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#189009 - 01/24/18 09:37 AM Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver
ScoutV2
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I need help from knowledgeable people!

I am looking for 1 Gun 1 caliber for the multiple roles listed in the title.

I do NOT handload and do not have the time or finances to start. So off the shelf ammo availability is critical.

List of needs:

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Revolver (single or double action doesn?t matter to me)
All day carry
Off the shelf ammo
Capability for black bear, deer, coyote (I hunt deer and coyote but have seen an increase of black bear in our area. Don?t plan to hunt but would like to have something for worst case I can?t run away situation)
Fast draw. Do not want a super long barrel
Iron Sights (Not interested in scope or dot sights)

Thanks for y?alls help

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#189013 - 01/24/18 10:31 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: ScoutV2]
EricS
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Smith 69 combat magnum. If you like autos the Glock 20 will fill that role well also. Being proficient enough for hunting with an iron sighted handgun is expensive whether you buy ammo or load it yourself. I haven?t had the model 69 but it?s on my list. I have killed deer and hogs with the 10mm. I have been impressed with how well the lightweight handgun kills but not crazy about the blood trails or lack there of.


Edited by EricS (01/24/18 10:38 AM)

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#189014 - 01/24/18 10:38 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: ScoutV2]
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Just an opinion here, but that is what you asked for. I would think a good .44 magnum would work for that application. .44 special loads would work for most things you mentioned but then I saw black bear could be in the mix so I would go with the magnum loads. There are a lot of good factory loads for that caliber.

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#189016 - 01/24/18 11:38 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: TM]
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6" barrel is a good compromise between carry and hunting use. Tha 44 is great, but the .357 is adequate too for your needs. Glock 10mm is a good suggestion as well, but true 10mm powered ammo isn't cheap. Most is loaded to .40 S&W levels, which isn't too bad. To be honest, a good 4"-6" .357 is hard to beat due to the low cost of ammo and the factory load selection offering rounds suited to everything from cottontails to bear and hog. Plus, the guns are lighter in weight and plentiful. The used gun market is heavy with 357 revolvers. That's my two cents.
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#189018 - 01/24/18 12:12 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: JDK]
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A revolver with a 5"-6" barrel chambered in 45LC would be my first choice.
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#189019 - 01/24/18 12:15 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: JDK]
karl
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That is a broad wish list for a one gun solution. There will be lots of trade-offs. You will have to figure out what factors are important to you. How much do you want to shoot? How sensitive are you to cost? How sensitive are you to recoil? Big, medium or small hands? (Whatever you pick, I would make sure it fits your hands or can be modified to fit) Big, medium or small body build? How easy will it be to pack a big and heavy vs small and light pistol?

I recently picked up a 6" gp100 and think the 6" barrel would be a bit long for every day convenience but should be nice for hunting. The 38 special for $0.25-$0.30 a shot makes range time more affordable and 200gn hard cast at ~1300fps will handle bear with other options in between for other species. I think 357 would do what you want, but it won't be a one load solution.

The more I think about it, I think this is an excuse to get a couple new guns
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#189024 - 01/24/18 12:40 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: JDK]
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I would echo the idea of a 4 1/4" Combat Model 69 Smith and Wesson 44 magnum/44 Special. It is a five-shot revolver and the top load would be a Garrett 300 grain 44 magnum load at about 950-1000 fps out that gun. The 44 Special loads would be good for small game and for getting used to the feel and handling of the gun.
A move could be in your future or a trip to a place where bigger bears are possible. So load for bear with a 44 magnum that is easier to carry. I hope this advice is helpful.

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#189032 - 01/24/18 01:41 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: ScoutV2]
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I'd consider a 4" GP-100 in 357 Magnum for the tasks indicated. The recoil of a 44 magnum can be intimidating for some, especially with a short barrel, and shot placement is paramount. Size and weight of the gun may also be a concern. Black bear aren't that hard to kill, and the likely hood of needing to kill one in self defense is minute but the 357 would be up to the task. Loaded ammo is available in a wide range of performance options, from light 38 special to heavy 357. Keep in mind though, that point of impact changes significantly with bullet weight so you can't just swap out loads in the field and expect to hit the to the same POA with out a sight adjustment.
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#189035 - 01/24/18 02:20 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: s4s4u]
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I think a S&W 329PD would fit the bill, a DA/SA .44 mag revolver that is ~25 oz. empty. Granted I wouldn't want to shoot full-tilt .44 loads all day, but you aren't looking for a plinking gun.

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#189040 - 01/24/18 03:24 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: karl]
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I?m a large fella... 6feet 275lbs large hands. I?ve shot for a long time. Not particularly recoil sensitive. Largest handguns I have shot 10inch 500s&w and 300wsm savage bolt action pistol.

Just looking for a good all around gun. I like the 5 inch Ruger Super Redhawk Toklat in 454 then I could carry 45 colt or if I get the chance to go out west or Alaska I?d have the capability of the 454.

Any advise against that?


Edited by ScoutV2 (01/24/18 03:25 PM)

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