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    nuc
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    Trail gun?

    Many "experts" have confused me about the appropriate caliber, frame and brand for a trail gun. I want to
    purchase only one hand gun.
    Hiking solo in black bear, cougar and wolf country. Weight, therefore is an issue.
    Some state that only a revolver in a 44mag. is adeuqate due to penetration and lack of jamming. Others
    state that a quick shooting, less recoil semi in a 40 cal. or 357 is best due to recoil. Some state the S and W 329 PD air light is great in the 44 while others say to light, excessive recoil etc.
    ???? Suggestions.

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    There is a whole thread devoted to the cougar/bear trail gun topic. There really is no "right" answer, too many variables. If I (or an expert) can find the thread, I'll post it for you.
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    10mm glock semi

    A couple of gun experts suggested the 10mm glock as a wise choice instead of the 44 mag revolver due to
    magazine capacity and penetration or bear and cougar. comments???

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    I carry the Glock G20 in the woods, for use against feral hogs, mainly. The 10mm is probably not superior to the .44 magnum against something like a grizzly bear, but it may be adequate for black bear. If bear were likely, I would beef mine up a bit with a 22 lb. recoil spring, and a conventionally rifled barrel, for shooting 200 grain hardcast lead rounds. That would get me in the neighborhood of a .44 magnum, and I would still have 16 shots.

    I still think the best idea against bear is to take a friend that you can outrun.

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    [QUOTE
    I still think the best idea against bear is to take a friend that you can outrun. [/QUOTE]

    Does your ex-wife count?
    Eli

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    Well,nobody can make a decision for you.I know people who have killed 300 pound wild hogs with a .22 magnum.I heard of Indians who killed moose with .22 lr.

    As far as reliability goes,anything can fail.Glocks have a very reliable reputation,as do many 1911s.There are many choices...

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