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Old August 7, 2009, 06:44 PM   #51
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If you really needed it any of the 3 would be better than a pointy stick.I'd go with the .357 or trade the .40 for a 6" GP-100 since you don't want a .44.
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Old August 8, 2009, 12:34 PM   #52
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I cary only one sidearm. Whether it is fishing, hunting, or just a walk in the woods. Ruger Superblackhawk. Simple, rugged, reliable, good stopping power, and accurate.
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Old August 8, 2009, 06:49 PM   #53
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I'll take a different approach on the subject. My thought is if it isn't at least a .41 Mag or more powerful leave it in the camp. All the calibers you mentioned are fine for camp, however CO has rules on what you can hunt with in a Handgun. Pretty much all center fire pistols meet the minimum caliber requirement, however not very many popular pistol rounds meet the foot pound requirements of 500 ft-lbs at 50 yards. The .41 Mag is usually the minimum cartridge that will do it for you in standard pistol cartridges.

So I wouldn't carry any sidearm on a hunt that didn't meet the requirements to hunt with. So out of all the pistols mentioned only your fathers .44 Mag fits the bill. Will a game warden ticket you for carrying one of the others maybe, it all depends on what kind of day he/she is having. And don't be caught putting a finishing shot into an elk with a cartridge that doesn't meet the requirements either. After you fill your tag carry what you want because then it will not matter
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Old August 8, 2009, 07:25 PM   #54
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How are you getting to your camp?If you will have beasts or wheels of burden,3lbs of handgun and 1 lb of ammo is no big deal.But it would pay 3 lbs toward a cot,and I'd prefer the cot.
If you are going to live out of a pack for a week and you are humping it to 9000 ft....I dunno.In one of those Oct/Nov storms,I'd rather have a 3 lb tougher tent,or some more stove fuel.A miox water purifier.A nylon backpacker bucket so you can get a couple gallons of water out of a stream without getting your boots wet.A machette in case I have to rely on firewood.

A handgun is way cool,but my rifle can multi-task (hunting and defense tool)
Lots of folks in serious conditions like ww2 carried only a rifle and more ammo instead of a sidearm.

High country hunting in Colo,it is even possible to run across a lion,wolves are in a few areas the very rare Grizzly,I suppose.I believe you are more likely to be confronted by extreme weather .

So,it all depends on your weight budget and priorities.

For me,my rifle,gps, map,compass,binoculars, water,knife ,food,walkie talkie,poncho,and one extra layer and a couple of battle dressings are quite enough to carry hunting.

But,thats me!!You have fun your way

Oh,on whacking bears in the faceI suppose you just have to be in the situation to understand.If you suddenly have a bear's face 2 feet from yours,whacking it might seem like the thing to do at the time.And,when I did it,the bear jumped back.Then I shot him

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Old August 8, 2009, 07:40 PM   #55
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I have shot a couple of 5 Elk or so in my time and I have never seen a bear around. Nevertheless, I carry a Ruger Super Blackhawk in 45 LC loaded with my own HARD cast 275 gr bullets going as fast as possible. It actually surpasses a 44 magnum in power. Faced by a hungry or mean bear, I doubt heavy recoil will be the first thing on my mind.
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