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#7245080 - 08/04/18 10:40 AM Grizzly protection on a budget.
MeanGreen85 Offline
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I need some recommendations on a quality cartridge & DA revolver for grizzly protection (cost and weight factored in if possible).

I usually take my G20SF into the backcountry when bear encounters are possible, but Iíll be passing through Denver on my next trip, and it looks like Denverís bump stock ban also eliminated any legal posession of 15+ round magazines previously permitted by a state law grandfather clause. realmad

I guess the silver lining in this is that I finally have a good reason to get a proper revolver for grizz protection.


Edited by MeanGreen85 (08/04/18 11:37 AM)
Edit Reason: Realized I need double action only

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#7245083 - 08/04/18 10:41 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
jhenderson Offline
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Whatís your budget?

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#7245091 - 08/04/18 10:49 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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44mag in nice heavy revolver works well
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#7245092 - 08/04/18 10:52 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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Ruger Blackhawk


44 mag
45 colt properly loaded.

$500-600

Ruger Alaskan

454

480

44 mag

$7-800

Mos berg 500 12 ga & slugs.

$300 or less

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#7245103 - 08/04/18 11:00 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: jhenderson]
MeanGreen85 Offline
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Originally Posted By: jhenderson
Whatís your budget?


Under $700-800 including holster rig & ammo. Iím happy to entertain more expensive options, though.

All-weather finishes would be a plus too.

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#7245108 - 08/04/18 11:03 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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My vote would be a Ruger Blackhawk in .44 mag or .45 Colt. For the .45, load up some Ruger only loads with a heavy cast bullet (300 gr + WFN), or buy some Buffalo Bore or similar if you donít handload. Standard Blackhawks can be found for less than $500 used, and they are built like a tank. The plow handle grip is not pleasant to shoot with the heavy loads, but is the most economical model when compared to the Bisleys and double actions from Ruger. Charter Arms makes some inexpensive double actions in .44 Spl and .45 Colt, but I donít have any personal experience with them. It really comes down to what you want to spend.

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#7245115 - 08/04/18 11:11 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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Having worked on a Charter Arms or two, I would recommend NOT EVEN considering them for the intended purpose. I'm sorry, they're just cheap and no better than a Rossi IMO.
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#7245127 - 08/04/18 11:29 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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Excellent advice so far guys keep it coming.

Looks like the Blackhawks are single action only, correct? Iím thinking that could be an issue when SHTF if I donít have the training / muscle memory to remember to [censored] the hammer between shots.

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#7245128 - 08/04/18 11:30 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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Damn language filter roflmao

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#7245136 - 08/04/18 11:33 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
cblackall Offline
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Originally Posted By: MeanGreen85
Excellent advice so far guys keep it coming.

Looks like the Blackhawks are single action only, correct? Iím thinking that could be an issue when SHTF if I donít have the training / muscle memory to remember to [censored] the hammer between shots.


Yes, single action only.

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#7245153 - 08/04/18 11:50 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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Just carry bear spray and save your money. $40, much easier to carry/deploy effectively, and works better when the SHTF during a grizzly charge anyway.
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#7245157 - 08/04/18 11:53 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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#7245165 - 08/04/18 11:58 AM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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Granted, this is coming from someone who has only entered bear country once, and that was dead of winter...but I would personally feel better with a big honkin piece of lead than a bottle of spicy liquid. My personal opinion only. Other than that, I have absolutely nothing to add. lizard
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#7245170 - 08/04/18 12:05 PM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: MeanGreen85]
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NG Iíll pass on your suggestion. FWIW I also carry bear spray, but the peace of mind proved by a firearm canít be overstated.

My group encountered a mama grizz with two cubs in Glacier NP two years ago. We were smart enough & lucky enough to be able to keep enough distance between us to avoid a conflict thankfully. I promise you I was not wishing that Iíd left my gun at home.

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#7245171 - 08/04/18 12:06 PM Re: Grizzly protection on a budget. [Re: unclebubba]
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Originally Posted By: unclebubba
Granted, this is coming from someone who has only entered bear country once, and that was dead of winter...but I would personally feel better with a big honkin piece of lead than a bottle of spicy liquid. My personal opinion only. Other than that, I have absolutely nothing to add. lizard


Iím not going to argue about it. Thatís the way I expect almost everyone on a Texas rifle forum to feel. But the facts say otherwise. Spray will stop most charges. Lead will stop only those where the CNS is shut down. Watch a grizzly destroy everything within a 20í radius after being shot in the boiler room with a .375 and you may feel differently - and thatís without him having a defined threat/prey objective.

I get it though. It ainít macho. smile
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