Originally Posted by elkthumper
I carry a Taurus Tracker in 44 mag. It's a 5 shot double action in stainless with a 4 inch barrel. It's fairly light so I don't feel I should ever leave it behind. It's also ported so it's not to hard on your hands.
For bear protection the 40's or 45's do NOT have enough whop. You need a 44 mag and up. This pretty much leaves out the auto's unless you try a big desert eagle but then you won't want to carry that.
For stricktly bear protection the 500 s&w would be the ultimate if you felt you could shoot it effectivley in a crisis situation but it's very heavy. If I could pick any one handgun for bow hunting it would be the titanium s&w in 44 mag, ultralight and tons of knock down power.
STRANGE, I put two Winchester DPX hollow points out of my XD .40 all the way thru a bear this year. One completely demolished the skull. Maybe I should've chose one with more "whopp" so I could get the job done.......
Everyone has an opinion, but I can guarantee you my lil' auto XD .40 is plenty of medicine on blackbear.
Don't get me wrong, I love wheel guns too, & if I were hunting bear I'd take my .44Blackhawk, but for a backup gun I find them too bulky as all my wheel guns have long barrels.
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