Think you should have put one through it before porting just for the experience. 22 ounce 44Mag? Ouch.I carry both bear spray and a handgun when archery hunting. I figured with wind in my face or rain, the gun would come out. i’ve had two encounters and like Brian in Montana they were different. The first one never saw me and I changed direction. The second was sharing the trail with me going the opposite direction. He never broke stride but skirted around me at 10 yards watching me. It was the gun that came out. I know there are hunters/friends that see them all the time and don’t think much about it but it unnerves me when hunting alone. I like the revolver because of dependability and feel certain if I pull the trigger it will go off. I practice in my yard with 44 specials a bit. 4 1/2 seconds isn’t a lot of time. I wish I trusted the bear spray more.
Here is what I like. 22 ounces. I sent it off to Mag-na-Port before I ever shot it. 44mag with less recoil than a 357 now.
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The tough looking camp-tender cook I met had just returned from a job with an outfitter in Alaska. When he showed the outfitter his big 44 hogleg bear pistol, the outfitter told him, "You'd better file down that front sight ... so's when the bear shoves it up your behind ... it won't hurt so much!" The outfitter then explained that the bear gun of choice for his camp is a short-barreled 12-gauge shotgun, with much greater "accuracy" in a pinch. Depending on circumstances, bear spray first, then the 12-gauge.I also carry a Glock 20 (10MM). Interestingly, it seems that the 10mm Glock is becoming the go to sidearm for more and more Alaskan guides. As for rounds, Underwood 140 gr. xtreme penetrators are also becoming very popular and outperform the heavier, more traditional, dangerous game rounds. These rounds run very hot with a MV of 1500 FPS, which is pretty insane for a 10mm pistol. Look up some videos on the performance, it is really quite something.
Here is one showing the performance through bullet proof glass: