WTB Hand Gun for Alaska

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  1. Jim Riggins

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    The pistols I have are far to small for this trip but was advised to bring one along. I think I'm looking for a 44 or 41 cal but don't want to spend more than $450.00. I hate to take advantage of hard times but if you have one to sell I'm in need of one. We're going the end of August. thanks Jim
     
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    Consider this, you may be better served with a 357 mag & ported 7" barrel.
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    If this is for possible bear encounters you might be better served with a shotgun. The locals advise if you're depending on a hand gun it's best to file down the front sight, just in case the bear shoves it up you know where.
     
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    I know a guide up there who carries a 12 gauge loaded as follows: 2 rounds of bird shot, 2 rounds of buck shot, 1 slug. If the bird shot doesn't scare them off (he refers to this as "an application", pop him with buck shot. If that doesn't work, you have that slug to do some serious damage if he gets right up on you. A .357 won't cut it on a grizz, don't bother. If you're going to stick with the .44 idea, get one with a long barrel for accuracy. Years ago I picked up a used S&W .44 model 629 classic in stainless with a 7 inch barrel for $400 with a shoulder holster from a cop I knew. If you know any local law enforcement, they're always horse trading with guns, ask around. Good luck in your search and in Alaska.
     
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    Not my gun I am selling but this is for sale on Seattlegun.org right now. Wish I had the money because its sure a pretty peice of stainless steel.
    Few other 44 cal for around the same price but do not include the scope or holster. Its a few pages back on the hand gun section.

    WTS RUGER SS .44 MAG SUPER BLACKHAWK PACHMAYR GRIPS LEUPOLD M8-2X EXTENDED SCOPE 7.5" BBL MINIMAL USE HAS HAD SOME NICE TRIGGER WORK DONE, COMES W/ ROY'S LEATHER GOODS CAMO SHOULDER CASE NICE PIECE ASKING $675 PRICE DROP****
     
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    Not sure where to find one. But had a buddy who was a bush pilot and his prefered sidearm up there was a 454 Casull (Sp??). I fired that baby a few times, was one helluva handgun. Was a ruger, not sure on model. But was a revolver, and he did use it once, and dropped the bear (and from his story, a load in his shorts too LOL). Not sure on the price of one, but something to look at.
     
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    If you already own a 12 ga look into buying a rifled slug barrel and a sling for it. Slugs are a fisherman's best friend. I have a short barrel for an 870 wingmaster chambered for 2 3/4". Reasonable. SS
     
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    A 20" stainless steel, synthetic stock 12ga Remington 870. If your worried about kick, get a 20ga, it will do just as much damage.
     
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    Shot gun in a sling. Alomost all of the locals I see are carrying the and not handguns.
     
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    Based on what ballistics / field trauma / emergency room data?
     
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    12Ga has a bit more thump than a 20Ga, But, thats not the issue, topic is a pistol that is "needed"
     
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    I have guided single fisherman on float trips thru-out alaska--if you have never fired a 41/44 mag this is probably not the time to learn (not my idea of fun) there is no question in my experience that a short barreled 12 guage with bird/double oo buck/followed by slugs is the way to go--you should hope that you never kill a bear--check out what you are required to do-i.e. cape the animal and return it with you!!(that was the law as of 2008)
     
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    In that case, I'd look into a .454 as Jerry mentioned or the .50 S&W Magnum. Anything longer than 4" barrel is a waste, 'cause that bears going to be on you so fast you probably won't clear the holster on a 6-8". Seriously; I've seen them run. A friend was AK Fish/Game and had to dispatch 3; 2 with a shotgun loaded with 00 buck/slug/buck/slug and one with a .41 or .44 mag, don't recall. Point he was very emphatic about was a handgun doesn't cut it.
    I'd carry bear spray.
     
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    Norseman1 Spey Fishing the Mighty Columbia......

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    If you do decide on a handgun for coastal Grizz and Browns, please do yourself a favor and DO NOT use hollow points !!! For a heavy boned bear you want PENETRATION and you WILL NOT get it with hollow points. You want a round that will penetrate DEEPLY and has the ability to smash shoulders. If you need to defend yourself a lung shot will not drop a bear before he gets to you. You need to break his wheels and the only way to do that is to penetrate and for the bullet to hold together. Hard cast linotype bullets as heavy as you can get will get the job done. As for calibre......44 mag and up.
     
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