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Old 12-05-2008, 01:36 AM   #1
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hello am new to the forum. can any one tell me if a 44mag with a 4 inch barrel kill a black bear. why i ask is i think my wife is getting me one for xmcit's the taurus ultralite.

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Old 12-05-2008, 02:54 AM   #2
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Will it? Yes. Should you as a primary weapon. No. Especially in a 4 inch bbl. Too iffy IMO.

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If you are buying a gun to protect yourselves from wild bears then buy the gun that was SPECIFICALLY designed for that.

the S&W Model 500 Revolver






This is like Bear Attacking...OH **** OH **** kind of gun....If I was hiking in bear country I'd be carrying it.

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If you are buying a gun to protect yourselves from wild bears then buy the gun that was SPECIFICALLY designed for that.

the S&W Model 500 Revolver


This is like Bear Attacking...OH **** OH **** kind of gun....If I was hiking in bear country I'd be carrying it.
my bro has one of these. I've fired it once....

emphasis on once....

kicks like a freaking mule, but I have full confidence it would put any creature living in North America right on its @$$....
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Hell yeah...I mean...jesus...it's probably the only gun in existance right now that could kill a replicant.

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To begin with,a hot loaded hardcast bullet fired from a .44 mag is plenty for close range backup pertaining to anything in north america. Even close range hunting is possible with a short barreled .44 mag AS LONG AS HE STAYS WITHIN his personal reasonable distance determined by skill. Just look back at what the father of the .44mag,elmer keith,did with it,while remembering that none of us will ever acchive his level of shooting skill. For someone just starting out in magnum handguns,the .44 is plenty. The .500 S&W,while being totally controllable and fun to shoot(mine don't seem to kick nowhere near that bad),is just too much for the beginner in magnum handguns. Also look at the cost difference between the 2-both in initial purchase price,but also in ammo/loading componets.

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hello am new to the forum. can any one tell me if a 44mag with a 4 inch barrel kill a black bear. why i ask is i think my wife is getting me one for xmcit's the taurus ultralite.
Speaking from experience (not opinion) a 44 Magnum can be very effective. If it's loaded with Buffalo Bore 305 grain flat nose ammo, there is absolutely no North American Game it won't drop. Including Grizzly & Black bears. I pistol hunt every year with a 44 Magnum and I RARELY need to fire twice to drop my game. For emergency self defence multiple shots will likely be necessary.

Now understand that not ALL 44 Mags can load and shoot 305+ grain ammo. And I'm doubting the Taurus Ultralite can handle them. However, Taurus Raging Bull 44 Mag can. I might note here that a light weight 44 Magnum revolver with maximum power loads will recoil beyond your wildest imagination. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND a Ruger ALASKAN 44 Magnum as a super effective hiking and back packing pistol.


Here is a REVIEW: http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-Redhawk4.htm
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When I go camping or hiking in the mountains of NC, GA or TN, I carry a 6" SS Ruger GP100, .357 Mag, with Federal hard cast lead, Vital Shock .357 ammo. That would be plenty for black bear. IMHO. A .44 Mag will still work very good though.

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When I go camping or hiking in the mountains of NC, GA or TN, I carry a 6" SS Ruger GP100, .357 Mag, with Federal hard cast lead, Vital Shock .357 ammo. That would be plenty for black bear. IMHO. A .44 Mag will still work very good though.
There is certainly nothing wrong with a .357 Magnum. I keep a Colt King Cobra .357 handy, and I am comfortable with it. It doesn't quite have the TKO of a 44 Mag. but I would feel safe with it...
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There is certainly nothing wrong with a .357 Magnum. I keep a Colt King Cobra .357 handy, and I am comfortable with it. It doesn't quite have the TKO of a 44 Mag. but I would feel safe with it...
But can it kill replicants like in Blade Runner?
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