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Old March 24, 2013, 05:35 PM   #76
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I'd bet the primary threat to most hikers comes from coyotes, cats, bears and snakes.
And two legged snakes at that.

+1. When out hiking, I still find myself fearing other humans more so over any animal out there. With that in mind, I'm fine with my .45. Back when I lived in NC, my favorite outdoors load was a 200gr truncated cone, semi-wadcutter type bullet, casted very hard with 7.5gr of Unique pushing it.
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Old March 24, 2013, 08:59 PM   #77
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Old March 25, 2013, 02:00 AM   #78
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Old March 25, 2013, 02:03 AM   #79
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I first read about Thell Reed doing a draw, 5 hits, reload, 5 hits on a chest at 7 yds, in 3.5 seconds, way back in 1966.
While it is nice that there are a few people who can do some seemingly superhuman shooting, the fact of the matter is that your average gun carrier, average hiker, etc., isn't ever going to be the likes of a Thell Reed or Bob Munden. They are more likely to be the type of person with a 3 second draw or more, make it to the range maybe once or twice a year and maybe shoot a box of ammo when they go, and that is enough for them to feel comfortable with what they carry. Most have never shot at moving targets with a pistol, or if they have, don't actually train with moving targets.
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Old March 26, 2013, 04:00 PM   #80
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I run into Hogs all the time in Texas turkey hunting, I always carry my 1911 10mm Kimber. Its good for running into Fallow Bucks too!

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Old March 26, 2013, 05:23 PM   #81
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Old March 27, 2013, 06:01 PM   #82
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A G20 filled with full power 180s is gonna get somebody's attention.

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Old April 8, 2013, 11:13 PM   #83
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hogs oh my

I'm an avid mountain biker. The county park I ride in most often ( Harvey Bear, in Santa Clara County CA) has a very healthy population of wild pigs. I see them often, also wild turkey, deer, and the odd coyote, and a couple of rattle snakes. The pigs have never given me any reason to fear them, in fact once they determine I am human they run off. Its quite a site to see five or six sows with 20 to 30 piglets streaming across the hill side. If it were legal I would carry some sort of small handgun, not because I need protection from wild animals, but simply because I feel best when armed. Under present circumstance armed means a folding knife in my pocket. The knife is no defence against wild pigs, but at least I feel somewhat armed.
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Old April 9, 2013, 07:30 AM   #84
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I am not a fan of a pistol for feral hogs unless its a head shot.To much to go wrong if not an instant kill.I prefer the shotgun.I wonder if Bear spray would work on hogs?
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Old April 11, 2013, 02:48 PM   #85
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When I hunted hogs in my younger days I carried a 30/30 336 marlin layman peep sight . and a Colt 1911 45 acp. I never worried about 45 not working Wouldn't have really mattered only guns I owned.
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Old April 12, 2013, 09:30 PM   #86
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My outdoorsy gun is a S&W 386 Sc/S. This 2.5" L frame, 7 chambered .357Mag., is made of scandium, titanium and stainless steel and weighs only 20 ounces empty. It's a delight to carry, though not to shoot. OUCH. But, if I ever had to, I'd man-up. Loaded with 180 Gr. HPs.
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Old April 13, 2013, 09:34 PM   #87
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I feel pretty good about my SR40c with hard cast LSWC when out and about.

But, I'm gonna stick with the consensus here and say stick with the 1911 and look into a holster that better suits your needs. Find a reliable load with hard cast LSWC's and hike away. Heck, maybe one day you can intentionally shoot one for some campfire fare.
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Old April 14, 2013, 05:51 PM   #88
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Old April 15, 2013, 01:06 PM   #89
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for the sake of spending money you could always go with one of these for your 1911:

i think that would take care of a hog
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Old April 15, 2013, 01:41 PM   #90
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I currently use a 1911 45 cal five inch barrel, but this weighs about 3.5 lbs including holster & extra mag. Is there something lighter to carry and still have penetration to stop a 300 lb hog?
In a might give one of the Glock 10 mm's a look see though. Rod
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A 7.62 tokarev will go just as deep or deeper, and deliver just as much energy on target. It also comes in a more reliable and compact package. And the guns start out at about half the starting price point of 1911's.
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Old April 15, 2013, 01:44 PM   #91
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Went hog hunting with a friend down in Alvin Texas,who hunts hogs for a living.He uses about four dogs,and all he carrys is a hunting knife.

He said guns are for sissies!

I felt safer carrying my Winchester model 94 30-30
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Old April 15, 2013, 05:25 PM   #92
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Back when I hunted alot I carried my Redhawk .44 magnum with a standard 240 load. If you carry in a chest rig you will never notice the weight.

(I carried it because it's what I liked and was good with. I have seen hogs and bear both taken with smaller calibers. Carry what you are confident in and proficient with first. Just make sure it is enough gun for the job)
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Old April 15, 2013, 07:01 PM   #93
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Like in any other self defense situation carry the biggest caliber gun that you can shoot reliably. If you can not hit the target it does not matter what you are shooting.
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Old April 15, 2013, 07:32 PM   #94
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It's not the caliber, it's the bullet

If I'm in the woods where I can come across something that will hurt me or eat me, I'll have a minimum of a 657 4" to a Ruger 45LC propelling 215 to 275 HARD CAST SWC at 1050 to 1200fps.
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Old April 16, 2013, 08:37 AM   #95
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I imagine you'd be fine with your .45 using a bullet with good penetration (I think someone mentioned Buffalo Bore). The advantage is that you are already familiar with your .45 so shot placement would be easier than with a new gun.

Unless, of course, you are looking to justify a new handgun purchase in which case that .45 is a deathtrap and you NEED a new gun.
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Old April 17, 2013, 11:41 AM   #96
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Where I hike there are no hogs. Grizzlies and cougars are sometimes seen thougjh.

Nevertheless I consider the only serious threat to be the same threat that I face in the city, "Turkeys,"

My caution and 9MM SIG shhould be adequate for any threat in the Rocky Mountains.
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