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#189190 - 01/28/18 10:20 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: JDK]
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i have lived in Black Bear country my hole life and have carried a 6 inch single six, for woods bumming, for 40 years and never felt under gunned. then i may be dumber than most. having bear at the end of the drive way while not common is not a shocker ether. in answer to your question, S&W m65 4 inch or the like, 44 spl or up would do fine. as you don't reload or care to at this time would get a 357 or 44 mag that way you can find ammo anywhere. JMHO if it was going to be an auto it would be a 1911 45acp.


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#189191 - 01/28/18 11:23 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: ScoutV2]
Muddy
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 Originally Posted By: ScoutV2
 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


YES!

Problem may be finding factory ammo. Several good choices available but not on every shelf. Plenty online sources.

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#189216 - 01/29/18 08:06 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: Muddy]
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I carry a 4" .357 Mag. GP-100 when in the woods but if I was going to change I'd go with the fairly new 5" Ruger GP-100 chambered in .44 Special (Mdl. number 1765).

There may be better deals out there but I believe Bud's Gun Shop has them in stock for $622.00.
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#189228 - 01/29/18 03:19 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: IKE]
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Thanks everyone for the help here!!! I have been to multiple LGS and have found that I like the feel and balance of the Single action Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44mag. I like the stainless models the most. I have looked at the 5.5, 4.62, and 3.75 and can not decide on what I like the most.I like the 3.75 because it will carry well while I have my long single shot CVA with me, But I feel that it may not have good performance out of the shorter barrel.

Does anyone have experience with these 3 different barrels that can tell me if it will make much difference?

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#189229 - 01/29/18 03:25 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: ScoutV2]
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I'd go with at least the 4-5/8" barrel if for no other reason that some states require at least a 4" barrel for hunting big game.
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#189231 - 01/29/18 03:34 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: ScoutV2]
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Ballistics by the inch have results for .44 mag factory loads against different barrel lengths. http://www.ballisticsbytheinch.com/44mag.html
While informative, performance is often more about the human factor, so the question will be how well the sight radius and balance work for you.

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#189235 - 01/29/18 04:19 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: Walkingthemup]
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The level of performance is related to the task. For self defense, a two inch barrel .44 magnum may be adequate. With the right load, it could reach out much further. Ease of use and comfort will suffer. If 50 yards or so is all you intend to use it for, I think any of those lengths should work well enough. Just understand the shorter barrels, while as intrinsically accurate as the longer tubes, are much harder to shoot accurately. Elmer Keith seemed to love his 4" guns. Hard to argue with his results!
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#189239 - 01/29/18 09:20 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: JDK]
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Thanks guys. I hadn?t thought much about the fact that other states have minimum barrel length laws. Thanks for bringing that up.

I also like the info about Elmer Keith liking his 4? guns.

I guess I will take another look into the 4-5/8 barrel it sounds like the best compromise between carry and shoot ability.

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#189267 - 01/31/18 09:09 AM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: s4s4u]
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 Originally Posted By: s4s4u
I'd go with at least the 4-5/8" barrel if for no other reason that some states require at least a 4" barrel for hunting big game.


Good advice. FWIW Wyoming and Colorado require a minimum of a 4" barrel length.
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#189275 - 01/31/18 08:43 PM Re: Universal Hunting/Hiking/Camping Revolver [Re: Gregg Richter]
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This is hard for me, because I don't think a revolver is the best handgun for the kind of woods, hiking, etc. by me, BUT if it has to be a revolver no question my S&W 28-2 357 mag with Hogue rubber grips.

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