Best Trail Gun

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by APSurvival, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. APSurvival

    APSurvival New Member

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    Hello Everyone

    I am on a quest to discover the best trail gun. I currently own a 22mag revolver but I'm looking for something with a little more stopping power. Dont get me wrong I'm a huge fan of the 22mag but looking for a better fit.
     
  2. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Need more info...stopping power to stop what?

    My trail gun is an S&W 629 .44 Mag because "if I do my part" it "should" stop anything in the lower 48 states.

    But this is a large, heavy, and expensive option...your needs may be different?

    Tack
     

  3. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    Get either a 357 or 44 mag ruger redhawk. 4" barrel MINIMUM.
     
  4. APSurvival

    APSurvival New Member

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    Basically looking to use it for protection during backpacking trips/ long hikes. Looking for something strong enough to deter larger wildlife. Cougars, Bears, etc... don't necessarily want to drop anything but definitely use as a deterrent.
     
  5. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    For years when I was doing a LOT of hiking/prospecting I carried a
    (don't laugh) Charter Arms Target Bulldog.

    4" 5 shot .357 Magnum, adjustable sights, darned thing only weighed
    maybe 16 oz.? Long enough barrel to actually hit something, and
    light enough to pack all day.

    Too bad S&W doesn't do the lightweight .357 J frame in a 4" or even
    6" gun with adjustable sights. It would make an ideal little trail
    gun.
     
  6. DoyleTheDog

    DoyleTheDog New Member

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    Ruger GP100 .357 mag 4" or 6" barrel
     
  7. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    To the op, what is your budget for this and what state are you in?
     
  8. JD1969

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    If you shoot a bear, you better be damned sure you're going to kill it. A pissed of bear is not something you want to deal with. Depending on what kind of wildlife you're dealing with, the minimum I'd be willing to carry in true "bear country" is a .44 mag.
     
  9. DoyleTheDog

    DoyleTheDog New Member

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    I completely agree
     
  10. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I have to agree, .44 Mag.

    But if you're going to commit to

    that caliber and weight, a

    nice bolt-action rifle,

    in 30.06 might be

    the ticket...
     
  11. APSurvival

    APSurvival New Member

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    Washington and if I can get something for around $500 or less I'd be happy. I'm willing to spend a little more for quality tho.
     
  12. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    If you can deal with the weight, recoil, and size, the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan is a great choice. It is just a Super Redhawk with a 2.5 inch barrel. It comes chambered in .44 mag and I think possibly .454. Also a S&W X frame in .460 or .500 magnum with a short barrel would make a bear pretty dead, if you can deal with SAWC and recoil.
     
  13. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Neither Cougars or Bears are detered by the caliber of your sidearm. They are detered by bringing there blood pressure to ZERO.

    Go with a .44 Mag and be prepared to kill and eat either one. They are certainly prepared to eat you so fair is fair... ;)

    Tack
     
  14. APSurvival

    APSurvival New Member

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    Sounds like I'm going with a .44 Mag! Thank you guys!
     
  15. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My trail gun is a 6 inch Ruger Security Six, loaded with Federal 125 JHP bullets.

    I carry pepper spray for wildlife. (the stuff the National Park Service issues, not the K-Mart blue light special.)

    Ther Ruger is for Turkeys!:p
     
  16. gunsmoke11

    gunsmoke11 New Member

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    A couple of good choices would be the S&W model29 44 mag, or Colt New Service 45LC if you can find one.
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  17. Highhawk8

    Highhawk8 New Member

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    A good trail gun would be a revolver with a 3 or 4 inch barrel in .357 mag., 45 colt, 44 special, or 44 mag. depending on what you can handle. I'd get a stainless, with rubber grips. A good leather holster and belt to support it.
     
  18. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I prefer a 6 inch barrel, but there's nothing wrong with a 4 incher.
     
  19. kalboy26

    kalboy26 New Member

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    I would say the judge is a phenomenal trail gun. 410 rounds or a 45 long colt. That covers most everything I can think of when in a pinch.
     
  20. mdauben

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    I'd have to say this is pretty much my own definition of a trail gun, too.

    I will admit to a fondness for smaller .22 revolvers like the S&W 317 "Kit Gun" for casual carry in the relatively tame eastern woods or perhaps as an companion to a heavier long gun although I admit it leaves a lot to be desired if SD against 2 or 4 legged threats is your main consideration.