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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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A little piece of mind at 4 am

Hey all,

I just got my concealed carry so that I can carry a pistol when bowhunting. I hunt private property so this will be for that .001 percent chance that a bear is going to try and make me dinner. What do you suggest as I have no idea about handguns.

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Re: A little piece of mind at 4 am

id suggest a revolver , as then you can hunt with it should you choose to. .357, .41, .44, 45 colt all are solid choices.
The ruger gp100 with a 6in barrel in .357 is a pretty decent piece.

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Re: A little piece of mind at 4 am

I see you are not from Pa, so I would check your laws closely before you buy, you have some other things to consider as well, will this be a strictly hunting gun, or will it be a daily carry, if only hunting it would be pretty hard to beat a 44 Mag in the 6 inch barrel range. But not very well suited as a daily carry. If dual purpose I would look at the 357s in a 4 inch barrel. Itís pretty hard to find one handgun that takes care of every situation.
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Re: A little piece of mind at 4 am

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Hey all,

What do you suggest as I have no idea about handguns.

Thanks
Not to be the internet police, but what I suggest is seeing if any of your local gun stores or ranges hold basic handgun courses for starters, and practice shooting alot.

And if I misread your post and you were just wondering about what handgun would be good I would suggest a 357 or above revolver.

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Re: A little piece of mind at 4 am

Thanks guys.

I have a CT resident cc permit and am applying for a PA non-resident cc permit. I only worry about bears when bowhunting in PA(had a close call this fall) which is why I asked on this forum. I will only carry this gun when bowhunting and would prefer something smaller but powerful enough to deter an angry bear. I will purchase a different handgun to use as a hunting handgun.

I am very familiar with handguns in general as I have taken the NRA class and have shot 1,000 + rounds with my brother in-laws glock. He however doesn't hunt and didn't really have a good recommendation for a gun to carry while bowhunting.
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Re: A little piece of mind at 4 am

If you're serious about bear protection, I would not consider anything less than the 44 mag. and bigger would be better. 454casull, 460 s&w, etc. JMO.
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Re: A little piece of mind at 4 am

If you need it only for bears, go with a 44mag or up. If you get something smaller, file the front site off so that it doesn't hurt as much when the bear shoves it up where the sun don't shine. good luck.
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If you need it only for bears, go with a 44mag or up. If you get something smaller, file the front site off so that it doesn't hurt as much when the bear shoves it up where the sun don't shine. good luck.


A guy I know and former member of HPA, told me he was on a guided bear hunt, tried to finish off a bear with a .357, all the slugs were just under the fat not very good penetration at all.
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Re: A little piece of mind at 4 am

ruger or a smith in 44mag
Along with caliber , proper bullet is another consideration.
Hard casts would be the answer here.
ESP if you go 357
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Re: A little piece of mind at 4 am

I would like to hear about the close call with the bear.

IMO a close call would be knife range other than that you should be fine.

It may be a poor choice of words but I am smart enough to understand what you meant.
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