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Old January 27th, 2020, 06:12 PM   #46
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I spent a year at King Salmon, Alaska while I was a youngster in the Air Force. I saw many large Alaska Brownies while fishing and hiking. My "duty handgun" was a Ruger Standard 22 LR. My plan was to fire a couple rounds in the air to scare off the bear. If that didn't work, I would use the other 7 rounds to shoot the bear in its foot. While the bear was dancing around with foot pain, I'd run like hell in the other direction. My concept isn't proven but I did manage to come home safely from every excursion.

Actually, at least on person in out fishing party had a high power rifle, capable of dispatching a bear in an emergency. My rifle was a Remington Mod 721 chambered in 300 H&H.
I was expecting you to say your plan was to shoot someone else in your party in the knee with the 22LR and then run in the other direction...



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I was expecting you to say your plan was to shoot someone else in your party in the knee with the 22LR and then run in the other direction...
LOL, I was waiting for that also!
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I would carry my Redhawk 4" loaded with big boy rounds. If that is too much weight @ 47 oz plus ammo then the Alaskan is on the SRH frame which is even beefier but 2 oz less due to less BBL. Truthfully if my choice in AK was between a 5.5" SBH and a GP100 I would go with the SBH everyday just because it's a 44 mag. The SBH weighs in at 45 oz. If you don't have a chance to draw the SBH because the bear is on you then not sure much will help. Maybe a DA would be better at that point but you are still getting chewed. Take the SBH out and practice, practice.
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The obvious answer is buy ALL of them.

My favorite double action 44 Magnum revolver is my S&W 629 but it's a 6 incher and I think you want something more compact. That being said perhaps the Super Redhawk Alaskan is worth your consideration. I'm pretty sure they named it the Alaskan for a reason...

I bought mine prior to a trip to Wyoming and Montana for bear defense and it's turned out to be a favorite in its own right. It took some tweaking to get it right but it's a handy package that often goes along still when camping here (even though we don't have the big bears down this way.)

Here's mine.

Absolutely a beautiful .44 magnum revolver.
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As much as I like them, this is the double action forum.
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