Bear protection where and what will you be doing, up in Alaska? Montana? Fishing? Backpacking? Hiking?Always imagined I’d go revolver, but starting to reconsider.
Kinda thinking I may go to the dark side.
I get the pros and cons of both.
Whatever you run, you’d be better off doing timed drills. Bear can cover about 15 yards a second.
See how fast you can draw, acquire the target, and get a preferable CNS shot off. That’ll then give you your circumference of mauling/death. If it takes you two seconds, you better hope you don’t bump a bear within 30 yards.
454 CasullI think a large caliber revolver is best. But, the cost and weight penalty and round count made me go with an xDM 10mm with a 5.3” barrel. 17rds of 220gn hard cast. You don’t have to load it full it you want less weight. 14oz (31oz vs 45oz for a Taurus 4” 44 mag) lighter and about a couple hundred less $$$. And I have a dot on it. I’m comfortable with the reliability after a 1500 trouble free rounds through mine of various ammo without a single hiccup.
Just shoot what you have a bunch to make sure it is reliable and to build familiarity.
Have a laser trainer that I picked up cartridges for a couple of handguns and a couple of rifles.Good advice above. Anyone shot on a timer? I’d be interested in what times you are getting. I have not shot my Kenai/G40 with a timer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 2+ seconds draw to first shot.
I shoot USPSA with a Glock and have to stay sharp to get good 1.0 second hits at 10 yards from the holster and that is with a loose competition holster mounted on a rigid belt.