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Old 05-14-2014, 09:19 PM
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side arm for wolf protection

What bare minimum caliber would anyone here recommend for protection in wolf country?? Auto/revolver. A woman will be using this handgun. She has fired as large as .44mag. Any ideas most welcome. Thanks
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:33 PM
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Re: side arm for wolf protection

Any semi-auto pistol should keep wolves at bay, from .22 long rifle to .45 ACP. I believe the noise will scare them away, even with a clean miss. I trapped for years here carrying nothing more than a Ruger Mark I, .22LR semi-auto pistol. I worried about bumping into a starving bear out of hibernation in mid-winter, much more than any concern over a pack of wolves. I've finished off a few wolves that were alive in my snares. A .22LR won't drop them in their tracks - shy of a brain or spinal column hit, but I would expect any hit would turn them away form further aggression.

Are the wolves attacking humans in Idaho?
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:10 PM
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Re: side arm for wolf protection

I'm going to tend to agree w/ Phorwath. Noise is going to scare them. Having said that a 9mm or .38 special should be handy for a woman to carry and will do some damage on impact. Recoil should be manageable and available in a decent carry weight. Bruce
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Old 05-15-2014, 01:38 AM
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Re: side arm for wolf protection

You didn't say what her activity will be, or if she liked the .44 magnum. ATV, snow mobile, trail runner, bike rider, pet walker, berry picker? How much weight is she willing to add to her routine.

Rathdrum means bears and cats also, we've had both here in town. Curious as to why specifically wolves?

Noise probably works, a high capacity 9mm makes a lot of noise, and in the the better ammo definitely lethal on big dogs, cats, smaller bear, and dirt balls.

Finding/asking what she likes will be best, after going to a women's class here in Spokane where she handled many semi's, my daughter has a Ruger SP101 in .22LR, her mother in law has one in .357 she really uses and likes. It fits her hand better than especially the double stack 9's. My single stack Sig is a closer fit.

I like choices that both magnum, standard, and +P choices are available, and in a style the carrier is comfortable with over caliber.

Depending on her abilities, spray can be the best choice. An entry level device that most can use, in most conditions, with a minimum of training.

Lots of choices. Only for sure is include her from the beginning.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:28 PM
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Re: side arm for wolf protection

There was a incedent this last week or so . A group if horse riders were stalked by a pack not sure of size but they made noise and such and didn't scare them away. I did not ask if F&G were notified of this. Wife is going camping end of June plus we are going next weekend. I was thinking 9mm, .40sw, 357 with 38sp or .44 with .44spls. Leaning more on lighter recoil side. Appreciate the reply.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:47 PM
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Re: side arm for wolf protection

So when my wife text me and ask how do I feel about going gun shopping I as whaast! Who are you and what you do with my wife. thought I was gonna get a rifle to start a project ;( oh well who am I to argue fine point of buying another gun.
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:42 PM
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Re: side arm for wolf protection

i've heard more than one reliable story of wolves messing with a group of horses and riders.

Spend an afternoon at Cabelas, and have them show her everything. Be sure to point out a rifle or 2 for Father's day while your there.

Good Luck!
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