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Old 02-18-2012, 07:08 PM   #11
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In Oregon a good 357mag will handle everything but black bears and Mr. or Mrs. Sasquatch...and it might even be sufficient for them (the bears aren't huge here, the Bigfoot are ). It's a really versatile and common caliber, and you can find a 357 revolver in any size that suits you.

My personal choice would be a Glock 20 (10mm). Not that I'm a huge fan of Glock or even 10mm, but it's a nice option for a high capacity, affordable, and relatively lightweight gun with substantial firepower. I personally value the combination of capacity and light portability when trouncing around in the woods, as I tend to cover a bit of ground.

I live in Oregon (Douglas County it just so happens), and the G20 is my preference. But the 357mag might be the more practical and versatile option for a lot of folks.

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The Buffalo Bore 180 grn DPX would be a pretty good choice. They also make a 200 and 220 grn FN. A lot of people really cant handle a 10 mm especially from a light pistol.

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Absolutely nothing less powerful than the handgun discussed in the first post in the following thread:

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f17/bug-idea-57987/

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I want something that is concealable I guess you could say. I mean I dont wanna look like Dirty Harry walking with a limp cuz my side arm weighs more than my pack. But I want to be able to do more than make it mad. I too live in Douglas County. I just moved here in July. Know any good hiking trails to a good camping spot. PM me.

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A friend of mine used to carry a titanium .357 with a mix of hollow points and buck shot shells... I think S&W makes them... The feather weight series... They are light and compact and should be able to handle most of your wildlife encounters...

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Is Myrtle Creek in Douglas County? There is a possibility we might be up there this summer.

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Know any good hiking trails to a good camping spot. PM me.
Google "North Umpqua Trail". Great for hiking, mountain biking, with camp sites at many of the trail heads. The trail basically runs along the N. Umpqua River from Glide to Diamond Lake, broken into segments of all sizes.

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Im in the North West...Oregon to be exact. And its not like im gonna go out of my way to kill a preadator....i'll try to steer clear of them first...but if its inevitable one of us kicks the bucket...id rather have dinner than be dinner. We've got bears like mad...but we also have cougars, which around here are pretty mean. Those are the two I worry about.
I wish VA still had a cougar population...all the cool animals are out west
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Ive heard of North Umpqua Trail but had forgot about. Also, I looked on sumitpost.com and found round timber mountain which is supposed to be good hiking. Yeah Myrtle Creek is in Douglas County. Its maybe 10-15 miles from where I live.

So how do you guys feel about Taurus. Cuz I know they have the judge...so .45/410. Which I think a .45 would do the job. Kinda bulky tho.

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S&W has the Governor to compete. A 4" 629 44mag only weighs 1.5 oz more than a 4" GP100 357 mag. A 4" Redhawk weighs 47 oz. A 5.5" Super Blackhawk is 45 oz. Not a lot of difference in weight between the 44 mag and the 357 mag.

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