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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #100 on: February 14, 2017, 09:28:59 PM »
300 RUM C.C. or 338 EDGE, 40 M&P SHIELD.
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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #101 on: February 14, 2017, 10:12:15 PM »
.308 bolt action. Don't have a sidearm at the moment, sold to take care of a couple bills.

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #102 on: February 15, 2017, 09:42:02 AM »
There are plenty of aggressive hunter that put 10 miles a day plus on that carry a side arm. I can only tell you my personal experience. 2 time in my life already in the woods hunting. I have had a side arm save my butt. If I had tried to get my rifle off I would have been mauled. Once it was in my pack and once I had the strap across my body while climbing up some steep country. A few pounds of extra weight can be cheap life insurance is all I am saying :tup:


This year my combo of choice was my 6.5 stw and 44mag. A lot of times 300wsm and 357.

Mind sharing what happened?  Did the caliber make the difference between being mauled and walking away, or did simply having something handy that went boom work?

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #103 on: February 18, 2017, 08:42:30 PM »
7mm-08 and bear spray.  I carry a 9mm Beretta Nano everyday everywhere, except when carrying a bigger gun ;).  I would 100 times rather spray a bear than wound one with my 9mm anyway...

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #104 on: February 18, 2017, 08:46:18 PM »
This year....308 and 460.  :chuckle:
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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #105 on: February 18, 2017, 09:04:37 PM »
.308 and .357 Sig unless I'm in shorts.  Then it's a 9mm
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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #106 on: February 18, 2017, 09:12:05 PM »
300 WSM/no handgun.
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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #107 on: February 20, 2017, 06:23:59 PM »
Old Ruger M77 in 270 Winchester, and a double stack Para-Ordnance 14.45, in Stainless of course.

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #108 on: February 20, 2017, 07:31:50 PM »
There are plenty of aggressive hunter that put 10 miles a day plus on that carry a side arm. I can only tell you my personal experience. 2 time in my life already in the woods hunting. I have had a side arm save my butt. If I had tried to get my rifle off I would have been mauled. Once it was in my pack and once I had the strap across my body while climbing up some steep country. A few pounds of extra weight can be cheap life insurance is all I am saying :tup:


This year my combo of choice was my 6.5 stw and 44mag. A lot of times 300wsm and 357.

Mind sharing what happened?  Did the caliber make the difference between being mauled and walking away, or did simply having something handy that went boom work?

Caliber of handgun not so much. Just having it saved me. Being able to get something up super fast made the difference. Both times.

Once was a sow with cubs I came up on. She didn't even blink and came for me. I surprised her and my natural instincts/training pulled the gun. I don't even remember grabbing for it. I fired a shot and she did a 180 and left. I was surprised she didn't have to be killed, she was committed until the gun shot.  If I had not had a handgun or tried to get my rifle off cross body as I was in steep stuff. I would have not had enough time and been mauled.

The other time was following a boar hog that had been wounded by a client. Rifle was in my pack and went to look for first blood. I went trough the first patch of oak scrub like a idiot, didn't look first and had my eyes on the ground looking for blood where it had been hit. To my surprise I hear a crash, pulled my gun as I knew what was coming. Put 2 out of 3, 44 mags in him before he got to me. He died 7 steps from me. My first shot missed his head and broke his stride with a chest  strike, 2nd was head and put him down and 3rd was a wiff as he was going down. He would have tired to kill me is he had got on me. No time to get my long gun out of my pack.

I have been chased several times by hogs. Me and hogs don't get long and Russian are very vindictive pigs.
About 4 months after that my buddy that owns the operation got smashed and mauled my a big boar. His handgun saved his life while he was getting mauled. He got smashed before he saw the pig.
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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #109 on: February 20, 2017, 08:40:06 PM »
30-06
And two Bond Derringers in shoulder holsters. 45/.410.

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #110 on: February 20, 2017, 08:54:33 PM »
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22 LR and 22 LR
:yeah: :yeah: :yeah:

And if that doesn't do it, then a round from a PMR30 will.

