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Posted: 12/24/2008 10:20:52 AM EST
1. Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum
2. Sig P220 45ACP
3. Glock 23 40 S&W
4. Glock 27 40 S&W

The potential dangers that may be encountered will include wild hogs, rattlesnakes, 2 legged critters and potentially a mountain lion (rumored to be in the area).

The easiest to carry is the G27 due to size. But, i have a good belt and good holsters. So, the others aren't that bad to carry and most of our hunting is from stands.

Thoughts?
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 10:33:54 AM EST
Glock 23
-Higher Capacity
-Decent Stopping Power
-Tough and Reliable



Link Posted: 12/24/2008 11:03:09 AM EST
The .357 magnum revolver would be far more useful as a woods gun than a .40 semi auto. Plus, the GP-100 can handle hot loads with heavy solid bullets and the .40 Glock can't, which would be far better against mountain lion than self defense loads out of a .40. Also, you can put a shot cartridge in as the first round for snakes or for camp meat such as grouse and just thumb past it if needed. About the only thing tha would make me take a semi auto as a woods backup gun is if there was a large capacity 10mm autoloader available such as a Glock 20.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 12:19:24 PM EST
A 1911 with a .460 Roland kit fine tuned like a match pistol w/10rd mags. Big cats, bears, no problem. Look it up.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 12:23:19 PM EST
Of those mentioned, the Ruger, please.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 2:24:26 PM EST
G23.

Got lots of experience with it. It's powerful, and high capacity. When I carry one, it's with 15 rnds on board.

probably any of those would serve well though.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 2:43:50 PM EST

P220 hands down, but I hate Glocks.

Link Posted: 12/24/2008 2:47:20 PM EST
G23 with 180gr or 200 gr ammo from double tap ammo.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 3:40:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By M4-Stag:
A 1911 with a .460 Roland kit fine tuned like a match pistol w/10rd mags. Big cats, bears, no problem. Look it up.

Great, a $2500 woods gun, just what the hunting/hiking world has been clamoring for. A $500 Glock 20 holds 16 rounds of 230 grain hardcast solids, doesn't require fine tuning to work right and takes 15 round mags that cost $18. If I need more than that I'll go with a big bore revolver. I can probably buy 2 Ruger 460 revolvers and several hundred rounds of ammo for what that 1911 costs.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 3:47:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By M4-Stag:
A 1911 with a .460 Roland kit fine tuned like a match pistol w/10rd mags. Big cats, bears, no problem. Look it up.


Why would you carry that in the woods? That is not a cheap gun at all! I figure that Ruger wheelgun or a Glock in 10mm would suffice. Cheap and delivers a potent round.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 6:32:14 PM EST
Originally Posted By XMM:
Of those mentioned, the Ruger, please.


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Link Posted: 12/24/2008 6:44:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By machinisttx:
Originally Posted By XMM:
Of those mentioned, the Ruger, please.


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Yup. A 158 lead semi wadcutter doing about 1400 fps will handle most anything you'll run across.

Link Posted: 12/24/2008 6:44:53 PM EST
While not a fan of Rugers, I have to go with the GP100. Load it with 180 grain bullets for penetration on Cougars and you are good to go.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 6:47:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By machinisttx:
Originally Posted By XMM:
Of those mentioned, the Ruger, please.


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Link Posted: 12/24/2008 7:24:30 PM EST
Here you have to have at least a 4" barrel to hunt with it. No use in carrying a backup that you can't use to put bullets in an animal. Your local laws may vary.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 7:55:39 PM EST
I'd opt for 'other'. A good 1911 or G20 in 10mm.

Of your choices, the GP100
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 8:15:13 PM EST
A no brainer-GP100 all the way, and I'm a huge glock fan.

IMHO, the Ruger GP100 w/a 4" barrel is almost the ideal back-up for anything short of the big bears on the north american continent......
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 8:41:59 PM EST
Ruger should be good to go. Close second is P220.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 9:09:18 PM EST
I've carried my P220 hunting, but the last four years my 1911A1 has been my hunting sidearm. It's either my Springfield GI model or my USGI Ithaca.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 9:26:37 PM EST
Pick which ever you shoot best.
If you shoot them all the same pick the easiest to carry.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 9:37:11 PM EST
Ruger, no question.

Though I'd move up to a .44 mag.


Link Posted: 12/24/2008 10:13:35 PM EST
I carry a 5 inch S&W 629
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 12:52:38 AM EST
The Ruger without a doubt.
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 1:05:42 AM EST
The wheel gun - unquestionably.
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 3:27:09 AM EST
Glock 20 10mm
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 5:25:11 AM EST
Glock 20. It'll do it all.
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 6:43:22 AM EST
Originally Posted By zeke013:
Glock 20. It'll do it all.


