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Old 06-29-2020, 09:26 AM   #31
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Or, if you need an excuse to buy another pistol, get a 10mm.
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I am taking the family on a tent camping trip to Colorado, where there is a risk of black bears and mountain lions. For protection against both four and two legged aggressors, would I have a ballistic advantage with a 357Sig or a .45? I知 accurate and comfortable with both my P220 and my P229. I知 thinking that any of my pistols chambered in 9mm won稚 cut it for this one. Thank you for your replies.
have you made the decision?
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Gotta add some pics of critters and predator activity

Here's an adult male spending a day in tree beside our house. These guys aren't aggressive unless there's food to be had, or you're between a sow & cub.



Poor photos of a critter I saw at sunrise in December. Thought this may have been a gray wolf, but US fish & wildlife buddy said coyote because he's holding tail low.





We had an active predator here last winter. Dogs & I found 4 kill sights over a 3-4 month period. One neighbor saw a mtn lion take a mule deer at 2AM just below her deck beside a creek.

Here're some mule deer carcass pics. If you see stuff like this near your campsite or along a trail - Probably should go somewhere else...








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I guess we haven't had a "bear vs. caliber" debate in a few weeks, so here we go again...[IMG class=inlineimg]https://sigtalk.com/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/IMG]
Sure, but what about a zombie corona bear?
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have you made the decision?

Well, sounds like a toss up between the two calibers, so I will go with my P229 in 357Sig, as it has greater capacity.


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None of my pistols will agree to go to colorado... strange.
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None of my pistols will agree to go to colorado... strange.
because of the year 'round SNOWFLAKES that abound?
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I am taking the family on a tent camping trip to Colorado, where there is a risk of black bears and mountain lions. For protection against both four and two legged aggressors, would I have a ballistic advantage with a 357Sig or a .45? I知 accurate and comfortable with both my P220 and my P229. I知 thinking that any of my pistols chambered in 9mm won稚 cut it for this one. Thank you for your replies.
12 gauge slugs. Any pistol would make a bear laugh at you.
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because of the year 'round SNOWFLAKES that abound?
Hadnt thought of that. Pretty sharp pistols.
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4in 44 magnum loaded with solids
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Sure, but what about a zombie corona bear?
Now that's a thread we need start....
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I am taking the family on a tent camping trip to Colorado, where there is a risk of black bears and mountain lions. For protection against both four and two legged aggressors, would I have a ballistic advantage with a 357Sig or a .45? I知 accurate and comfortable with both my P220 and my P229. I知 thinking that any of my pistols chambered in 9mm won稚 cut it for this one. Thank you for your replies.
NIGHT . There are older threads here regarding handguns for Bear Defense - some very good info and one included a 鉄tudy of over 50 documented Bear attacks in which handguns used to defend. What it found was OVERALL handguns were effective over 95% of the time. They also gave the results by 鼎aliber even .22LR was effective 80%, .44mag 100%, the rest were somewhere in between. The STUDY definitely changed my mind, facts were very well presented and hard to argue with.
ANY gun you like, are comfortable with, shoot well, and can carry should work fine. Deterring an attack does Not require killing the Bear - just deterring it.
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Pistol choice

I'd pack either the .357 or acquire a .44 Magnum.
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I just saw a P220 SS Elite 10MM purchased on 12-15-18 with 10 rounds fired, advertised for $1150 on one of the other shooting sites I frequent. Beautiful, and from the pictures not a mark on it. I suggested he join here and advertise it when it's possible for him to post a classified.
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I like and carry a Glock gen4 33. But something in 10mm would definitely be better. Sounds like a new gun is justified.
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