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Old 01-05-2012, 09:02 PM   #181
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I would probably care a 357 mag with buffalo bore 180 gr or 44 mag

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Old 01-05-2012, 10:18 PM   #182
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I've never felt more safe in any situation than when I have me 44 mag and Mossberg500 with 00 buck.

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I've never felt more safe in any situation than when I have me 44 mag and Mossberg500 with 00 buck.
I feel safer in the woods anyway, guns or no guns. Because while I may

have re-inserted myself into the food chain, I'm miles away from

the most dangerous animal of all...
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I like one of the revolvers in 410/45 with a mix of 410 with shot, and 45 solids. The shot shells get great dispersal out of the short barrel, which is perfect for dealing with snakes and the like, while the 45 rounds give you the range and knock down power if you encounter a bigger threat, including the two legged kind. By alternating the different rounds in the chamber, you just keep pulling the trigger, no matter which threat it is, and sooner or later you'll get the desired result.

Of course, it depends on where you are. I'm thinking woods as in the area I live in Missouri. Somewhere where you might encounter grizzly, moose or other really dangerous big game, something bigger is in order.

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so as a member this will be my first post... YAY!. I know the thread is a couple of months old, but i wanted to just chime in also. As for a woods gun, depends on what kind of country really. I think alot of people are in agreement that if you are in black bear country a heavy weight 357 round and 12 gauge would be sufficient, though i personally would prefer slugs to buck shot as some stated, just bc of penetration, or lack there of for buckshot at distance. but if i were going into the woods and knew there was a potential for brown bears, id go with nothing smaller than a 10mm for handgun with more than one mag and thats pushing it, and at least a 270 or larger rifle versus a 357 and a shotgun. other parts of the country with bigger bears, personally myself id go bigger and say a 300mag or at least a larger caliber revolver if i had access to one, ex-454,460,500sw. But if there is no real threat of a bear, you would be fine from any other predator with just a good 22 mag or .17hmr, and they are easier to carry! im in North Carolina and the worst i can expect is a coyote or small black bear, so i am comfortable here with my 45 230gr fmj and 12 ga with slugs. But there again, depends on where you are and what you intend to run in to. A coyote, black bear, bigger brown bear, a charging moose, mountain lion, bobcat, prarie dogs, deer, skunks, or another person? each situation would require specific minimums but a well placed 17hmr, and i say well placed- headshot, would bring down most anything in north america, id doubt a angry bear though and wouldnt want to find out!

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