Originally Posted by Buffalobob
I am looking at the 460 XVR as a bear protection gun because it will shoot the 45 long colt, 454 Casall and finally the 460 S&W. I do not like high recoil pistols and it comes with a compensator so it seems like it would be good for me. I can load it down light with the 45 long colt for practice and for shooting dumb grouse. But for a bear in the dark, I can load up hard cast bullets in the 460 cases at really terrible pressures and velocity.
The question on the table is for a compensated pistol will I need earmuffs. My hearing is long gone but I can still feel pain if I forget and shoot a braked rifle without my muffs on. I do not wish to screw a brake on and off every night before I go to bed. I really do not wish to have a protection pistol that requires earmuffs. I understand that the compensated pistols will cause some amount of night vision loss but it has an integral rail for a light on it.
My other choice is a Desert Eagle Auto in 50 AE but they are not supposed to work well with hard cast bullets.
To answer your qestion, yes ear protection is required with or without a brake. If you need to protect your life then just shoot, ear protection or not.
IMHO you would be better served by a more compact weapon such as a Ruger Bisley in 45 Colt loaded with 325 to 335 grain wide flat point hard cast bullets loaded any where from 1200 to 1400 FPS Anywhere in that range will do the job very effectively and exit most if not all of the time.
Shooting the shorter cased 45 colt, 454 ammo in the longer 460 cylinder chamber is not conducive to good accuracy
range it,check the wind, dial in correction, aim and only one shot