Bignate said:how are most of you carrying? Chest rig/ holster on belt of backpack? Im looking for options
DEEF said:After listening to Seal and Coach Chris Forrest on the EXO MTN podcast, I'll be purchasing 10mm. He says you want velocity over caliber size of .45 & .40. He said his wood block testing shows the need for velocity. He said the larger big revolvers will suffice as well. He said from his testing he'd prefer 9mm over a .45. Said, full jacket not hollow points. Hardened lead is preferrable.
After his story about Todd and the grizzly speed he referenced, I will not be putting my health and wellness security in bear spray.
If I get charged, I'd rather dispatch the animal to heaven than give him some chilly and flare than a blurry smoke show. I respect the approach to avoid and hide when in their territory, but I've seen Grizzly Man and know better to think I can bark up a big teddy. You see guys fishing and photographing with them, I think that's absurd.
If you are man of faith, you also know spirits can control wild animals?I like to deal with that in bullets and the name the man upstairs. And given my faith, in that order. I think the man upstairs knew exactly what he meant when he said you'll do greater things than I.
We used to carry the good old .44 S&W revolver and killed black bears no problem.
Now backpacking and considering size and weight, I'm looking for a 10mm(despite it's size and weight). I've gained loveyeyes for the Sig P220 Hunter.
I've treed both cats and black bear with hounds and feel like my bark is big enough for them to reconsider their proximity. I've actually treed a black bear using my voice without a hound. Although, it was already on the run and I approached it in my truck?A garbage bear; even still, they don't like the noise. He did not stay treed very long; as they do with weak treeing and/or a couple hounds on them. Without hounds, I'm a little less confident at night and feel better at night with my gun on standby.
In all my years hunting, I've never lit up a panther at night without hounds. I do believe cats keep their distance, but you never know what their circumstances are and I like to be pro-active-vigilant?hate to be fooled once.
Here's the Podcast & Chris link: