Back country carry gun

Glock 29SF (10mm) I like it b/c it’s compact and packs a punch.
 
I would not bother to own something the weight of a Super Redhawk in .44 magnum.
A 4" Redhawk in .44 mag or .45 Colt is my ideal.
That said, I have a .44 Ruger Bisley with 5" barrel under my head in the tent. I've started tto carry a 10mm 1911 when idly hiking, and a 5" BFR in .475 Linebaugh when I'm on the salmon stream.
 
I would not bother to own something the weight of a Super Redhawk in .44 magnum.
A 4" Redhawk in .44 mag or .45 Colt is my ideal.
That said, I have a .44 Ruger Bisley with 5" barrel under my head in the tent. I've started tto carry a 10mm 1911 when idly hiking, and a 5" BFR in .475 Linebaugh when I'm on the salmon stream.
I like the 4"ish Redhawks also, particularly in 45 Colt. The 475 Linebaugh and 480 Ruger are 2 other favorite cartridges.
Possibly my most favorite single action is a Freedom Arms 4-3/4" 475 Linebaugh.
The 4-5/8" Ruger Bisley in 480 Ruger also fits well for me as a companion revolver.
 
A 450 marlin in BLR WITH 350 GR bullet will be an excellent back country gun to pack. I modify 350 gr tsx bullets by shaving a little bit of the tip and also the magazine. They feed well and shoot well. Short rifle to carry aswell ready for most game. At 2200ft/sec. Can also be loaded with 350gr Hornady.
Krish
 
The best available scientific data suggests that bear spray is actually more likely to protect you than is a handgun.

And it avoids the long conversation with the game warden discussing whether or not you needed to shoot that bear.

Yeah, sure. My friend, Dan, was killed even though he deployed a whole can of bear spray. The can was found empty near his body. When a bear decides to kill, only lethal force will stop it. Dan was a very experienced hunter and outdoorsman who probably read the same BS that bear spray USUALLY works and now he is dead because of it. I have witnessed two brown bears fight to the death of one of them. There was no stopping by either of them. The winner ate and laid on top of the loser for three days before moving on. When they make up their mind to kill, give me a firearm every time.
 
I like the 4"ish Redhawks also, particularly in 45 Colt. The 475 Linebaugh and 480 Ruger are 2 other favorite cartridges.
Possibly my most favorite single action is a Freedom Arms 4-3/4" 475 Linebaugh.
The 4-5/8" Ruger Bisley in 480 Ruger also fits well for me as a companion revolver.
Why not run a .475 reamer into that .480 cylinder? But if you already have the Freedom Arms, why bother?
 
Really? John Linebaugh built them on Super Blackhawks for years, I was under the impression that's the gun he developed it on. Guess I should google a little.
Ditto; I understood it was developed for the Bisley; I'll stand corrected ...
 
I have not pondered the cylinder lengths in a long time. But, I think the custom 475 Linebaugh cylinders are a bit longer than the factory Super Blackhawk cylinders.

One complaint that some have about the Freedom Arms 475 is cylinder length.
You will see some 475 handgun bullets designated for Freedom Arms revolvers. These have a shorter nose projection.

As to the Super Blackhawk Bisley, I think it is nearly ideal in the 480 Ruger. The 475 Linebaugh full throttle loads are definitely more. But, the full house 480 Ruger is not a weakling.
Now, I love the 475 Linebaugh also. I have 3 of them. I have no intention of getting rid of them. The Linebaugh has the advantage of firing 480 Rugers if you desire, or loaded to 480 levels.

I think the 480 with heavier loads is plenty for my circumstances. But, the 475 Linebaugh with full house heavy loads is a blast to shoot also. If the 480 Ruger had been developed before the Linebaugh, I probably would have stopped with the 480.
I have the 480 Ruger in various barrel lengths, both single and double actions.
 
Which mag release are you using? Do you have an optic? Which ammunition do you favor?

Shield steel mag release.

Stock iron sight. Not the best eyes, but I can make out a body width at self defense ranges. Keepin' it small and simple.

Sig/Sauer 124 gr. V-Crown JHP.

DB
 
Taurus titanium in 41 or 44 mag. It’s light (comes ported) and will be on your side when bad things happen. They are double action, so it’s simple to shoot and safe to carry.
 
