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Old 09-19-2012, 06:22 AM
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Re: Need help choosing a side arm

So are you going bow hunting? Unless your in LE a shotgun is a much more practical option, where is it your going hunting?
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:52 AM
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Elk hunting camp is in Northwest Wyoming in the Teton Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest 9 miles from the Southeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park. We hunt the headwaters of the Thorofare River. The “Thorofare” is considered to be the entire drainage that drains to the Thorofare River in Wyoming elk area 60. The Thorofare is so named because of the migration routes for the big game in this drainage - it is a Thorofare!

It's a rifle hunt. 25 mile horse back ride to camp we stay in tents with wood burning stoves. The problem is when your hunting your riding a horse if you come up on a bear the horses normally get real spooky and there is no way you can get your rifle out of your scabbard. I'm really not worried about bears while I'm out hunting unless we kill and are out in the field quartering an elk up late in the evening. Mostly around camp but you never know.
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Re: Need help choosing a side arm

Personally, i feel comfortable working or playing in griz country with my Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 mag with 340gr hard cast lead bullets at 1450fps by Buffalo Bore, or the Ruger .45 Colt i used to have and loaded hot was even better.
However i would feel the the .45 ACP with ball ammo, or HC lead (NO HPs!!!) will do the job just fine. I have seen plenty of cattle put down with a 1911, and don't think a bear has a much thicker skull plate than an old range bull. Anything that happens will be up close and require a good solid CNS hit to stop the fight. I would carry what you are used to, and then not be left with a gun that is not very practical for anything besides bear duty. You also might consider bear spray, alot of us here carry it and the numbers don't lie: 90% effective at stoppping an attack without harm whereas guns are only 50% effective per the USFWS data. A thin thread to hang from!

Also i have to doubt any grizzly in the Lower 48 will go a half a ton, the largest bear ever weighed by the Fish, Wildlife, and Parks not far from a ranch I used to work on weighed right at 800 lbs, it is far more common to see them in the 350-400lb range.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:25 AM
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Elk hunting camp is in Northwest Wyoming in the Teton Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest 9 miles from the Southeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park. We hunt the headwaters of the Thorofare River. The “Thorofare” is considered to be the entire drainage that drains to the Thorofare River in Wyoming elk area 60. The Thorofare is so named because of the migration routes for the big game in this drainage - it is a Thorofare!

It's a rifle hunt. 25 mile horse back ride to camp we stay in tents with wood burning stoves. The problem is when your hunting your riding a horse if you come up on a bear the horses normally get real spooky and there is no way you can get your rifle out of your scabbard. I'm really not worried about bears while I'm out hunting unless we kill and are out in the field quartering an elk up late in the evening. Mostly around camp but you never know.
Cool, sounds like fun I am truly jealous. Wyoming is a pretty free state and depending where your from your carry permit may be reciprocal. Good luck in your choice, if it were me it would be a glock, if power is the issue get the 10mm.

One thing I will note, when I first switched to glock as my carry gun from a 1911. It took me about 700 rounds until I could pick it up and it pointed the same. Its completely normal. So what ever you buy be sure you have time to put some rounds down range before the trip.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:59 AM
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The problem with bear spray is on the package it states this product might not function correctly below 32 degreese. The last thing I would want to do is pull my bear spray out and it not function correctly. Two years ago when I hunted in therofare the tempatures went from a high of 40 degreese to a low of 5 below. That is why I want a side arm instead if bear spray. If I new the tempatures were going to be warm enough I would definitely pick up a can.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:07 AM
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I do not have a carry permit. Cody Wyoming reminds me of an old western cowboy town every time I go there I feel like I'm going to see a duel in the middle of the street. I have never felt the need to cary a gun until I heard how bad the bears are in elk camp. Maybe I'm nervous about nothing but better to be prepared than not to be.
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Re: Need help choosing a side arm

Normally wouldn't suggest a handgun but since you want something as backup protection and you already have a 45. Take it I would recommend you get some Buffalo Bore bullets and try them in your gun to see if the work and you can handle the recoil. Practice with it going from the holster or wherever you plan to carry it on you.
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