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I'll be camping northern Wyoming-southern Montana this summer and taking my 9mm (P120 Canik, all steel 4.7 barrel). SO! Hot 124 gr or 147? What say you?
 
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Either one...but wear your bear bells...:cool:
 

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Removing the upper from the lower, allows my AR to fit in the saddle bags. :D
 

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Well really a 115, 124, 147 will do the same thing basically as long as you hit the same spot the same number of times.
I guess its really what if any animal that you think you may need to defend yourself against.
I worry a lot more about human animals than any.
well unless I am specifically hunting Moose, bear, boar and then I ain't gonna have no stinkin 9 MM as a back up anyway.
 

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How remote will your camping be? I ask, because if you may interact with Grizzlies, a 9mm will likely not be enough firepower. Have you ever thought of getting a 10mm?
 
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Or one of these:

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Your "out west" motorcycle trip sounds like loads of fun. That 9mm Canik should serve you well.
 

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I have lived "out west" all of my life, you can take my comments for whatever you think they might be worth.

As is so often repeated in discussions about whether a .22 is sufficient personal defense against two-legged predators, "It's better than throwing rocks."

Odds are high that you will not need to use your sidearm during your trip. But, if the odds go against you, your 9mm pistol is better than throwing rocks at any wild predators that may pay undue attention to you. Load it with whatever bullet has the best penetration. Penetration is paramount. Do NOT load it with hollow points. You want the projectile to reach vital organs. Hollow points from a pistol just add to the annoyance of whatever four footed adversary is ill-disposed toward you.

If your account allows, I recommend (minimum) a .357 magnum. The reputation and ability of the .357 mag is well documented.

For what it's worth: There's another saying that I heard many times during the years I lived in Alaska. "Be sure to save the last bullet for yourself." The sourdoughs who said this were not entirely joking.
 

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I'll be camping northern Wyoming-southern Montana this summer and taking my 9mm (P120 Canik, all steel 4.7 barrel). SO! Hot 124 gr or 147? What say you?

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Oh, jeez, now I'm scared to go west of I35. :rolleyes: I've spend many nights in bear country in a tent or on the ground in a sleeping bag. I haven't been eaten, yet.

Bear attacks are REALLY rare. Just don't sleep with your Cheetoes. :D
 

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Oh, cool bike! I once had the 600 version. Have you had it long?

As for the main topic, if 9mm is what you've got, 9mm is what you take. I'd load it with 124 or 147 FMJ with all the momentum you can find. Penetration is what you want, as already noted, and momentum gives you penetration.
 
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Nice Bike! The AR won't fit in those bags. :)

If you sling carry you won't get the straightest route. :D

BTW: I have a buddy who's parents lived in Macks Creek, he married a girl from Chicago. She expected to see Hill Billy's and Indians every time she left Ill-Noise.

The wild life is usually more afraid of you than you are of it. It usually takes a lot of stealth to sneak up on wild animals, unless they are hungry.

Enjoy the trip.

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No one's gonna say, "File off the front sight so that when the bear shoves it......"

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Oh, jeez, now I'm scared to go west of I35. :rolleyes: I've spend many nights in bear country in a tent or on the ground in a sleeping bag. I haven't been eaten, yet.

Bear attacks are REALLY rare. Just don't sleep with your Cheetoes. :D
Again, Don't shoot at a Griz with that 9mm 'cause it will really tick em off.

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