I am headed back to Alaska for fishing trip this summer and want to take along something a little bigger than my 44 this round.
Will be in remote area on 3 days and want to have something big and compact with me at all times while fishing for piece of mind. I am pretty big guy and can handle the recoil and will have several months at the range to get as comfortable as one can get with one of these big boys.
Have found the following local deals.
S&W Model 500 with 4" barrel $900
S&W Model 500ES in survival kit for $1150
S&W Model 460ES in survival kit for $1000
Ruger Alaskan in 454 for $780 (6 rounds in cyl)
After reading many posts and articles I pretty much decided the 500 is what I want for backup bear protection but just wanted to hear any thoughts on these choices. I kind of like the 2 3/4" in 500 but those are harder to find a deal on and you can see I have a good deal on the 460ES or the 4" in 500. Since the only time I plan on toting this is when I am in bear country so the versality of the 460 shooting 45 colt or 454 is not that big of deal...have plenty of other pistols for personal defense.
By the way, I know all the proper procedures of steering clear of ol mr bear and know how to stand down a bluff but for my son and mine own personal piece of mind I need a little security blanket on the hip.