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#189122 - 01/25/18 11:54 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: ScoutV2]
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My backwoods packin? gun is a stainless Super Blackhawk, Bisley 3 3/4 inch in 44 mag. Carried in a Simply Rugged pancake holster. Usually Crossdraw. sometimes I carry my vintage Colt 1911 in 45ACP or my Redhawk 44 mag.
If I was buying a lightweight everything gun I would probably go with a 6 inch Light frame S&W 44 mag as several of the others have noted or possibly a GP 100 in 44 Special or perhaps in 357 mag if its not a high risk bear area. A light frame 45LC would also be a good choice. Funny thing is I don?t own such a gun as I usually carry a full size steel gun.
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#189126 - 01/26/18 07:46 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: billa]
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 Originally Posted By: billa
My backwoods packin? gun is a stainless Super Blackhawk, Bisley 3 3/4 inch in 44 mag. Carried in a Simply Rugged pancake holster. Usually Crossdraw. sometimes I carry my vintage Colt 1911 in 45ACP or my Redhawk 44 mag.
If I was buying a lightweight everything gun I would probably go with a 6 inch Light frame S&W 44 mag as several of the others have noted or possibly a GP 100 in 44 Special or perhaps in 357 mag if its not a high risk bear area. A light frame 45LC would also be a good choice. Funny thing is I don?t own such a gun as I usually carry a full size steel gun.


I have been looking at the bisley 3-3/4 in 44. How do you like it? I know it?s not long enough to hunt with in some states. But it does look and feel nice.

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#189129 - 01/26/18 10:17 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: Gregg Richter]
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Thank You! I recommend the Model 69 with 4.25 inch barrel over the lighter Model 329 that holds six rounds because of the titanium cylinder. Shooting lighter bullets at a high velocity can break down the leading edge of the cylinder. It has happened using the 357 magnum version using the titanium cylinder with lighter bullets going very fast. Even the instructions provided by Smith and Wesson declare that lighter bullets at the higher velocity will break down the titanium on the face of the 357 magnum cylinder. And a little more weight in the Model 69 would help with recoil. You can use an X-frame Hogue grip on the model 329 that helps with the additional recoil of the lighter gun. The 329 is a scandium frame with a steel lined barrel. The model 69 is all stainless steel on a L-frame and it really feels light compared to a N-frame. The point is this should be a piece legal to hunt with and any shorter barrel than 4 inches is not generally legal to hunt with.


Edited by Jeff460 (01/26/18 01:04 PM)
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#189131 - 01/26/18 11:00 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: ScoutV2]
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 Originally Posted By: ScoutV2
 Originally Posted By: billa
My backwoods packin? gun is a stainless Super Blackhawk, Bisley 3 3/4 inch in 44 mag. Carried in a Simply Rugged pancake holster. Usually Crossdraw. sometimes I carry my vintage Colt 1911 in 45ACP or my Redhawk 44 mag.
If I was buying a lightweight everything gun I would probably go with a 6 inch Light frame S&W 44 mag as several of the others have noted or possibly a GP 100 in 44 Special or perhaps in 357 mag if its not a high risk bear area. A light frame 45LC would also be a good choice. Funny thing is I don?t own such a gun as I usually carry a full size steel gun.


I have been looking at the bisley 3-3/4 in 44. How do you like it? I know it?s not long enough to hunt with in some states. But it does look and feel nice.


I really like the Lipsey special. It is my first Bisley grip handgun and it feels great. Every other Shooting gun I have has Neoprene grips. I do not like the standard Ruger plow handle as it tends to bite from the trigger guard. Ideally I would probably prefer a 5? as a true hunting tool but as a backup to my primary hunting gun or for just walking around this gun is great. I would feel good with it on deer or bear out to 35 yards or so. Probably push to 50 with little concern.
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#189132 - 01/26/18 11:05 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: billa]
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Here is a link to the Lipsey RSB information

http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/2012/08/16/limited-edition-ruger-bisley-44-magnum/
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#189134 - 01/26/18 12:33 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: billa]
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For this role, I like a moderately loaded big bore all over the .357. It will do the job without making my ears bleed. So anything that propels a 240-260gr cast bullet to 900-1000fps (.44Spl, .44-40, .45ACP, .45Colt) out of a relatively light sixgun is plenty. A Colt-sized single action or N-frame usually gets the nod but I'm really digging the new half lug .44Spl GP-100.

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#189137 - 01/26/18 03:05 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: Craig44]
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Weight is always a consideration for a gun you carry a lot.I have a 4 5/8th Black Hawk and a 5 1/2 in Bisley in .45 Colt. The aluminum frame and ejector rod housing on the Black Hawk make it noticeably lighter on the belt compared to the steel framed gun both carried cross draw.It gets carried and the Bisley sits at home.The only gun that does you any good is the one you carry always and shoot well, so weight is a consideration. As Craig said anything 44 special and up works . If the 357 is chosen I would want at least 3 Punch bullets or heavy cast up first in bear country. The 357 would NOT BE my first choice.
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#189147 - 01/26/18 09:30 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: billa]
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 Originally Posted By: billa


Thanks I?ll have to check it out!

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#189172 - 01/27/18 06:38 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: Craig44]
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 Originally Posted By: Craig44
For this role, I like a moderately loaded big bore all over the .357. It will do the job without making my ears bleed. So anything that propels a 240-260gr cast bullet to 900-1000fps (.44Spl, .44-40, .45ACP, .45Colt) out of a relatively light sixgun is plenty. A Colt-sized single action or N-frame usually gets the nod but I'm really digging the new half lug .44Spl GP-100.


I looked at one of these GP100 44s just a few minutes ago. I really liked the feel of it. Would the 44 Special have enough go juice for black bear? That and hogs would be my only concern here in GA

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#189179 - 01/27/18 08:03 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: ScoutV2]
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The old rule of thumb, from what I recall, was for hogs\black bear\etc. You want:
Minimum .40 caliber
Minimum 200 grains
Minimum 1000 FPS

I can't speak to how accurate that info is, but I've heard it for years. I assume the GP100 will handle Elmer's .44 Special load of a 250 gr. slug at 1100 FPS. If so, I'd say it's plenty for just about anything You'll run into.
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