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.40 ammo for wilderness defense

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Ryan WA, May 11, 2013.

  1. Yankee2718


    Nov 23, 2010
    Have you guys ever used OC spray in real life, or been sprayed by it? If not, it sucks and will get on you when you spray it at a bear. I don't recommend OC spray for anyone who hasn't been formally trained in it's use.

    Make lots of noise, make yourself big, then if that doesn't work: Plan C- pew pew pew, pew pew pew 'Merica pew pew pew, pew pew pew
  2. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

    May 15, 2011
    Your comment about 'cologne' goes against the advice generally given up here. Deodorants, cologne and such seem to be an attractant for bears here.

  3. man.cave


    Mar 6, 2012
  4. plp


    Feb 11, 2013
    Redneck Riveria
    I've deterred a black bear (all we see around here and never one over 200lbs.) with just yelling 'SCAT!!' while waving my arms, and he did. I understand the ones that are not afraid of humans will run off, then circle back a few minutes later in pursuit (usually garbage) of whatever attracted them in the first place. They seem to have very short memories

    Hogs are the big problem here, had to shoot a sow that probably went 200 or better because I accidentally ended up between her and her piglets. One shot with a .380 at less than 10' to the head and she was done. She was probably 300' away when she began her charge, amazing how fast they can move.
  5. xsam138


    Oct 22, 2009
    I live in Seattle area (Puyallup). I hike and camp in the foothills of MT. Rainer, outside of Greenwater/Enumclaw, and have for the past 15 years.

    I carry a Glock 22, and so dies my camping buddy. I can tell you straight up, MAN is your threat. We have had a few nasty encounters with people, and never a nasty encounter with a black bear. I have seen them, but they really just go on there way.

    we both carry.

    Glock 22's

    1st 3 rounds out of the gun are Doubletaps WFNGC 200 Grain. The rest are 180 grain Federal HST's .. My spare mags are loaded the the same, 3 Hardcast and 12 180 grain HST's.

    Its more for our own piece of mind. Ive seen elk, deer, and a TON of drunks. I have stumbled upon meth setups. anywhere there is a dirt road leading to nowhere, expect the 2 legged threat.

    when we grow up and get rich, we will carry Glock 20's !!
  6. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
    Be careful with BB .40 +P. I didn't read the fine print and had a case rupture using that load in a 1911 with incomplete chamber support.
  7. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon

    Bear spray also works quite well on people

    ........without all the tedious paperwork and legal issues of shooting them!
  8. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Spray is nice, but it is kind of difficult to make sure the wind is blowing the right direct if you are the victim of a sudden attack and if it works good on THEM, the wind can make it work well on YOU.
  9. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
    Yes it can. Do NOT ask me how I know.
  10. mingaa


    Dec 3, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Yep. If I was carrying .40 in the woods I'd have a full size gun with me -22 or, better yet a 35.
  11. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    The G27 is no slouch, it's very concealable yet still packs a good punch. I've chrono tested 180gr at 1125 fps from mine so that's not bad at all. Sure it's no long gun, but for the size it packs a punch. 200gr is a great option too, and here's a good choice from Buffalo Bore:

    I would opt for hardcast, I'm sure DoubleTap still offers their 200gr WFNGC hardcast, which would be an even better option since that's one fine bullet.

    A 200gr hardcast around 1000 fps is going to penetrate well. Oh yeah, pack some bear spray, can't fathom having a bear thread without mentioning that.
  12. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    Awesome velocity for such a short-barreled Glock.
  13. xsam138


    Oct 22, 2009

    A gun in the woods does not always need to be fired to deter the 2 legged threat. In my NW woods experience, just having it on my hip has swayed a couple threats from escalating. I do not think paperwork would deter me from defending my life in a situation where I am legally justified using lethal force. :frown:

    I have choked, ate, inhaled enough CS gas in my life to realize it is not as effective as one wants to believe .. specially if you have deployed and used it. I know what's coming. BIGGEST can I ate: I got a can of CS gas dropped on me fighting out of a foxhole at a 3 way intersection, I ate that stuff straight up. They tossed it into my hole my while driving right next to my position. I threw the can out of the hole, climbed out, and returned fire at the fleeing vehicle just fine. .. minus the puke.
    Last edited: May 15, 2013
  14. 637Kevin


    Mar 29, 2008
  15. Ak.Hiker


    Feb 8, 2005
    Homer Alaska
    Carry your Glock since that is what you have. I would load 2 or 3 loads like the 180 grain bonded PDX 1 up first followed by either a 200 grain hardcast or flat point FMJ in the rest of the magazine. Cover the 2 and 4 legged threats. Then start saving up for a 4 inch 44 magnum revolver. Every outdoorsman should own one.
  16. SDDL-UP


    Dec 4, 2006
    I routinely carry a H&K USP-40 when backpacking. I mostly carry 180gr. hollow points or sometimes 180gr. FMJ's. It's nice to see some purpose built ammo for this situation. I've honestly never loaded 200gr. bullets in the 40 - always figuring 180grs. was going to give me better perfomance.

    The 40 is better than nothing for sure! I don't yet own a 44 Magnum and really wouldn'
    t want to carry anything larger anyway. I like being able to carry something I normally carry and shoot.