Re: side arm for wolf protection
I'm surprised no one posting here has been to Buffalo Bore's website and read Tim Sundle's q&a on handguns and bears. According to him, a heavy, flatnosed, non-expanding bullet in 9mm will put down a grizz, but you have to be cool-headed, and shoot it in the head. When I'm in bear/wolf/lion country, I wear my XD 40 5" loaded with hardcast 180's at 1200. If my wife was going into same, she would carry a 9mm with 147 hardcasts at 1050. I recommend a 9 or 357 with heavy, non-expanding bullets for your lady. IF she has to shoot, make her shots count. These 2 come in ideal platforms for a woman on an outing.
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