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old fart 07-17-2012 04:15 PM

shotgun for hiking and camping?
well things have a way of changing, and in my case they change alot. i love to hike and camp on private property near my home here in kentucky. i thought i would have a handgun to take with me, i had bought a stoeger cougar 9mm. but some things came up i had to sell the gun, now it will be next year before i will have a chance to have enough for another handgun. i do however have h&r pardner pump protector with 18.5 inch barrel, it weighs however 7lbs. would the shotgun be a good choice fo hiking and camping? at one time i thought i might have to use it for this purpose but i was able to get the handgun now i'm back to the shotgun. what do ya'll think about carrying a shotgun for camping and hiking? also i put the regular stock back on it, which gives me better accuracy. thanks

mountainman13 07-17-2012 04:17 PM

Use what you have. Anything is better than nothing.

primer1 07-17-2012 05:00 PM

As long as it doesn't get to heavy for an old fart to carry around. :)

ineverFTF 07-17-2012 05:05 PM

Sounds good to me man. Imo i would carry something in 357mag in a revolver. But the shotgun will do fine

old fart 07-17-2012 07:36 PM


Originally Posted by ineverFTF (Post 872816)
Sounds good to me man. Imo i would carry something in 357mag in a revolver. But the shotgun will do fine

would love a revolver but things came up and there's no chance for a handgun this year. mabe next year i hope to get one. thanks

ineverFTF 07-17-2012 07:41 PM

No problem man.

locutus 07-17-2012 07:44 PM

Your shotgun will be fine. Especially if you put a sling on it for hiking.

sniper762 07-17-2012 08:44 PM

i'd say for camping, the 12g is fine but a little cumbersome for hiking. for that i would carry a holstered handgun.
in kentucky, the most you should encounter (wild animal) would be a black bear. 357 should be adequate. if hiking out west, i would sugest 44 mag.

HockaLouis 07-18-2012 12:34 AM

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Jsut hiking w/a longarm might look a little odd. Still, love "old faithful." Do get a can of bearspray and a decent knife instead and leave the gun accessible in camp.

W. C. Quantrill 07-18-2012 12:41 AM
Before anyone has a stroke, the barrel is 18-1/8" long. It slips nicely into a day pack, or carries nicely in the ski loops on the side of my pack when assembled. It handles buckshot and slugs real nice. It is a $20 yard sale shottie that I took over to the gunsmith and had him circumcise it. Total cost is less than $50 including the second hand pad. In these pics, it is just shot with gray primer.
I created it specifically for backpacking the high trails in the Sangre de Cristos, where there really are bears that really do come in and tear the crap out of your camp. Sometimes the camper wins.

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