Caliber for self defense and woods?

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  1. Firearmjunky22

    Firearmjunky22

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    So I'm wondering which caliber I should go for. Honestly, I'm not sure how much I will edc. It just doesn't interest me that much. I live in a very low crime area, not saying I won't take the gun with me if I end up in a high crime, but still at least around here it would be more for self defense at home and a woods gun when I'm out and about. This summer I will be taking trips to the Adirondacks and would like a gun that can handle some things I may encounter there as well as here at home in the milder country. I currently have a g26 gen 4 but am considering getting a g27, g29, or g30s. Now I know 10mm is expensive but since it will be defensive for animals and at home I wont be target shooting much. I like the idea of 9, 40 or 45 as they are easily available around here and cheaper. What would you recommend? I was thinking maybe 40 or 45 because you can get a wide variety of lighter and heavier loads for them. What do you think?
     
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    Get the 10mm. You can buy extra barrels in 40S&W, 357sig and others.
     

  3. nikolaz

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    G29. 10mm is like $0.01-.02/round more expensive than 45 when compared equally (new/brass) for range ammo. You can always shoot 40 out of 10, just clean the barrel if you've been shooting a lot of it.

    Denmark Sirius Sledge Patrol and FBI HRT uses 10mm for 4- and 2-legged predators, respectively.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10mm_Auto#Usage
     
  4. Glock 23 Nutter

    Glock 23 Nutter

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    Hits count.

    Shoot a 10mm/200gr. at an 8" target from 25 yards.

    Then shoot a .40/180 gr..

    Then maybe a .357SIG/147 gr,




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  5. Chordeiles

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    East of the Mississippi .40,.45 acp or 10mm are all fine for woods carry with proper ammo.

    Personally my favorite woods carry pistol is my G21. I can shoot .45 acp, .45 super, .40s&w, 10mm or .40 super through mine with the proper barrel installed.
     
  6. Gun Shark

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    I'm a big fan of .45. Carry one every day, though I also carry a .40 every day.

    Woods carry would be .45.
     
  7. Railsplitter

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    Another woods carry thread?
     
  8. christmas

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    Personally my daily carry is either my 19 or 26 (depending on time of year and where I'm going). But %90 of the time when I'm doing woods stuff, I bring my 1911 or my 21. Where I live a .45 will put down anything on 2 legs or 4.
     
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  9. Railsplitter

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    Let me simplify this if you are likely to meet a large bear carry at least a 10mm, if you are not likely to encounter a large bear carry what ever you pick up.
     
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  10. glide

    glide Just sayin'

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    For the woods/boonies, would go at least with a .357 magnum revolver. For just CCW carry in the city jungle, .45acp is my choice with some Critical Duty or Buffalo Bore ammo in my Glock 30G3. This combo would dispatch many two or four legged varmints around.
     
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  11. christmas

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    it all depends on where you live. A "large" bear in my neck of the woods is 300lbs. The sal I took from my tree stand last year was 240lbs. I lung punched her twice at just over 15 yard with 230gr. Lead ball She went down like a sack of taters....I no longer take naps in my tree stand.
     
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    Three hundred pounds is not a large bear. But a four or five hundred pound brown I would class as big and bad.
     
  13. Italian 9x21

    Italian 9x21 Italian 9X21

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    What about 12 gauge?
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    I'd also throw in .357 Sig as well...

    I live West of the Mississippi. There have been wolves spotted on my street. Where I hike and fish is on the edge of grizzly country.

    I have a Ruger Blackhawk Bisley in .45 Colt with a 5.5" barrel. I handload copies of the infamous Buffalo Bore hard cast 300gr rounds for when I'm way back in the bush. But most of the time I carry a S&W M&P Compact in .40 S&W using an X-grip extender so I have 15 rounds. I just got in a new bullet mold so I can cast my own 180gr hard cast bullets going over 1000fps. I feel confident that 15 rounds of that will stop just about anything I may run into in the deep Idaho woods.

    For you and store bought ammo, the Buffalo Bore loads in .40 S&W, .357 Sig, or .45 acp is plenty.

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  15. quantico

    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    Get a gun you want to shoot and maybe carry. Don't worry about some one in a million deal in the woods. Having a .40 or .45 is more prepared than 99.99 percent of folks out there. Don't worry about a one in a million problem. Have a gun and whatever comes up make it work for you.
     
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    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    Also a 40 dollar large can of bear spray might be better in protection than most any gun.
     
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    harold63 I'm not retired

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    It's because no one ever recommends hand grenades. ;)
     
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    Post #2&3 was the best answer to your question. In my case, I already had a 21 in .45 ACP, so I converted it to 10mm with a KKM Precision barrel and can also shoot .40. The versatility of these pistols allows multiple calibers for your needs with primarily just a barrel and magazine change.
     
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    Unless you happen to draw the short straw today and encounter the one in a million problem.
    Always prepare for the worst case scenario.

    I personally carry a G20 10mm and don't worry about that one in a million.
     
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    Almost always 45acp