Then again, one has to abide by the laws (or so it seems). So, a little more lead might be required depending on state regs. Cutting a critter in half from a half mile away or more is not my style and I don't consider it humane. I also don't consider unlawful wolf introduction humane either.

I prefer a sharp stick though.

It's shot placement that counts in most cases.
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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #111 on: February 24, 2017, 08:42:37 PM »
.270 win and only carry .357 during archery/muzzle seasons

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #112 on: March 10, 2017, 05:15:55 PM »
Just switched over to a 300WSM and when I do carry a side arm I like to have my Ruger single six in .22lr for grouse

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #113 on: March 10, 2017, 08:53:21 PM »
I have 2 guns... 9mm m&p shield and .308win savage 11 DOA hunter...
So I guess I'll go with .308 win and 9mm  :)  :twocents:
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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #114 on: March 10, 2017, 08:59:41 PM »
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22 LR and 22 LR
:yeah: :yeah: :yeah:

And if that doesn't do it, then a round from a PMR30 will.

Then again, one has to abide by the laws (or so it seems). So, a little more lead might be required depending on state regs. Cutting a critter in half from a half mile away or more is not my style and I don't consider it humane. I also don't consider unlawful wolf introduction humane either.

I prefer a sharp stick though.

It's shot placement that counts in most cases.
I've been wanting to pick up one of those Kel Tecs. You can sure go through a lot of 22 mag at the range with one of those.

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #115 on: March 11, 2017, 09:11:10 AM »
257 Roberts/22 mag

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #116 on: March 11, 2017, 09:43:58 AM »
Rifle:.300 win Mag
Sidearm: ...
Shoulder holster; depending on the season I carry the 50AE Desert Eagle  or the .45/70 BFR
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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #117 on: March 11, 2017, 10:32:51 AM »
300 SAUM (or my PSE Vengence) and 41 Mag. 338 Lapua is to heavy and my 45 is to pretty.

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #118 on: March 30, 2017, 10:52:06 PM »
Soon to be 300RUM if I chose 1 gun for hunting. Side arm while hunting 500S&W in a chest holster, in town 40M&P
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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #119 on: March 30, 2017, 10:58:50 PM »
If I draw second deer this year it will become the 45 Colt in my 1894 Cowboy.

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #120 on: April 10, 2017, 11:11:57 PM »
I never used to feel the need to carry a side arm until three years ago after a Deer hunt in Idaho. Helped my partner pack out his Deer and from the time we headed down the trail until we got to the truck we both felt like we were being followed. After we got unloaded and settled down on the tailgate for a much deserved beverage we heard a howl that we figured was only about 100 yards back up the trail we just came down. Now let me say this earlier that same year I went to Central B.C. and hunted Moose and watched a pack of Wolves take a very large Bull Moose down. I now carry a 10mm on my hip no matter if I have my 308 or my 300 WM with me. The side arm choice was what our guide in Canada carried. My wife now carries a 40 when she deer hunts with me.   

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #121 on: April 11, 2017, 09:49:37 AM »
I just bought some 9mm +p 147g HCFN ammo to carry.  Debating whether to carry the setup in .45ACP.  Probably carry bear spray too at some point.

i just don't want to buy and carry a wheel gun, though I realize less than .357 seems to be ineffective against bears. 

Though I think an autoloader caliber might be effective against cougars or wolves.

Plus there's something to say about a loud boom against either of the three animals, in terms of stopping them.

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #122 on: September 01, 2017, 12:39:57 PM »
30-06. I am from PA. If I were buying now(I am 68) I would look to a mag. My pistol is a .480 ruger super redhawk 9" w/ burris 2 to 7. My son has the .454 casull version. When you pull the trigger you think you were kicked by a mule.

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #123 on: September 01, 2017, 01:10:48 PM »
270 win and a 40 during archery season

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Re: Favorite hunting rifle caliber and sidearm caliber.
« Reply #124 on: September 03, 2017, 09:24:11 PM »
300wby for all  and my 357mag never leaves my side

 

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