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Old 03-06-2013, 02:38 PM   #41
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I will try to put on some pics Jager,, will have to get my son or wife to help,, not real good with that kind of thing. I keep losing them when I go to upload.
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I see,,, I spend prob 70% of my life in the woods.. For my job and hobbies, but can't see a 9mm stopping a bear so I've opt for the 357

I spend a great deal of times in bear country. Blacks and Grizzlies. Enough time to realize that bears are no threat as long as I keep my head out of my ass.

The only thing "dangerous" in the mountains is the same thing dangerous in the city. Humans. The 9mm handles them quite well.

And, BTW, I can't see a .357 stopping a bear unless it's a small black bear.

Pepper spray is far more effective.
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I spend a great deal of times in bear country. Blacks and Grizzlies. Enough time to realize that bears are no threat as long as I keep my head out of my ass.

The only thing "dangerous" in the mountains is the same thing dangerous in the city. Humans. The 9mm handles them quite well.

And, BTW, I can't see a .357 stopping a bear unless it's a small black bear.

Pepper spray is far more effective.
I had to use pepper spray on a Russian Keiler (male boar), it worked just fine. He started rubbing his eyes on the ground, whined, ran into a tree, then was gone hollering into the forest. I use the type that also makes a cloud in the sprayed area. Perfect for two and four legged animals. For dangerous animals, 357 is fine for boar, but nothing bigger. We have bears in Germany, but they are in the Alps. That is far from my location, but I am going hunting there very soon.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:08 PM   #44
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Hopefully this works Jager,, the .500 WE is shown next to a 9mm round.
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Hey,, it worked,, for bears,, the .500 is quite the medicine for unruly varmints wanting to chew on your person. I shoot much lighter reloads most of the time, the factory stuff from Grizzly cartridge sends the 370 grain bullet at 1300 fps,,, plenty stout and beats yours hands up as well,, the 440 grain load just really sucks to shoot more than a few,, good way to develop a flinch, but mighty comforting in big varmint country.

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Thank you for posting! What a beautiful gun actually. Looks heavy enough to control some of the recoil. 370 grains at that velocity is amazing. Have you fired the gun one handed? You can not find anything larger than a 44 magnum over here. Taurus and S&W are the two brands. I guess we would need bigger animals to get wrist breakers. Waidmannsheil!
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I gotta go with my Colt 1911 gold cup 45 and my glock 34. I go with the glock 34 9mm in order to be able to use all my high cap mags. three 17 rd mags, three 33rd mags, and one 50 round drum. That way I can take care of a lot of bad boys.
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Jager, if you check out the Freedom Arms website, you can check out their line of single action revolvers and the cartridges offered. They are production revolvers with tolerances, fit and finish, like custom built. I feel they are the finest production single action on the market. I have touched one or two off one handed,, not the most fun with factory loads, but the reloads are like .45 auto,, not bad at all, and I always wear a shooting glove.. Reloading is generally a must because factory loads are a little over 3 dollars a round,, not a plinker for sure. I replaced the front sight with a fiber optic that Freedom offers as an accessory,,, helps my old eyes out a lot. If you are interested in large bore revolvers, you may want to check out Reeder custom guns and Bowen's custom shop plus several others that offer conversion and custom work.
I am not sure how you would go about getting one esp. with the legalities and availability of makers to Germany, thanks for your interest and good shooting.

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I spend a great deal of times in bear country. Blacks and Grizzlies. Enough time to realize that bears are no threat as long as I keep my head out of my ass.

The only thing "dangerous" in the mountains is the same thing dangerous in the city. Humans. The 9mm handles them quite well.

And, BTW, I can't see a .357 stopping a bear unless it's a small black bear.

Pepper spray is far more effective.
Pepper spray...?? I was simply stating I'd prefer a 357 in the woods rather that a 9.. Plus It would be more effective for hunting
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