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Bear Facts ONLY - .44 mag Help Needed

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by cpg3, Jan 31, 2010.

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  1. cpg3

    cpg3 Member

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    I need some help. I am going to Alaska (Aniak River trip) for 10 days. I will be packing my S&W 629 for defense. I need real info on Doubletap or other ammo for bear protection. Please respond. :uhoh:
     
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    What exactly is it you want to know?

    I'd look for a heavy, hard-cast SWC or L.B.T.-L.F.N. for maximum penetration and bone-breaking ability.

    Try Buffalo Bore.
    http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=48

    Or Double-Tap:
    http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_35&products_id=123

    http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_35&products_id=329

    Keep in mind though that your gun will shoot to a different point of aim with this heavy bullet ammo. You will need to buy and shoot enough of it to sight in and become comfortable with where the gun is shooting.

    Fact be known though, no handgun has enough power, and few people are calm or fast enough with a handgun, to stop a bear before it can be all over you.

    You would probably be better off with a giant industrial size can of bear pepper spray if you can't carry a big-bore rifle or slug loaded shotgun.

    rc
     
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    yeah but that pistol sure beats haveing to try to run for it!:eek:
     
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    Shoot the BIGGEST Garrett has to offer that will be safe in your gun. Heavy hardcast is what i carry up there in my .454. You will love Alaska. It will not be your last trip!
     
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    Try a box of Garrett's cast heavyweights ... 310 gr.@1325 fps... these should do the trick if you needed them..
     
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    I don't believe BBore's biggest will chamber in the Smith, but the 305 grain hardcasts should. Garrett's 310 hardcasts are also approved, but not their +P stuff.

    A word of warning. Do not come to Anchorage, let alone Bethel, expecting to find a good supply of this or any other ammunition! We've had terrible shortages particularly during the hunting season. Bring what you need with you.
     
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    I agree with heavy hardcast. I'd also take some magnum bearspray(the powerful stuff).
     
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    Are you restricted to handguns only? 10 days is an eternity in the wild.

    Rifle/shotgun (slugs) will complement your 44 Mag nicely.
     
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