Won't shoot snake shot. Just one example.



Link Posted: 12/25/2008 7:44:47 AM EST
Originally Posted By NVGdude:
While not a fan of Rugers, I have to go with the GP100. Load it with 180 grain bullets for penetration on Cougars and you are good to go.


He'd be a hell of a lot better served with a hot 125-158 grain JHP or SJHP than with a 180 grain bullet that won't expand(doesn't make any difference if it's jsp or jhp, it still won't expand). Cougars aren't heavy boned and don't require tons of penetration.

Link Posted: 12/25/2008 8:52:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By 3rdpig:
The .357 magnum revolver would be far more useful as a woods gun than a .40 semi auto. Plus, the GP-100 can handle hot loads with heavy solid bullets and the .40 Glock can't, which would be far better against mountain lion than self defense loads out of a .40. Also, you can put a shot cartridge in as the first round for snakes or for camp meat such as grouse and just thumb past it if needed. About the only thing tha would make me take a semi auto as a woods backup gun is if there was a large capacity 10mm autoloader available such as a Glock 20.


Total agreement. I think you are more likely to step on a snake then be attacked by a suspected mountain lion.
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 12:15:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By machinisttx:
Originally Posted By NVGdude:
While not a fan of Rugers, I have to go with the GP100. Load it with 180 grain bullets for penetration on Cougars and you are good to go.


He'd be a hell of a lot better served with a hot 125-158 grain JHP or SJHP than with a 180 grain bullet that won't expand(doesn't make any difference if it's jsp or jhp, it still won't expand). Cougars aren't heavy boned and don't require tons of penetration.



Personally I'd go with Corbon's Barnes X bullet in their .375 loadings.

Link Posted: 12/25/2008 12:51:46 PM EST
"Glock 20 10mm"


Funny, I missed that one on his list.




The Ruger GP100.


My stainless Speed-Six serves that purpose for me.
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 4:02:51 PM EST
Any of them.
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 7:54:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By machinisttx:
Originally Posted By NVGdude:
While not a fan of Rugers, I have to go with the GP100. Load it with 180 grain bullets for penetration on Cougars and you are good to go.


He'd be a hell of a lot better served with a hot 125-158 grain JHP or SJHP than with a 180 grain bullet that won't expand(doesn't make any difference if it's jsp or jhp, it still won't expand). Cougars aren't heavy boned and don't require tons of penetration.



Think so? I usually carry the Dan Wesson in .357 loaded with some 180 grain XTPs in mountain lion country.
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 8:00:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By NVGdude:
Originally Posted By machinisttx:
Originally Posted By NVGdude:
While not a fan of Rugers, I have to go with the GP100. Load it with 180 grain bullets for penetration on Cougars and you are good to go.


He'd be a hell of a lot better served with a hot 125-158 grain JHP or SJHP than with a 180 grain bullet that won't expand(doesn't make any difference if it's jsp or jhp, it still won't expand). Cougars aren't heavy boned and don't require tons of penetration.



Think so? I usually carry the Dan Wesson in .357 loaded with some 180 grain XTPs in mountain lion country.

I have some 180 XTPs that I was given. Loaded them over a max load of 2400 and only got 1050 fps from a 5 inch Model 27. Fired into water, expansion was minimal. I think the bullet is probably better suited for .357 carbines and the Maximum.
Link Posted: 12/26/2008 1:22:08 PM EST
Another vote for the GLOCK 20.
Link Posted: 12/27/2008 3:30:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/27/2008 3:44:26 AM EST by roadrash]
Originally Posted By machinisttx:
Originally Posted By NVGdude:
While not a fan of Rugers, I have to go with the GP100. Load it with 180 grain bullets for penetration on Cougars and you are good to go.


He'd be a hell of a lot better served with a hot 125-158 grain JHP or SJHP than with a 180 grain bullet that won't expand(doesn't make any difference if it's jsp or jhp, it still won't expand). Cougars aren't heavy boned and don't require tons of penetration.



Here are a couple photos of a 180 gr. .357 winchester slug I retrieved from a whitetail buck a few years back.This was fired out of an 8" barrel Colt.

It was a one shot stop

He took a few hops and fell over dead ,shredded his heart at 20 yards!Found the slug while skinning him, just under the hide on the offside.

Wish Winchester still sold this ammo,it was good stuff!

Of the OP choices,I vote 180 gr. hard cast .357 if there are Hogs in the area,But I would prefer a 4" 629.





Link Posted: 12/27/2008 5:38:42 AM EST
.357 firing a heavy SWC bullet at high velocity.
Unless you are in grizzly territory that ought to take care of anything in the woods.
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