jeff_osu wrote:My job sends me out in the field a lot, specifically into black bear and cougar territory (boot of NM, Canada, etc.). I don't need anything big enough for a grizzly, but I'm trying to settle on a good bear defense gun. I realize it's unlikely I will run into trouble, but I spend so many days out in the woods that my exposure rate skyrockets. Some of my colleagues have been stalked by cougars as well.
I had a S&W 629 .44 magnum with a 6.5" barrel, which was a breeze to carry. Unfortunately, it was stolen, and I'm in a rut as to what I should replace it with. What I need is something that satisfies these criteria:
1) Open sights
2) Adequate penetration for a black bear
3) Bigger caliber is obviously better
4) Smaller overall gun size would be a plus
5) Quick access for snap shooting
I am torn between 3 options:
1) Replace my original S&W 629 with 6.5" for a hip holster.
2) Get a longer-barreled .44 and carry with a chest holster.
3) Carry a .45/70 Marlin 1895 Guide Gun in a safari carry.
I am not especially concerned with the cost of ammo or any uses other than as a brush defense gun. It only needs to shoot accurately to 50 meters, but it needs to penetrate and put a bear down (with proper shot placement of course). I would appreciate any input, thanks!
Edit: Should I consider Savage's HogHunter .338 bolt-action?
dsm16428 wrote:short, handy pump shotgun with a set of Ghost Ring sights, loaded up with breneke K.O. slugs and 00 buck. LOTS of stopping power and quick to deploy....
Tenner wrote:I will stick to my bear spray any day.
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