my bro has one of these. I've fired it once....If you are buying a gun to protect yourselves from wild bears then buy the gun that was SPECIFICALLY designed for that.
the S&W Model 500 Revolver
This is like Bear Attacking...OH **** OH **** kind of gun....If I was hiking in bear country I'd be carrying it.
Speaking from experience (not opinion) a 44 Magnum can be very effective. If it's loaded with Buffalo Bore 305 grain flat nose ammo, there is absolutely no North American Game it won't drop. Including Grizzly & Black bears. I pistol hunt every year with a 44 Magnum and I RARELY need to fire twice to drop my game. For emergency self defence multiple shots will likely be necessary.hello am new to the forum. can any one tell me if a 44mag with a 4 inch barrel kill a black bear. why i ask is i think my wife is getting me one for xmcit's the taurus ultralite.
There is certainly nothing wrong with a .357 Magnum. I keep a Colt King Cobra .357 handy, and I am comfortable with it. It doesn't quite have the TKO of a 44 Mag. but I would feel safe with it...When I go camping or hiking in the mountains of NC, GA or TN, I carry a 6" SS Ruger GP100, .357 Mag, with Federal hard cast lead, Vital Shock .357 ammo. That would be plenty for black bear. IMHO. A .44 Mag will still work very good though.
I can confirm this with my Ruger 44 Mag Super Blackhawk Bisley. I shoot 305 grain hard cast wad cutters in it. It will handle up to about 320 grain before the bullet extends out the cylinder.240 gr or heavier soft points or hard cast bullets. For tough, thick skinned animals like bears you do not want expansion, you want deep penetration. If you have a Ruger, use 300 grainers. Rugers have a longer cylinder than other makers allowing 300 gr bullets to be loaded with sufficient oomph to work. 240's for all others.
It's not my first choice...Hey all, new here!
I've been lurking around for a while and this post got me. I'm pretty new to firearms, still learning a lot. I have been looking for the right first gun for me. But aside from that, I was taking a trip to the future and thinking about something big and bad I could get my hands on. Well, I came across this. What is your opinion?
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Smith and Wesson actually has a model 500 that has a muzzle break at the end of the barrel and Ive been told that the recoil on that model is similar to a semi-auto .357!my bro has one of these. I've fired it once....
emphasis on once....
kicks like a freaking mule, but I have full confidence it would put any creature living in North America right on its @$$....