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Old November 28th, 2019, 10:09 PM   #31
 
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Quit hiking in places you think you might need a firearm.



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Old November 29th, 2019, 02:17 PM   #32
 
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You are hiking. You need something light, flat, easily concealed that won't irritate your body while hiking. It needs to be of sufficient power to fend off dogs, bad guys, and mama bears protecting babies. That's some tough criteria to fulfill. I love my Ruger LCP in .380 ACP but it is only a 6+1 gun and the .380 ACP just isn't enough for black bears, IMO.

With that in mind, I'm thinking a Sig P365 (10+1) or Springfield Hellcat (11+1) in 9mm, loaded with Buffalo Bore 147gr Hard Cast FN bullets (https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=389) These guns are light, small, flat, easily concealed, and the 9mm firing a 'heavy for caliber' flat nose hard cast bullet will effectively handle all your Pennsylvania hiking threats.

If you are more of a revolver guy (I love them, but they are thicker/bulkier than a semi-auto and have less capacity) I like the Ruger LCR in .38 Special firing a +P 158gr FN hard-cast bullets. The .357 Mag version works, too.
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Old November 30th, 2019, 07:06 AM   #33
 
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My hiking revolver is a Ruger LCR in .38 Special +P loaded with Buffalo Bore Ammo. Pick whatever LCR configuration and caliber you prefer. Load it with the proper ammo. Great, lightweight carry package for hiking. Best wishes!
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My hiking gun is a 4" S&W 29-2 .44 magnum with two speed loaders.
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Old January 3rd, 2020, 07:14 PM   #35
 
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need to determine if hiker is a semiauto pistol or revolver guy, but can safely assume needs a lightweight, smaller and handy handgun in either case. here are my picks, based on what i own or have access to shoot regularly. if semiauto, centerfire: taurus spectrum 380acp, shoots well, feels great in hand and greater with hogue grips added; rimfire: ruger sr22 for all the reasons that ruger fans know well. i recommend revolvers for the outdoors, besides overall liking them personally. centerfire: any 5 or 6 shot, 2” or 3” 38sp revolver with a hammer for da/sa operation. rimfire: ruger bearcat, which is much more robust than a s&w 317.
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I guess snakes and people are my threats. We have bears in PA, but I don't think black bears will attack unless you get between them and their cubs.


If you wanna carry something for snakes/bad guys I say get a conventional polymer carry gun of your flavor- 9,40,45 and fill it with hollow points if you’re really trying to stay light. Maybe some hot hardcasts if you wanna feel better about bears.
I believe a 4.2” gp100 in 357 or 10mm is about the perfect trail gun. Or to get even lighter a 4 5/8” Blackhawk, if you can get good with a single action.


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There are many, many choices that make a good trail handgun. As others have said, find a used Glock 17/19, or a 3 or 4 inch .357.
For something flat, easy to conceal if you want, consider a S&W Shield in 9mm or .45 ACP.
Mine is in .40 but it is the ported version, so follow up shots are a bit easier.
It could be dark when you get back off the trail, so carry a flash light.
My .40 has a TRL-6 light and laser, only adds 1.2 ounces.

For light weight, one of the Taurus Titanium revolvers mentioned, or a S&W Scandium/Titanium wheelgun.
Mine is a .45 ACP 325PD. Only weighs 21 ounces, but packs a punch and you can put a shotshell in the first chamber up.
Reloads are really quick with the moon clips.
They also make it in a .44 Mag version, but recoil can be brutal in such a lightweight. I suspect most guys shoot .44 Special in them for the most part. I know I would.
My daughter is pretty small, but even with +P .45s, wasn't bothered in the least by recoil.
I bought the Scandium/Titanium Smith to use on kayak camping trips, if it got wet, no big deal.

S&W isn't making them anymore, so you'd have to look for one at a gun show or some place like Gunbroker.
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My EDC is a GP100 357Mag so that is my trail gun also for the unlikely event a mountain lion, pack of coyotes or dingos, small black bear or human become aggressive. I have only seen coyotes and rattle snakes on the trails near my home. The coyotes move away and I go around the rattle snakes. I know the mountain lions are around but they stay hidden.
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How about the LCRX model 5444? It has a 3" barrel, adjustable sights in .357 mag and weighs 22 oz.

It's light, has good sights and enough sight radius for good practical accuracy and allows a great range of ammo power from mild .38 Special target loads to full house .357 Magnum.
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How about the LCRX model 5444? It has a 3" barrel, adjustable sights in .357 mag and weighs 22 oz.

It's light, has good sights and enough sight radius for good practical accuracy and allows a great range of ammo power from mild .38 Special target loads to full house .357 Magnum.
Very good choice. I danced around it or the 3" SP101 and went with the SP. I may still get the 3" LCRX, just because! LOL
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I own 2 Revolvers that I would Consider a good woods, hiking firearm to carry.
(1) The Kimber Stainless K6S DASA 357 Magnum 3". It is clamed to be the smallest Framed .357 6 shot Revolver. If I were Hiking in Big Bear Country I would Carry My S&W M69
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How about the LCRX model 5444? It has a 3" barrel, adjustable sights in .357 mag and weighs 22 oz.

It's light, has good sights and enough sight radius for good practical accuracy and allows a great range of ammo power from mild .38 Special target loads to full house .357 Magnum.
LCRX is a great choice if you can handle 357Mag practice rounds at the range. I almost picked one up but it was too stout with 357 for my liking and it is important for me to practice with my EDC. 38SP in the LCRX feels better but I want more power on the trail. So recommend range time before deciding.
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S&W 360PD ,11.4OZ of .357 or a 329PD if you want .44 mag
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Old January 9th, 2020, 01:34 PM   #44
 
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If it has to be very light weight I carry a 642 loaded with this

https://www.underwoodammo.com/collec...18785707458617

I carry this when out doing my exercise walking or biking and want something super light. That ammo is easy to shoot but should take care of most 2 and 4 legged beasts you might encounter .. no not bear or mountain lions although ??

I would have been fine with an LCR as well but the smith was at a great price and fit my hands a bit better and I think conceals a little easier in the pocket.

I personally go hiking with at least a .357 or 10mm but if light were the order of the day ... I feel pretty good about the 642
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Bear country tells me I'd better take my .357 magnum or .45 Colt. You may never see the Cubs or for that matte the bear. What ever caliber you desire on get you some shot shells for it and put a couple in your pocket. I hate poisonous snakes.
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