I have a 2 inch Ruger Alaskan. It shoots accurately and doesn't seem to be too heavy to carryI'm considering a Ruger Alaskan vs S&W 69 - both in .44 Magnum. The Ruger is about $200 more - do you guys think it's worth it?
I'm in AZ, but I do find myself hiking in Montana usually once each summer.
Haven't thought about being disabled, I'll have to consider my options here. I carry a 1911 in a serpa, Underwood penetrators in .45 ACP. The Glock 10mm is to big for my girly hands. I have a Kimber 1911 in 10mm I do like. However, the 45 is my go to.I did not take time to re-read entire thread but I didn’t see it mentioned. I wear my Glock 10mm in a chest holster. If you’re ambushed by a bear or mountain lion and you have your sidearm on your right hip and he grabs you by the right arm you may have trouble getting to it.
That is a good, often overlooked point. Good luck clearing a jam while a brown bear is on top of you, shaking you like a rag doll from the scalp. But in any less than ideal cartridge for bear killing, an auto with more rounds on tap will still increase your odds of survival over a revolver left in the car because it weighs 4 pounds, or one that you wound and enrage the territorial bear with poor shooting because of the flinch you have developed from massive recoil.I choose a revolver over an auto because if you’re in contact with a bear, a revolver worked even jammed into the bear. In this situation a auto can go out of battery & not fire.