Camping self defense

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by rferguson61, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    So im thinking about getting a handgun to take when I go camping. Lots of wildlife around my area. Though its very rare...I'd rather be prepared when I hike up on big Ben. What should I get....what would be effective? I doubt a .22 would do much more than piss it off.
     
  2. Jstrong

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    What wildlife are you anticipating running into? Outside of grizzly country a good .357 magnum revolver would be my choice for all of the lower 48. Grizzlies would be the only animal you would need anything bigger for IMO,at least a .44 mag or .454 for them. Ruger makes good sturdy all stainless revolvers,they're built like a train and would serve you well as a pack gun or camping gun.
     

  3. Cattledog

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    Lots of ways you can go with that question. Whats your experience with handguns? The combo of 9mm hi capacity and a can of bear mace will cover a lot of ground. A 44 mag revolver, or any big bore revolver would be fine against a bear but the mace could still be more of a deterrent. Bears get batsh!t crazy when they get hurt. So if youre packin for them, make dam sure you have what it takes in skill and firepower.
     
  4. mayscat44

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    For me, the ultimate gun would be a 3 1/2" 12 guage with a mag extension. But if you just want to carry a pistol then, your location means a lot. If you were in the South, (VA for example), a .45/.410 mag pistol should work, but pepper spray could be a great deterant. Out West and up north anything .44 mag or larger should work just fine. The larger bear country would cause me to also add a .12 guage supermag or 10 guage across my back:)
     
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  5. PanBaccha

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    For me, it is not the wild life that concerns me as much, as wild life is what it is and should remain that way. When camping it is the two-legged creatures that puts me in defensive mode.
     
  6. BlueTurf

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    After all of the posts I have read I think I would take along a .44 mag and shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot or slugs.
     
  7. keithyingling

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    Lots of available options... as posted above, it depends on what your going to be facing... I would recommend a .40 or larger for a handgun pretty much anywhere for mobile protection but you might want to bring another gun among to keep in the tent, maybe a 12 gage with some buck shot and a few slugs handy...
     
  8. rferguson61

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    Im in the North West...Oregon to be exact. And its not like im gonna go out of my way to kill a preadator....i'll try to steer clear of them first...but if its inevitable one of us kicks the bucket...id rather have dinner than be dinner. We've got bears like mad...but we also have cougars, which around here are pretty mean. Those are the two I worry about.
     
  9. HOSSFLY

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    If its bears you're really concerned about take a 44mag- period
     
  10. JTJ

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    In some areas, the show of a firearm can cause panic among the unenlightened (unfortunately Oregon has been Californicated) and consternation with the rangers. I believe some would be rooting for the bear. I usually carry something I can conceal like a 357 and a Kimber Pepper Blaster. The Pepper Blaster is only 2 shots but it will work in wind and rain. You do not want to use bear spray if the wind is against you or you will be spicing its dinner.
     
  11. sweeper22

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    In Oregon a good 357mag will handle everything but black bears and Mr. or Mrs. Sasquatch...and it might even be sufficient for them (the bears aren't huge here, the Bigfoot are :eek:). It's a really versatile and common caliber, and you can find a 357 revolver in any size that suits you.

    My personal choice would be a Glock 20 (10mm). Not that I'm a huge fan of Glock or even 10mm, but it's a nice option for a high capacity, affordable, and relatively lightweight gun with substantial firepower. I personally value the combination of capacity and light portability when trouncing around in the woods, as I tend to cover a bit of ground.

    I live in Oregon (Douglas County it just so happens), and the G20 is my preference. But the 357mag might be the more practical and versatile option for a lot of folks.
     
  12. JTJ

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    The Buffalo Bore 180 grn DPX would be a pretty good choice. They also make a 200 and 220 grn FN. A lot of people really cant handle a 10 mm especially from a light pistol.
     
  13. Jeepergeo

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  14. rferguson61

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    I want something that is concealable I guess you could say. I mean I dont wanna look like Dirty Harry walking with a limp cuz my side arm weighs more than my pack. But I want to be able to do more than make it mad. I too live in Douglas County. I just moved here in July. Know any good hiking trails to a good camping spot. PM me.
     
  15. keithyingling

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    A friend of mine used to carry a titanium .357 with a mix of hollow points and buck shot shells... I think S&W makes them... The feather weight series... They are light and compact and should be able to handle most of your wildlife encounters...
     
  16. JTJ

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    Is Myrtle Creek in Douglas County? There is a possibility we might be up there this summer.
     
  17. sweeper22

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    Google "North Umpqua Trail". Great for hiking, mountain biking, with camp sites at many of the trail heads. The trail basically runs along the N. Umpqua River from Glide to Diamond Lake, broken into segments of all sizes.

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  18. mayscat44

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    I wish VA still had a cougar population...all the cool animals are out west
     
  19. rferguson61

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    Ive heard of North Umpqua Trail but had forgot about. Also, I looked on sumitpost.com and found round timber mountain which is supposed to be good hiking. Yeah Myrtle Creek is in Douglas County. Its maybe 10-15 miles from where I live.

    So how do you guys feel about Taurus. Cuz I know they have the judge...so .45/410. Which I think a .45 would do the job. Kinda bulky tho.
     
  20. JTJ

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    S&W has the Governor to compete. A 4" 629 44mag only weighs 1.5 oz more than a 4" GP100 357 mag. A 4" Redhawk weighs 47 oz. A 5.5" Super Blackhawk is 45 oz. Not a lot of difference in weight between the 44 mag and the 357 mag.