Taurus tracker 44 mag for bear protection

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by kctgb, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. kctgb

    kctgb New Member

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    Ok here's what I need. I am looking at buying the 44 tracker to carry while hiking in the woods for black bear protection. My neighbor was bit quite badly by a 528 pound black bear while out in the woods, he had to go to the hospital to get put back together. I know the 29 and redhawk are great guns but much to big for hiking or carrying in a fanny pack. I have shot my dads 44 many times so know what to expect from the 44 magnum in a light revolver.

    I want to hear from people that have one/shoot it on how good the tracker is, will it hold up to full power 44 loads. I probably will shoot no more than a couple boxes a year through it and I will be reloading cast bullets in the 240 to 270 grain weight.

    I also want to hear from people that are disappointed with the tracker and what problems they are having.

    I don't want to hear from people that don't have and shoot the tracker on how worthless the tracker is and how good the smith and redhawks are. I know the smith and ruger are great revolvers but just to big for my purpose. I also don't want to spend $800.00 to $1000.00 for a revolver that will be carried a lot an not shot much. I can buy a new blue 4 inch tracker for $479.00 plus tax and ten dollars for back ground check. That's half the price of a smith or ruger in my area.

    All comments are appreciated.
     
  2. Warlock999

    Warlock999 New Member

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    the Tracker 44 Magnum is a great pistol in my opinion. i own two of them. both have had many many rounds through them. we don't have any large bears where i live, but do have some pretty large feral hogs that can do as much or more damage as a bear can. i have dropped a couple with mine.

    i have no problems shooting mine and the recoil doesn't bother me in the least. i have owned and shot large magnum revolvers for many years though. recoil wise, there isn't a huge difference in my opinion in comparison to the Smith or the Ruger. get some aftermarket grips as the factory grips are crap at controlling recoil.

    i reload for both of mine, but generally stick with the 180-210 gr. Speer JHP's for my loads. i do use some factory Hornady 240 gr XTP loads as well, but you might want to check the seating depth on the 270 gr. bullets as i have heard they can be too long in the Tracker cylinders.
     

  3. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    More than enough handgun even with mild 44 factory ammo for black bear. There just not that hard to kill. Even at 500lbs + . Your biggest worry black bear is if they want you your probably will never have time to draw . They tend to warn you with barks and popping jaws , pull your can of BEAR SPRAY and back away as the handgun is for getting the bear off some one else . And don't sneak around in the woods unless stalking for a shot.