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    Trail Gun Choices (and why)

    I know this topic has been brought up a million times on gun forums, but recently I have begun to feel severely underpowered with my 627. I am considering a Tracker .44 mag as my 4-legged defender, and my 627 as my 2-legged one. That being said if you were in the pacific northwest and only had two choices, would you take the 7 shots of .357 mag or the 5 shots of .44 mag as defense for the woods and outdoors?

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    I want to be as logical as possible, so consider the ability to handle a .44 vs the .357 and all that jazz. And truthfully when I'm out romping around I try and bring bear mace as statistics don't lie, and you're far more likely to ward of a large animal attack with that rather than a handgun, but still I want to consider my options.

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    I live in Florida and we worry about snakes and gators, not Big Brown Bears. But I have heard that anything less than a 44mag just makes a big Brownie madder than Heck!

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    Gonna sit this debate out.

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    I agree with asque2000. And bearing that in mind, If it were me it would be a .357. A .44 Mag is a bit heavier to lug on the trail, and there isn't anything (yet) in that neck of the woods that a .357 can't put down after the bear spray pisses the critter off. Seriously if a bear is looking for a fight it will be coming pretty darn fast and you can probably deploy the spray faster than the gun. The spray will (hopefully) stop the charge long enough to get off an aimed shot with the gun.
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    Yessir ! The Tracker was made for this purpose, and I think the 44 magnum Tracker is perfect for this niche.
    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote" - Benjamin Franklin

    When Leonidas was preparing to make his stand, a Persian envoy arrived. The envoy explained to Leonidas the futility of trying to resist the advance of the huge Persian army and demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas told Xerxes "MOLON LABE", or "Come And Get Them."

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    The .44 mag. If you only get one shot off, make it count.

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    Well I didn't want to get into a bear mace vs handgun issue, but rather a 7 shot .357 Tracker vs a 5 shot .44 Tracker, and which would be preferable in an outdoor setting?

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    If you use mace, be sure to also use the bells, and tie your drivers license to it. This helps in identification when they go searching for your remains.
    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote" - Benjamin Franklin

    When Leonidas was preparing to make his stand, a Persian envoy arrived. The envoy explained to Leonidas the futility of trying to resist the advance of the huge Persian army and demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas told Xerxes "MOLON LABE", or "Come And Get Them."

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    Additionally the .357 Tracker and the .44 are basically the same weight empty so I don't know if that influences one's decision

 

 
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