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Old 06-09-2012, 07:04 AM   #51
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If unholstering is a challenge then shooting the damn thing at a moving target will be exponentially harder.

Hell, most pistoleros suck on a good day.

Having said all the above, if wanting a .44 to really use, then I wouldn't go all that compact. I'd go light though.........like a Smith 329PD. Bud has one, shot some pretty warm stuff out of it, with factory wood grips. Was actually pretty fun. Of course 300 gr bear stoppers suck in a reg 629 so would be brootal in the 329. But 240-s and 265's ought to be fine.
Bear attacks I've read about did not require accuracy. They were a "contact distance" affair which dictates absolute reliability, full house 300 grain loads, and knowledge that you ARE going to get hurt...the only question is if you can kill the bastard before you get dead.
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:18 PM   #52
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I've decided on an sp101 2.25 in a few years I can get my ccw permit and I will use that

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Old 06-10-2012, 05:57 AM   #53
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Recent F&S article says pepper spray works 90% on bear charges, bullets 66% and that the average using the latter required 4 shots.

So there's no "absolute reliability"..........but it appears that the pepper is closer to it

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Apparently there is a law of physics that states that any discussion of pistols has to morph into a discussion of stopping charging bears.

I used to carry a S&W model 12 for the exact purpose the OP proposes. I eventually decided that:

1) The chances I'd need it to finish off a deer were pretty small.

2) It was more trouble than it was worth to lug even a light pistol and ammo around along with the attendant bother of locking, storing and transporting it legally, not to mention the complications of carrying it during hunting season.

3) If I ever did need to administer a coup de grâce, I'd just do it with my rifle.

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Recent F&S article says pepper spray works 90% on bear charges, bullets 66% and that the average using the latter required 4 shots.

So there's no "absolute reliability"..........but it appears that the pepper is closer to it
How did they figure those stats out? Give a guy a gun and have a bear charge him 10 times, then do the same with pepper spray?
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I believe in most hunting areas 3 shots is a trouble signal if you become lost or injured. Most people dont carry a lot of rifle ammo. Most of the hunters I knew carried a 22 lr pistol and a box of ammo mostly for signal purposes. You would stand a better chance against a vicious animal with your rifle. Now everybody has cell phones and a gps.

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