Cold and snowy in Colorado as well and a bit bored but I am easily amused and thought I’d toss this out:
So, I am notionally planning my third trip to Soldotna for Kenai area fishing. Fished 25 days or so in the past and had only one bear encounter, a smaller one on the Russian, who took off after a brief stare. Btw, the bear was suddenly just "right there" and had the drop on me and there was no way I could have gotten the pistol out if he had wanted to have me. FYI, I have never shot a bear. Got ready to once but the bear decided to take off at about 20 yards.
I also have been close…. in a vehicle, to a couple of very large bears. I have used the term “Chevy Suburban” to describe them. Seems to be that a truly big bear is far different from the smaller ones. On my first trip, my wife, bless her heart, followed me around some with a 45-70 and on the second I carried a 629.
I am not a great shot, but I can hit with the 44 mag. I am much better with a Sig 40 cal or 45. I’m talking to a guy, an outdoorsman, who had lived in Alaska for 24 years and he carries a Colt 45 semi auto. I of course asked why and he said he can’t shoot very well with the larger revolver calibers and subscribes to: “a hit is better than a miss” and “shoot until the bear doesn’t want to get shot any more” camp. He has never had occasion to shoot a bear with a pistol.
So, there are maybe four choices:
Smith 629 with Buffalo Bore Hard cast 305 gr, LFN … box says 1325 fps
Sig 45 ACP with Buffalo Bore HC 255 gr… box says 925 fps
Sig 40 cal with Buffalo Bore HC 200 gr …. Box says 1000 fps
I am a bit better equipped now with a chest holster for the 629. Can get chest holsters for the semi-autos.
Your comments please: