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Bear Protection Revolver?

I need to pick up a good revolver for bear protection before next year to carry in archery season and hiking. Grizzlies are becoming more and more common, and I need to prepare myself a little better.

I'm thinking Ruger Redhawk or S&W 629 in 44 mag. I would like to stay at 5 to 7 inch barrel for portabilty. Any others I should consider?

I know this is not something hunters deal with in PA, but since it is a forum I view regularly I figured it couldnt hurt.
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329PD, Tom.

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Re: Bear Protection Revolver?

If you ever get to the Forest County area I would be happy to let you shoot several I own....there's a lot of give and take connected to the "big" stuff that is carry-friendly....shootability of these cannons requires a lot of practice to build up one's confidence to make a good shot at hand shaking ranges....

The 329 PD is the easiest to carry but recoil with 300-320 LBTs is absolutely brutal, almost as heavy as a 4.75" FA .475...a 3" FA Packer .454 is easier to control but still a stiff kicker...ditto on the 4.75" .454....

Some may debate this but I would have no qualms about toting a reliable 1911 with hardball ammo...much easier to shoot accurately and unquestionably able to do a lot of damage to anything, 2 or 4 legged, that's launched a frontal attack on one's body....anyone caught in a life threatening situation with a big bear and armed with only a handgun needs to be shooting at the brain area, no matter what he has in his hands, IMO....
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Re: Bear Protection Revolver?

From everything I've read and talked about with people who have made fishing trips to Alaska, I'm agreeing with what WinchesterBob has to say.

You really want any gun with a caliber that begins with "4", and I've read some articles on a heavy loaded 1911 with a Heavy bullet loaded to maximum that will be better than a 357 magnum.

In fact, a few years ago a few guys were going on an Alaska fishing trip and were talking to an Alaska fish warden. The fellow ask the warden if he thought a 357 would be adequate for bear. The warden ask the guy (in more gruff terms) if he was just trying to tick off the bears!!!

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Another vote for a .45 auto.

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Re: Bear Protection Revolver?

If this is for bear protection, I would go with the lightest thing that still packs a good punch.

The 329 will certainly pack easier, but the 629 mountain gun should shoot better. Or be easier to control.

If it were me I would be going with no longer than a 4" barrel and try to keep the weight below 45 ounces. If its cumbersome, you'll end up buying something that is easier to pack. Nothing wrong with buying more guns, but I would buy an easier packing pistol with double action.

You might want to really look into the Redhawk with the 4" barrel. I would also strongly consider the 45 Colt if you go with that platform. Buffalo Bore sells some really stout, borderline 454 casull loads for that.

Or, if its really just for Bear protection get this: http://ruger.com/products/superRedha...eets/5301.html

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