Originally Posted by old fart
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
I always carry a shotgun as a camp gun unless the sight of it would cause unnecessary panic (e.g. a campground with other families). I also carry a .44 mag revolver as a backup if I'm doing something that makes having a shotgun really inconvenient...like fishing. I live in big game country (Alaska) and the danger comes from bears and moose. I've had coyotes come into camp too. The smallest predator that I need to consider would be something like a wolverine or badger. We don't have snakes up here. We have quite a few carnivorous mammals to consider so I prefer to carry large caliber weapons. I know a couple of experienced outdoors men who carry .41 mag revolvers in the bush too. I haven't met anyone around here carrying a 9mm in the bush.
If you get a comfortable sling and configure your shotgun to be as compact and light as possible, it's not too uncomfortable, IMO. Besides, the weight helps reduce the felt recoil.
I'm talking about a shotgun as a camp gun. Not long range backpacking.
BTW, What do you anticipate meeting on the trail that you'd need a 9mm for?
That's seems like a pretty small, under-powered round for wild animals, IMO. 9mm is an antipersonnel caliber though I suppose you could kill a badger, wolverine, or beaver with it.
FWIW, I've never hiked the Kentucky bush so I am only guessing since I don't know your real needs out there.
Just my 2 cents.