A Bushmaster AR and this thing for $1400. Included 10 AR mags...about 400 rounds of .223. I have no idea what to do with it, but, its very immpressive at the range. The fact that it will shoot three calibers is kind of cool.

This would be option #2, with a set of rubber grips on it, these are just for show. A 629.

I love a nice SA revolver, but, for me anyway, if I was really facing a moving bear, like, moving towards me, I think I would prefer a DA revolver. Actually, I would prefer something belt fed.
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