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Old 09-18-2012, 09:08 AM
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Need help choosing a side arm

Iím going on an Elk hunt in the therefore Oct 6-13. Last night I called the outfitter to see how the first rifle hunt went. He said they had 10 hunters. Out of the 10 hunters 7 killed had one elk wounded that got away. One guy missed 3 times from 100 yards and the other guy was 72 years old and had a hard time in the mountains and only hunted 4 days.

I asked the outfitter how the bears were they said the worst they had seen in 10 years. The elk that were killed were hung on a meat pole 30 feet in the air. The bears kept going in at night and chewing the ropes off and eating the hunterís capes and meat. I guess they ate 4 hunters meat and chewed the ears off of several capes. They also had a hard time keeping them out of camp. The camp jack went through a whole box of flair type shotgun shells trying to keep them out of camp. The outfitter talked to the department of fish and game they are supposed to bring some bear fences out.

That being said i want to bring a side arm on this hunt. I only have two pistols I donít think either one of them is going to work but I wanted to get your thoughts. I have a 5.7X28 and a 45acp. Some of the big grizzly bears weigh 1000 plus lbs. and in a close tight situation. I donít feel any of these guns have enough stopping power to stop a bear. So with some advice from you guys do I have enough gun or should I go shopping and what for?
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:43 AM
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Re: Need help choosing a side arm

well, my personal "tent gun" for the back country is an 870 with 18" bbl. loaded with "oo" buck.
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I think your .45 with the right round would do the trick, however, may be a little cumbersome depending on the model!
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Re: Need help choosing a side arm

45 with a hollow point (no ball ammo) should be fine in close proximity besides, you shouls have multiple rounds abvailable in the magazine. Probably take more than one (round) but you have extra's.
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Yeah a 6-8 round mag in a compact .45 should do the trick! Try the hornady critical defense or the new zombie rounds. The zombie are a dollar or so cheaper and are nasty when they expand! I shoot the federal 230gr hydro shocks out of my HKUSP compact (.45) and the Speer gold dot 135 out of my HKP2000SK (.40). I would use either in my opinion. I carry both of these for personal protection. Depending on the time of year and situation.
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If you are familiar with your 45 it will make a much better weapon than one your not used to. DoubleTap ammunition makes a +P loading with a 255gr Keith style SWC if your looking for more bear killing penetration than normal defense rounds.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:18 AM
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Re: Need help choosing a side arm

I have a kimber target ellipse II. Has a 9 round magazine plus one in the chamber. I appreciate all the advice. Im going bullet shopping today. I talked to some guys around here no one thought a 45 would be enough. I told them it didnt matter it you have the most powerful handgun in the world if you can't hit what your aiming at. My buddy that is going on the trip just bought the ultra light 44 mag smith. There is so much recoil that I don't enjoy shooting that gun at all. Then again if I had a big grizzly 5 yards in front of my I'm sure I wouldnt feel it go off.
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