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.
First and foremost YES ear muffs!!
460 is very versatile, and yes there are many women shooting them too.
I had a SRH .454 that was non-ported and I still had to wear ear protection as I did not like the ringing in my ears. And I don't see any problem with the .454 and some good heavy boolits for bear.
Also there can be a solid (unported) cap that goes in place of the brake, but still need to wear muffs.