Originally Posted by JTJ
The short barrels on the Alaskans were for a faster draw and very short range. It is a self defense gun to give you a chance in an animal attack. They were never meant to be hunters. The 454 is preferred over the 44 mag in Alaska.
Agree. If you are thinking Alaska I would want more than a .44mag so if thats the hold up I would take that off the table. In fact....if it were me (and many guides will tell you this) I would prefer Bear Spray as a primary and a 12 gauge as my plan B. Grizzly's are not to be taken lightly and if at all I would prefer avoiding shooting one. A bad shot with them is the end of your life. Ever hear of buck fever? Grizzly fever has much bigger consequences.
Bear Spray stops them in most cases without pissing them off or further incident.
As one Alaska guide said......
"If you think a Grizzly is really going to attack to kill you...RUN...RUN like hell! It will give you something to do with the last 10 seconds of your life."