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Old September 2, 2013, 12:33 PM   #51
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When mountain biking or hiking in my area, just a S&W fixed blade double edge knife. In unfamiliar with possible bears, my full-size .45 1911.
Always best to have and not need than to need and not have.
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Old September 2, 2013, 05:50 PM   #52
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It ain't no BBQ rig to me.

And life is short, embrace it, live it, and don't worry about your BBQ.

My older woods gun is a 3 inch Ruger GP-100.

And you know... we do have similar taste! I also have a 3 inch 'Ladysmith' 65!

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Old September 2, 2013, 08:31 PM   #53
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For what it's worth, the AR-7 was designed by Armalite as a civilian rifle. It is similiar in concept to the AR-5 which was officially adopted by the USAF as the MA-1, but never put in production. The AR-5/MA-1 was a bolt action 22 Hornet.
Some of the earlier AR-7s wern't particularly reliable unless tweeked. This might include judicious minor bending of the magazine feed lips, slight chamfering of the chamber mouth and/or lubrication.
I've also heard the Henry units were more reliable than some of the earlier ones.
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Old September 2, 2013, 09:32 PM   #54
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I backpack in non-bear country and I carry a S&W .357 Model 65. 3" with fixed sights. 158 grain JHP's.

I'm more worried about the two legged critters than much of anything else.

At night when I'm in my tent it is in its holster, next to my Strealight in the corner of the tent by my head.

I probably have 300+ nights tent camping and have never had to use it but I can tell you I feel better having it there.

Great flashlight is a must also.
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Old September 3, 2013, 08:46 PM   #55
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LSU -- totally wrong ammo for a bear and you'd be well served against other predators with Federal Premium Vital Shock 180 gr. CastCore flat-nose ammo. In the lower 48 bear country that's what I put in my 2-1/2" + 3/4" compensator .357 Mag.
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Old September 4, 2013, 08:30 AM   #56
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When I go hiking and backpacking I carry the same gun I normally carry - Ruger LC9. Bears are not a concern where I camp and hike, and anything else can be handled with +P 9mm. Also, it's lightweight and easy to carry.
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Old September 7, 2013, 01:32 AM   #57
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When I go hiking I just carry my EDC Glock 19 with 124gr +P cor-bon's. That gives me 30 rounds. When I add camping into the mix I add my 12ga with a mix of #6 shot, 00 buck and Federal LE slugs.
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