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Glock 22 for woods defense?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by ORHunter79, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. ORHunter79

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    So I'm thinking about getting a Glock 22 for home which would double as woods defense since I already own a 27.

    The worst things I have worry about are cougar, wolves and black bear in Oregon. No Brown bear that I know of.

    I have a .357 mag but wouldn't mind wearing a G22 with more rounds.

    I know the G20 is better, but thought the G22 would work for critters around here.

    What do you think, good idea or bad idea?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Teecher45

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    .40 and black bear.
    No way.
    If you feel the need to pack a Glock around bear buy the 20. But I would rather have the .357 myself.
     


  3. glock2740

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    While I prefer a .357 Magnum or a 10mm for my woods guns (4" GP100 and G20), I wouldn't feel under gunned with a 16 rounds of .40, especially with some hot bonded rounds, such as 180gr Gold Dots. I have carried my G23 and G27 in the woods before. No mountain lions (according to Arkansas game and fish, yet they are spotted frequently) and no wolves for sure, but plenty of black bear. Two legged "critters" are most likely gonna be the most dangerous prey that you will face anyway. Besides, the .40 is alot cheaper to shoot and practice with than the .357 Mag and 10mm.
     
  4. Glock40man

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    :agree:
     
  5. WorrGlock

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    Get the 40 but choose your ammo carefully keep in mind what is good for defense against two legged animals may not be ideal for four legged ones.
     
  6. Bruce M

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    I sometimes wonder how guys managed in the woods before the 10mm was invented.
     
  7. tgmr05

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    In the woods, that or the 357 would work. I would prefer a .44 or .45 colt, but the 40 would probably be sufficient. Makes perfect sense to match with the 27, or at least a good excuse...
     
  8. ViennaGambit

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    Strangest thing in the world, isn't it?
     
  9. The Boar Buster

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    I carried/hunted with a G22 for years and I killed many hogs with it, some up to 250 lbs. I used 180 gr jhps. I now carry a 30sf and I use 230 jhps. I dont think a black bear would be any harder to kill than a hog. Yes a 10mm would be better, but the .40 will get the job done. Last year I killed a 210 lb boar with my G26 using 147 gr jhps. It was just a 10 yards shot but it only took one shot. I didnt intend to kill a hog with it it was just with me when i was checking feeders and the hog offered me a shot i couldnt refuse.
     
  10. You could always get a G20. 10mm for woods duty. Load it with hot heavy cast flat nosed bullets.

    Install a .40 barrel and you have a .40 - install a .357 barrel and you have a .357

    I'm pretty sure 10mm mags won't work but I know you can use the .40 S&W mags for the .357 Sig. What a combo!!
     
  11. cowboy1964

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    A .40 downed a black bear during the Ohio wild animal escapade last October. It was a lucky brain shot though. Shot placement is everything.
     
  12. ORHunter79

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  13. dkf

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    The 135gr .40 will not match a .357mag in much of anything but numbers on paper. Carry your .357mag revolver with som hot and heavy hardcasts.
     
  14. DFin

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    I thought the 10mm mags worked well in the G-20 with .40 or .357 SIG barrels? The mags for the G-22 & G-31 are not fat enough to lock into a G-20.
     
  15. bw77

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    A guy I work with shot this hog as it charged him with his G23. Shot him right between the eyes . Even he admits it was a lucky shot. If he would have shot it anywhere else but right between the eyes it probably would have tore his ass up. I would have to say even after seeing this, the 40 is not an ideal woods gun. I would much rather have a .357 or 44 mag, especially in bear country.

    hog.jpg
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  16. PrecisionRifleman

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    G20 all the way. Love my 20SF! With the 6.02 LWD barrel and full power loads (or even the stock barrel) you have a great woods gun. I like carrying the extended barrel in when hunting because of the extra velocty (about 100fps).
     
  17. Apprentice

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    G22 and .40 will be fine for OR. Stick with 180 grain loads, maybe FMJ for the penetration. Precise hits FAST is what you would need. And esp since human predators would still be the greater threat . . .
     
  18. scattershot

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    I just read about that in the latest issue ofmAmerican Handgunner. Sounds like a long night for those boys.