Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 26 to 30 of 30
  1. #26
    kg333's Avatar
    kg333 is offline Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    717
    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Consider one thing before choosing a semi-auto; 1/2 inch of pressure against the barrel tip/slide will render a semi auto "out of battery" and it will NOT fire. So, if the bear, cougar, ect lands on your chest or pins you to the deck and you have to execute a contact shot, your gun won't fire.
    Personally, I would not be carrying a modern semi auto without a round in the chamber. You'll get at least one shot.

    KG

    EDIT: Realize you may have meant with a round in the chamber, the gun will not fire if the slide is forced back to that degree...I can't say I've ever heard of that particular issue, so I wouldn't know.

  2. Ads
  3. #27
    rgrundy's Avatar
    rgrundy is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    249
    I remember the day when the 357 Magnum was the most powerful handgun on earth and many of us carried it for years daily for protection. It and lesser calibers seemed to work when we were a mostly rural society and I believe it will still protect you nicely. The main problem is learning to hit something scooting at you low and fast. I carry a SIG P220 in 45 ACP loaded with 230 grain FMJs and shoot it well.

    ‪Shoot the charging bear‬‏ - YouTube

  4. #28
    Packard is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Posts
    1,017
    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Wow, I was curious about what new pistol to carry in the backwoods (I currently carry a 2" Ruger .357, but think its a bit weak; I live in black bear, cougar country) and stumbled upon this site. I was looking for a consensus handgun capable of stopping a beast which might find me a legit food source or threat. I assumed a .44 at least. But, I registered because some of the answers, in terms of close combat, were impossibly off and close to dangerous. To wit, I heard a buncha recommedations for semi-autos. Consider one thing before choosing a semi-auto; 1/2 inch of pressure against the barrel tip/slide will render a semi auto "out of battery" and it will NOT fire. So, if the bear, cougar, ect lands on your chest or pins you to the deck and you have to execute a contact shot, your gun won't fire. However, if you think there's zero chance that a 100,000 year predator will not be able to stalk you, I would like to subscribe to your newsletter. In any event, you're a special man and will surely shoot it long before it attacks. Conversely, revolvers don't suffer from battery issues in the same manner. I wish for a shrouded hammer .44 but there doesnt seem there's one out there. Anyone with knowledge of such a gun? 4" barrel, .44 cal? I want to apologize for the tenor of my first post, but can't. Beyond the aforementioned concerns, I thank the board for the knowledge I've gained.
    S & W made a .44 special with a shroud (#296??). It is a modern gun but out of production.

    In .44 magnum I can't think of one, but a gunsmith can bob the hammer on a .44 magnum and you would have a pocketable weapon.

  5. #29
    denner's Avatar
    denner is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    1,821
    Well, I believe the original poster is trying to find a trail gun(i.e. sidearm) to fit too many criteria. I would not venture into bear/cougar country, especially after stumbling upon elk carcasses w/o anything less than a 44 magnum revolver loaded with hardcast bullets, especially if bear are in the picture. I would keep far away, especially with children, from an area with fresh remnants of animal carcasses. I would just assume to shoulder at least a 30/06 rifle with a well made 180 grain bullets. This is coming from a hunters perspective.

  6. #30
    ozzy's Avatar
    ozzy is offline Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Hendertucky Nv.
    Posts
    198
    Different pistols for different purposes. In the wild I would go 3 digits. .454 Casull, .460 S&W, .480 Ruger, .500 S&W. Personal defense stay with number 4. .40 S&W, 10MM, 44 Mag, .45 Auto. I personally carry a .40 S&W, 11 round of 165 gr. Hornady Critical Defense. For the woods the same and my AR-15. But that's just me.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Ads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

best gun for hikers
,

best gun for hiking

,

best handgun for hiking

,
best handgun for hiking safety
,
best handguns for hiking
,
best hiking firearm
,

best hiking pistol

,

best pistol for hiking

,
best revolver for hiking
,
hiking handgun
,
hiking pistol
,
semiauto trail gun
Click on a term to search for related topics.