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    If you carry one on a bear hunt, what is your BACKUP handgun? This is aside from the primary hunting firearm or bow. Mine is usually a Colt Anaconda .44 Mag 6-incher but I'm going to go with a lighter and shorter Taurus Tracker .44 Mag 4-incher this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainydayhunter View Post
    If you carry one on a bear hunt, what is your BACKUP handgun? This is aside from the primary hunting firearm or bow. Mine is usually a Colt Anaconda .44 Mag 6-incher but I'm going to go with a lighter and shorter Taurus Tracker .44 Mag 4-incher this year.
    I don't carry a "back-up" gun...I don't see the point. If I can't seal the deal with a scoped rife, I doubt a handgun would be much help.

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    I carry a 475 linebaugh but not necessarily for a "back up" well unless I am bowhunting.. But there are lots of times I choose not to carry a rifle like when I am hauling meat,or mountain hunting and I am not the primary shooter and its nice to have something a little more capable then a sharp stick in the eye...

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    I normally carry a ruger 44 mag but as I get older I have started carrying a taurus titanium 44 special. It is light and small and I don't mind carrying it.

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    My Ruger Alaskan is like my pocket knife and always with me so its normal dress not back up.
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    Amigo my Ruger Alaskan is a .416. I'd be one bad hombre carrying that around like a pocket knife.
    My pistol is a S&W 41 mag shooting 265g hard casts. I don't ever want to shoot it without hearing protection. I'll have that along for my 2013 bow hunts.

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    Redhawk 45 Colt.

    I carry a backup, since most of my hunts involve either overnight trips, or long periods on foot, or both. For hiking, or in camp, I like having a pistol on my chest rig within easy access in case I need to get to it quickly, or in close quarters.
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    My Taurus Tracker in .44 mag goes with me everywhere I go in the woods, hunting or not.

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    The .41 mag is a real nice round that you don't really hear much about.

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    I hunt with a bow or muzzle loader 95% of the time so i will carry a tracter as well when hunting with a rifle i do not carry the extra gear until i drop the rifle and start packing meat then i will pick up the tracker again. The best back up is the one you have when you need it not the one that was left in the boat because it was too big to carry

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    Oh No!!!!
    Not the dreaded "Bear handgun" thread again!!!!!
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    I will second that! I have one with some hot loads I am consistant with that will do an excellent job.

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    The .41 mag is a real nice round that you don't really hear much about.
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    I love my Smith and Wesson 4in 629 in 44mag.
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    I don't care how many times these threads come up I always enjoy them.


    Me: Glock 20 10mm 200 gr WFNGC Double Tap
    The Old Guy: S&W 629 Classic 5" 44 Mag 320 gr WFNGC Double Tap


    Up here in Barrow I don't carry a "back up" pistol though, the rifles/shotguns we hunt with will do the job (polar bears aren't much of a problem... Very low density, as compared to bears elsewhere). The above we carry mostly as fishing/exploring protection when the 12ga and 450 Marlin might make others uneasy and I don't feel like explaining that even though they feel safe with nothing... or just pepper spray... I don't.

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    Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan .454 Casull 400gr WFNGC Double Tap

    I don't carry it while hunting, but it does rest neatly beside my sleeping bag at night. Also, easy to have on hip back at camp, head to water to fish, when nature calls, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbitten View Post
    I don't carry a "back-up" gun...I don't see the point
    Good for you........he asked the people that do......
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    Glock 20 10mm loaded with DT 200gr hardcast is my carry gun in the woods. Might take the moss 500 12 ga sometimes as well if i'm not hunting(no rifle or bow)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Good for you........he asked the people that do......
    Thank you for pointing that out.

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    22 single shot. Shoot partner in the knee and run . Unless I'm hunting with my wife of course. I can outrun her either way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbitten View Post
    Thank you for pointing that out.
    You're quite welcome I'm sure........
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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