I have a S&W 500 and Marlin guide gun I take on all my Alaska float trips. Love them, but they are heavy. My wife and I will be on Prince of Wales hiking up and down several miles of river each day for a week in early May. For this trip, I would prefer not lugging the 500 S&W and this also gives me a reason to buy a new gun
First of all, if you think a stock Glock G20 10 mm is enough for black bear protection, say so. I would be interested to hear from you for sure. To be honest, I have a habit of overthinking things and this could be such an example. If you think a 10 mm is not up to the task, keep reading...
Guncrafter Industries makes a 50 GI conversion for the Glock G20 (10mm).
And for most models of 45's I can get a 460 Rowland conversion from Clark Custom Guns.
In either case, I would be buying a new gun. These two options juice up the 10 mm/45 a good bit as you could imagine. And no need for just saying "take the 500". I know, you are right if you said so. I want a new gun, I think 99% of you reading this will understand. Also, we will be making many more trips to SE Alaska after what I have learned in recent months so a black bear gun is not hard to justify. This gun would also be great for hiking/flyfishing in the Smoky Mountains back home in North Carolina. Lots of black bears there too. Like I said, a good black bear and ******* gun, that is easier to carry when hiking is the plan. Any thoughts?