I've been lurking and searching the forum for few days now and still can't make up my mind on this ...
I would like to ask those of you that purchased Smith Model 500 after 460 was already available, what made you choose it? Why not 460?
Same question for those that purchased 460 instead of 500, what was your rational? Why not 500?
Which barrel length do you recommend? "ES" version or 4-5" version?
Couple of more questions:
I live in CA and my family and I go hiking to the local mountains where we have black bears and I've always carried SIG-220 in case we run into a predatory bear.
This summer in late June we are lucky enough to visit Alaska -- we'll be staying in Homer, and I'd like to take my family to the surrounding areas for day hikes. What are the chances of us running into a bear in around Homer areas -- lets say Kachemak Bay State Park?
I was planing on arming my wife and son with a bear spray while I'd carry a last ditch defence tool -- 460 or 500. In CA I try to stay low key and carry my SIG-220 in "The Wilderness Safepacker Holster" -- people here are touchy about guns even though it's allowed to carry one where we hike. How is it in Alaska? Specifically in Homer? Can I safely strap a Smith 460/500 across my chest without being questioned by the rangers, hikers as to why I need it?
Thanks for all your help -- it's a great forum.