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Old 12-26-2012, 06:30 PM   #11
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If I am going in the woods I prefer a longer barrel. The extra couple inches of barrel only add a few ounces to the gun and the sight plane is much better. While self defense is close range proposition distances can easily be much longer in the woods. All of my hunting pistols have a 6.5" to 10" barrel. They are all easy to carry and quick handling when a rifle is out of reach.
It usually is not self defense at longer distances. You need speed more than long distance accuracy in a close encounter. That is why the Alaskan type handguns have short barrels.
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Can't go wrong with the .44 super redhawk Alaskan.. Great gun for the outdoors
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Will be doing some backpacking up here in da UP this spring, and it's got me thinking about a firearm for defense against the wildlife.

I've mostly been looking at the 4" barrel models of the Ruger Redhawk and the S&W 629, both in .44 magnum. Anyone own one or recommend one over the other?

I don't know if I really want a really short "Alaskan" barrel, or something heavier than .44, since I would be reluctant to fire it at the range, and I'd rather get something that will be both easy to handle and a little easier to practice with.
The ruger super redhawk is a nice gun. If just for protection, consider either the SW357PD (41 mag) or SW329PD (44mag). Not a range gun as these scandium frame titanium cylinder guns weigh in under 26 oz. Either is enough to stop most 4 legged critters. The 44 can be load with 44 specials for practice. The 41 is much tamer in the recoil department. For range use and hiking, consider a SW686+ (7 shot 357) as a good compromise.
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Either the Redhawk or the Model 29 would be good. The Redhawk would be heavier to lug around, but sturdier than the Model 29. The Model 29 would probably have the smoothest action. When I'm backpackin in the Northland (which is less often than a few years ago, since I've moved to South Carolina, but I do go to the north woods when I can), I carry a single action Ruger, usually a Blackhawk in .41 magnum. Sometimes a .44 mag Super Blackhawk. Sometimes, but not often, I carry a S&W Model 58 (.41 magnum). The Rugers are my first choice because they are sturdy, dependable, and pretty accurate. If you drop a Ruger, pretty much nothing will happen, but the S&W's are a little more touchy.

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I always take my Ruger superblackhawk in the forest 44mag

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:22 AM   #16
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These range from a coupla .22 Mags to an thru a .357 Mag, .44 Mag and 12 ga... Carried 'em all. Strictly backpacking and hoping for the best? The .22 Mags weigh a total of 27 ounces -- one's a 4" 5-shot and the other's a 16" single-shot bolt.

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That Taurus Tracker is a pretty good-lookin' piece. How much does it weigh?

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I have hunted with revolvers for 36 years but for a trail handgun today it would be a glock 20 with a DT 200gr hard cast at 1300fps and an extra mag of 180gr bonded defence "gold dots" at 1300fps. Used for something worth eating. You have thinner lighter package that can allow more rounds ,controled on target than a 357, 41 or 44mag or bigger.

Now if just hunting 44 mag or 454 in a larger heavy hunting rig.

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M&P VTAC 9mm

Day and night sights. 17+1 capacity. With good defense loads, there isn't much you couldn't take down if you had to do so.

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Ruger Alaskan .44 is the only way to go... with Buffalo Bore 340 grain P+P hard-cast semi-wad cutters.

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