Hi all -- I know this topic always comes up, but I couldn't find any threads about this particular firearm.
I'm in BC which is second only to Alaska for grizz and blackie populations. Our bears range from 150 pounds to 600 pounds at the largest (no coastal Brownies here).
I canoe and fly fish with 2 girls and a small wife and we want to bring along something everyone is comfortable firing that would be effective against these size bears.
I can't find anyone who would endorse a .357 Puma 16" barrel, even though this is as close as we can get to carrying a handgun (no handguns allowed in the bush in BC). I've given up trying to find a .44 mag with a 16" barrel, rare and expensive on the used market if they ever show. Need a compact and lightweight firearm that is legal to carry.
So my question is this: any Alaskans comfortable carrying this firearm under those circumstances with 180gr doing 1400fps? If some Alaskans are ok with it, should work in BC just fine.