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Old 01-24-2014, 10:32 PM   #51
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So, you're saying you feel they have little difference when dealing with a small black bear. Not that they have little difference in general?
yes, I know the difference buddy
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I've never shot a bear, just deer and hawg with handguns. I've used .41 mag, .44 mag, and .45 colt revolvers. When I go camping, I usually carry a .41 mag Ruger Blackhawk with a 6 1/2 " barrel. I leave my 3 1/2". 4 1/4" and 5" 1911's at home. The black bears are pretty bold here in upstate S. Carolina, but I'd rather have 6 .41 mag shots that 8 .45 acp shots. I do carry an extra cylinder in my pocket for a little bit faster reload than one cartridge at a time, as long as I won't drop the cartridges out of the spare cylinder with shaking hands.
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I do carry an extra cylinder in my pocket for a little bit faster reload than one cartridge at a time, as long as I won't drop the cartridges out of the spare cylinder with shaking hands.
Try to keep the rounds in the spare cylinder with a little scotch tape.
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Try to keep the rounds in the spare cylinder with a little scotch tape.
Thanks! I hadn't thought of that.
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I've never shot a bear, just deer and hawg with handguns. I've used .41 mag, .44 mag, and .45 colt revolvers. When I go camping, I usually carry a .41 mag Ruger Blackhawk with a 6 1/2 " barrel. I leave my 3 1/2". 4 1/4" and 5" 1911's at home. The black bears are pretty bold here in upstate S. Carolina, but I'd rather have 6 .41 mag shots that 8 .45 acp shots. I do carry an extra cylinder in my pocket for a little bit faster reload than one cartridge at a time, as long as I won't drop the cartridges out of the spare cylinder with shaking hands.
If you find the need to reload, its not a good day my friend

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I think what some might be over looking here is that the 45ACP will reach the vitals, or crack the melon on a 150 to 350 pound black bear all day long
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yes, I know the difference buddy
That was a question. All you had to do was answer yes, or no. Didn't need the snide remark. However, your original post simply said there wasn't much of a difference which is pretty vague. It could be seen as you saying they're very similar from a ballistics standpoint. You didn't specify.

Regardless, I guess we'll just have to disagree. If there's a chance I'm going to run into a bear and ALL I can choose is a handgun. It won't be 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP.
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OK I haven't kept up with all the responses lately, but thanks to all. I'm not to worried about cats out here on the east coast, I think I'd have more of a chance of a black bear encounter or a BG trying to take my stuff, now if I get a chance to go back west (AZ, NV, UT or CO) then maybe cats would be a problem. Again just trying to get a conversation started about your thoughts about the 1911 while in the woods. If I had my duthers (sp?) I'd get a 4-6" barrel revolver in 44mag maybe even a 45LC . Right now all I have is my Para-USA Expert (5") as I traded my 8 3/8" barrel 44mag in for it so I could daily carry something, but before I get another pistol in want a AR or SCAR. Well before long I'll need to try some of those shot shell in my 1911 for when the snakes come out.
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The 1911 magnum version can handle about anything. The LAR Grizz chambered in the .45 Winchester Magnum is a favorite in the back country.
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