I have a Montana archery elk hunt later this year, so I used that as an excuse to buy a back country side arm. I kept debating on the 44 mag revolver vs. the 10mm auto. I have a couple Ruger Blackhawk 357s, so I have a feel for what shooting a revolver is like. I have several automatics in 380 and 9mm. I was leaning towards a Ruger Redhawk with a 4 inch barrel.

My Montana elk guides all carry Ruger Alaskans in 44 mag. They provide the archery hunters with a can of bear spray. When I hunted in Alaska last year, the guide carried a Glock 20. The assistant guide had a S&W 500, but rarely carried it. Instead he toted a 338 WM rifle. The wrangler had a side arm, but I can't recall what it was. When he tagged along with us on the hunt, he carried a 45-70 rifle.

After much research and discussions, the advice from a friend and shooting instructor help me decide to go the 10mm auto route. My friend told me most people shoot the 10 better than the 44 mag revolver.

Next, I started looking at the Glock 20, S&W M&P and the Springfield XDM. After much back and forth, I went with the Springfield with a 4.5 inch barrel. I liked the idea of the grip safety. I found a deal on GB that included 5 mags and when it arrived, there were actually 6 mags, all 15 rounders.

I purchased 2 boxes of ammo at the local Academy sporting goods and shot the entire 100 rounds quite accurately...........better than my 9mm CC gun. I am quite happy with it.

I went onto AmmoSeek and found a good price for 1000 round case and just received it. Also ordered a Holosun red dot and chest rig holster, using the 15% discount code that Springfield included.
 
I have a Montana archery elk hunt later this year, so I used that as an excuse to buy a back country side arm. I kept debating on the 44 mag revolver vs. the 10mm auto. I have a couple Ruger Blackhawk 357s, so I have a feel for what shooting a revolver is like. I have several automatics in 380 and 9mm. I was leaning towards a Ruger Redhawk with a 4 inch barrel.

My Montana elk guides all carry Ruger Alaskans in 44 mag. They provide the archery hunters with a can of bear spray. When I hunted in Alaska last year, the guide carried a Glock 20. The assistant guide had a S&W 500, but rarely carried it. Instead he toted a 338 WM rifle. The wrangler had a side arm, but I can't recall what it was. When he tagged along with us on the hunt, he carried a 45-70 rifle.

After much research and discussions, the advice from a friend and shooting instructor help me decide to go the 10mm auto route. My friend told me most people shoot the 10 better than the 44 mag revolver.

Next, I started looking at the Glock 20, S&W M&P and the Springfield XDM. After much back and forth, I went with the Springfield with a 4.5 inch barrel. I liked the idea of the grip safety. I found a deal on GB that included 5 mags and when it arrived, there were actually 6 mags, all 15 rounders.

I purchased 2 boxes of ammo at the local Academy sporting goods and shot the entire 100 rounds quite accurately...........better than my 9mm CC gun. I am quite happy with it.

I went onto AmmoSeek and found a good price for 1000 round case and just received it. Also ordered a Holosun red dot and chest rig holster, using the 15% discount code that Springfield included.
You're now shooting a 4.5" gun that probably has excellent harmonics compared to who knows what on the 9mm.
How was brass recovery? One of my 10's clears the atmosphere and the other does well at keeping them on earth.
I think you were very wise to order your own RDS. I have a Glock with the shield and it has poor adjustment to ambient light. Always bloomy.
Chest rig made by whom? Hiking pack strap compatible?
 
You're now shooting a 4.5" gun that probably has excellent harmonics compared to who knows what on the 9mm.
How was brass recovery? One of my 10's clears the atmosphere and the other does well at keeping them on earth.
I think you were very wise to order your own RDS. I have a Glock with the shield and it has poor adjustment to ambient light. Always bloomy.
Chest rig made by whom? Hiking pack strap compatible?

Brass recovery: I recovered 99 out of 100 off of grass/dirt and they indeed fly a pretty good ways (~5-10 yards). I doubt if I'll reload for this, but I told a buddy I'd save some brass and give it to him.

Chest Holster: Diamond D Leather. @Bullthrower338 tested and recommended. The other one I was looking at was the Gunslinger Kenai Chest holster, which is kydex.

I have a OWB holster with extra mag pouch for my H&K USP and the Springfield fits.



 

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Out of curiosity, did you not consider Sig P320 XTEN?
I looked at it, but started leaning towards the Springfield XDM. The Sig has a longer barrel and I thought it was a bit long for carry.

Hickok45 did a good video on the Sig

 

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