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Unread 02-03-2010, 06:16 PM
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S&W 329PD for bear

You Alaskan guys might be able to help

we go into the Wind Rivers in WY for a week
and last year we seen a lot of Bear "sign" and I wanted to carry something in the "Lite " weight range due to the fact we are gone 6 days with everything on our backs and just wanted to know what you think about this 44 mag for lower 48 sized Bear

I have only shot a 4" model in this 2 times and the recoil was A LOT more than my 8" anaconda however the 329pd was very lite

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    Unread 02-03-2010, 10:55 PM
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    Re: S&W 329PD for bear

    If your talking as a sidearm in the event of a possible bear attack then I think it's well suited. If so make sure your proficient at unholstering and shooting it...practice...practice and practice. Given the recoil most of your practice could be done dry fire.
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    Re: S&W 329PD for bear

    i only respond to this due to one statement this light weapon had a lot of recoil if recoil hurts you wont practice a sidearm requires extensive practice to count on yourself when required step up to a heaver sidearm carry it in a shoulder holster you wont even know it is there practice enough it might become your primary weapon
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    Re: S&W 329PD for bear

    Need to practice with it and then when you are comfortable carry it. I carry one and am Very Recoil tolerant and I can only shoot 4 cylinders at a time! We have quite a few feral hogs that if you come across a sow with little ones she may come after you.

    Categorize the 329 as carry a lot shoot a little pistol lol. My load is 24.0 gr of 2400 with a 200 gr XTP and man does it let you know when it goes off!! Accurate but in low light the muzzle flash is worse than any flash from a camera you have experienced.
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    Re: S&W 329PD for bear

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    Need to practice with it and then when you are comfortable carry it. I carry one and am Very Recoil tolerant and I can only shoot 4 cylinders at a time! We have quite a few feral hogs that if you come across a sow with little ones she may come after you.

    Categorize the 329 as carry a lot shoot a little pistol lol. My load is 24.0 gr of 2400 with a 200 gr XTP and man does it let you know when it goes off!! Accurate but in low light the muzzle flash is worse than any flash from a camera you have experienced.

    Thanks Boss that's good info and I totally agree with the recoil part however the nice part is they are very lite

    Now the question .....

    is the 44 mag enough for a Wind River Bear !!!!!!
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    That is the million dollar question but I will tell you this------make sure you can hit what you aim at AND hit WHERE you aim.
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    Re: S&W 329PD for bear

    Do most of your practice with 44 specials. They are a lot more pleasant to shoot. Make sure you get some practice in with the load that you are going to carry for bear.
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