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Preferred Woods Gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mr. Mosin, Aug 28, 2021.

  1. Water-Man

    Water-Man Member

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    Ruger SP101 .327 Fed Mag 3"
     
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  2. .45Coltguy

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    Usually my Uberti/Taylor's in .45 Colt. Really like that gun.
     
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  3. swg1

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    It's stiff, but I find the fast slap of a 180grn load to sting more. Three cylinders are plenty for a practice session after some 44 special loads.
     
  4. Vern Humphrey

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    I've lived in the woods for more than 20 years. I live so deep in the Ozarks that Monday doesn't get here until Thursday. We have Black bears -- I've had them come in the yard. I've seen one Mountain Lion in all the time I've lived here. And a couple of years back a nice 6X6 elk was killed in this county (yes, we have elk in Arkansas.) We're up to our hips in white tail deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, coyotes and so on. And we have wood ducks nesting along the creek.

    I have 160 acres, a quarter mile wide by a mile deep, with a creek flowing right down the middle.

    I have two woods guns -- A Colt Woodsman made in 1938 (the most accurate handgun I've ever owned) and a Colt New Service -- with adjustable sights and Herrett Shooting Master grips.
     
  5. Kleanbore

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    Now that's in the woods!
     
  6. tomrkba

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    I like my 629 loaded with Federal 44A ammunition.
     
  7. Jackalope 1

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    Colt Anaconda 45 LC, loaded HOT, oh yeah, 8" barrel, Keith 250 grn hard cast bullet backed by IMR4227 or H4227, penetrates from bow to stern or one side out the other. More than enough to handle anything in the lower 48, but do know a gentleman in Alaska that has taken every game animal the state contains, same model handgun, same load, same results, me, I'd draw a line before an Alaskan Brown Bear entered the picture, they is BIG!!!!
     
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  8. Jackalope 1

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    Somebody has to feed the big bears once in awhile.
    Very nice looking your M25 45, but does S&W make a M625 45LC in 83/8" barrel, I really like the full underlug barrel.
     
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  9. Paladin7

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    For woods walking and hunting I've always preferred something light enough in weight to not slow me down, but heavy enough in power to deal with whatever may come my way...

    When hunting in Upstate NY, I used to carry my S&W 696 no dash in 44 Special, loaded with some hot 200 gr jacketed hollow points. No bears at the time, so the only concern was the occasional Bobcat or rarely two legged creatures. Then things changed when Black Bears moved into the area... switched to my Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley Lipsey's Special Edition 44 Magnum 3 5/8" barrel. That made me more comfortable. 240 gr Keith level loads that are very controllable in this gun. The biggest issue I'd face was walking out or coming back from my hunting stand where I might run into a bear.

    Personally, when not hunting and on private land, I'm happy with a S&W Model 36-1 3" barrel 38, although I'm looking for a Ruger SSS in 32 Magnum which might just be perfect.

    Now I'm out West, so my choices will most likely change. We have feral hogs out here and snakes.
     
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  10. WheelGunMan

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    My favorite hunting sidearm is my 6" Ruger Security Six in . 357. My 3"LCRx in .357 also make a nice sidearm.. and lastly my HK P30 in 9mm has possibilities.

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  11. Boattale

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    It sounds like a place where the hoot owls .... the chickens. Woodsman is a fine piece Just a guess but are you anywhere close to Mt. Judea?
     
  12. Vern Humphrey

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    Not all that far. I'm in Stone County, east of there Mount Judea is in Newton County.
     
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    I do not know. That would be a cool revolver for sure. :thumbup:
     
  15. WrongHanded
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    Alright, I'll bite.

    Assuming I'm not in Grizzly country (which I rarely am), but assuming I am in Mountain Lion, Black Bear, and Moose country (which I often am), this is what I prefer in a revolver:

    Ruger BH 4.62" barrel chambered in .41 Magnum, with a SBH hammer, and a few stainless replacement parts (from a SBH), also a free spinning cylinder. Strong side carry in a Simply Rugged 120 holster, with the strap off unless negotiating difficult terrain (which I sometimes do).

    I also think the load is important. So I carry a handload of a 220-225gr LBT LFN-GC bullet and enough 300-MP to push it at around 1240fps. It's about as much recoil as I find controllable with the plow handle grip frame. I've found that whilst a similar WFN bullet is quite accurate with the same charge, because they fit inside the cylinder throats, reloading can become tricky once there's powder residue in there. So I'll take the smaller meplat of the LFN and reliable reloading.
     
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  16. Barry the Bear

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    I carry a Taurus 605 with .38 plus p loads mostly. I live in Texas HILL Country the black bears are to the far east, and wolves and big ungulates like Moose are not a concern, sure we have puma here but I've never seen one out of the zoo, even if I did a .38 is enough for that. Snakes and feral dogs are more my concern, and an ill fated encounter with a prior Taurus 85 and rottweiler showed me the effects of a 158 gr SWC are pretty devastating
     
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  17. Biblethumpncop

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    I was bow hunting for elk last weekend up here in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. Wolves are in the area, as are black bears and mountain lions. I have an assortment of revolvers I could legally carry while bow hunting. I chose my Flattop Blackhawk .44spl 4-5/8" in a homemade leather holster with a 2" belt. I had 250gr LSWC in it and 12 more on speed strips in my pack. The holster and belt made it carry nicely and out of the way. I was a cop for 20 years, so carrying a full size gun on my hip isn't foreign.

    I'm headed back for 10 days and due to the wolves, I will be carrying it again...and a wolf tag.
     

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    I'm in Florida so no chances of coming up on a grizzly or brown bear. Might could run into a black bear, but they're usually very shy creatures and a panther even more so. A "woods gun" to me would be for other game and stuff like snakes, marauding pine cones, and such. To that end I carry a SP101 in 327 Fed Mag though I usually have it loaded with 32 H&R rounds. Those will do for most anything I'm likely to encounter from squirrels to smaller pigs.

    If I felt like I needed more horsepower I could carry an N-frame 357 or a GP100 in 44 spl, but by and large those would be overpowered for what I would ordinarily want to use it for. If I were deliberately hunting large game I'd use the N-frame as it has the barrel length to generate plenty of oomph, but would be way overkill for smaller animals.
     
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