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First handgun

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by jbettin, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. North2Alaska

    North2Alaska New Member

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    I'd look into a Ruger Super Redhawk .44 Mag

    Very accurate and dependable. And it's the gun I'd want with me if I had a bear coming at me.
  2. zb338

    zb338 New Member

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    Whatever big magnum pistol you buy, buy a nice little .22 pistol
    along with it. Starting out with a big magnum will make any of
    us a big time flincher. If that happens you won't be able to hit
    anything. Shoot the .22 a lot and then you will be ready to shoot
    the big guy.
    Zeke
  3. johnlives4christ

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    from the way you worded it, you would not be hunting with this handgun, but carrying it as a backup type gun on a hunting trip. if this is the case, it is my opinion that the 1911 in 45acp would be fine for this application.

    i have read several magazine articles about hunting with auto loading pistols and know that in the right hands a 1911, using the right loads is a very effective hunting tool. i have heard of people carrying it as bear back up also.

    for a pistol that would do both home defense duty, plinking and also hunting the 1911 could work. and since you're familiar with it, it might be a good choice. a 44 magnum would be a better choice for hunting bear obviously. but if it is only going to be a backup, i would go 45.

    another option that others have not mentioned would be a 357 magnum. in the hands of a competent marksman 357 magnum has taken most species including brown bear. i dont know if anyone has taken polar bear with it though. while again, a 44 would be better to hunt with, as a backup a 357 could serve.

    for my tastes, as a home defense/plinking gun that will be used for hunting backup, the 44 is probably not the best choice.

    if the gun is to be used for the primary hunting weapon, i would suggest a ruger blackhawk 44 magnum
  4. lucky-gunner

    lucky-gunner New Member

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    Well for a good backpacking revolver the .44 Magnum would be the best choice. I have the S&W 460 and it's a great revolver but the X Frame is heavy and unless you are hunting with it you won't want to carry it around.
  5. jacksonco

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    As a back up in Alaska where one may encounter bears of large stature a 1911 would be totally unexceptable. Even a 357 mag does not have the bite needed to put down a charging brown bear. Go with at least a 44 mag and learn to shoot it quickly and accurately. Bears are fast and can close distances very quickly on you. And be sure to go with a DA revolver over a single action. There may not be time or you amy be unable to cock the gun during a bear attack.

    Best bet though for back up in Alaska would be a pump shotgun loaded up with slugs.
  6. 1911 man

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    a ruger super redhawk will fill any job you need it to,and it will last forever
  7. roaddog28

    roaddog28 New Member

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    Hi,
    For hunting in 44 mag a Ruger Redhawk 5 1/2 barrel is a option or in single action a Blackhawk in a 4 5/8 barrel. The Blackhawk convertible is a great option but factory ammo for 45LC is harder to find. Most people I know with the Blackhawk convertible in 45LC and 45ACP reload. Actually if you do reload the Blackhawk convertible is the best option.

    Good luck,
    Howard
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