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My first post.

Wondering where to purchase a chest holster for a S&W .44 Magnum mountain gun...?

Not sure about carrying a handgun in the field, but it seems as though a lot of experienced folks opt to carry them in a holster under the coat and out of the weather.

Any ideas or advice appreciated.
 

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One important Question, where do you life? There is lots of places in Anchorage, not so many in Fairbanks.
 

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I live in Indiana...been a metro police officer for a tad over 33 years.

Wife and I like to go camping and hiking in mountain areas of the lower 48, and we'd very much like to do the same in Alaska sometime soon. We read a lot about the dangers of bear and moose and I keep a 12-gauge Ithaca with Brenneke magnum slugs in the vehicle or camper, and I have a 4-inch .44 Smith.

Not a hunter and have no pretensions of being backcountry-savvy...we just like it out there. I make it a point to check with local rangers and local cops on the "old-buddy" network, and we stay out when it's suggested that we stay out because of dry seasons and poor berry crops, etc.

I've been reading as much as I can here, researching the archives as best I can, too. Grateful for a source of info from folks who really know.
 

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Mistakenly thought that you lived in Alaska. I carry a Tarus Raging Bull in .454 Casull. Heavy gun, lots of weight. I use a Michals shoulder holster. One that hooks to the belt on the opposite side to help keep the weight centered, and the harness from sagging. Works well. Not in a hurry to try it out on Grizzlies thou.
 

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Check out El Paso Saddlery. I just ordered a 1942 tanker model for my Dan Wesson 44 mag. Pistol Packaging also makes a good looking shoulder rig. These are both high quality leather rigs that run around a hundred bucks. Bianchi also makes a nylon shoulder rig similar to the Michaels, and priced about half what the leather ones are.
 

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I would HIGHLY recomend the chest holster from survival sheath systems. I have one for my 4" 629 and know that he also makes one for the moutain gun. It is a molded kydex holster. I have one and carry it all the time while fishing/hiking/hunting here in alaska. The beauty of the chest holster is that it sits above the waiders and out of the way of pack frame straps. You can wear it all day with no problem. As a nice side bonus when wearing a sweatshirt over it you can't even tell I"m carrying it. Below is my 629 in my chest holster. The fit is perfect and either butt up or butt down choices. I got the but down but the but up would work just as well, its just easier to draw from underneath a sweatshirt if you get the butt down.


http://www.survivalsheath.com/holsters/chest.htm
 

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Better and better....Thanks!

This is stretching the topic a trifle...but I couldn't get enough info using the "search" function. I noticed that JJHACK recommended using 240-grain .44 magnum jhp's for black bear, and recommended saving the 300+ grain solids for emergency use on browns or moose. My question is will a Smith mountain gun handle the really heavy loads well enough? It's forte is being lighter-to-pack, I suppose...though it controls well-enough for me to pass our tactical course with the 240-grainers.

If it'd be better for me to start another thread for this question, let me know.
 

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One year ago this month, my neighbor shot a Black Bear, using a 240gr jacketed soft point, with his Ruger .44 Redhawk. Shot the bear center of the shoulder at 15 yards, from a tree stand. There is a bank behind the tree stand, putting the bear at the same level as we were. Thought sure we had a dead bear. Bear squalled and rolled around for a minute then beelined out of there for about 100 yards. We could hear and see it, throwing a fit for the next 30 minutes of so. Then the bear disappeared, before I could get a good shot at it with my rifle. About two hours later the bear was shot by the fellows in our other tree stand half a mile away. Bear was coming in for bait. The bullet from the pistol had punched a hole in the shoulder blade, broke a rib, then deflected up and lodged above the lungs, and below the spine. This shot would not have killed this bear.

Then again last month a man in Anchorage shot and killed a Grizzly while hiking on a bike path. This man shot the bear with a Ruger .44 mag. Did not say what bullet he was using. Personally I would use the heaviest bullet I could shoot accurately, any time I went after bear.
 

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Clear on the heaviest load I can handle. Hopefully it'll just be a prudent safety measure...I sure as heck ain't going "after" bear. Not with a handgun anyway.

Thanks everyone for your help. If I can do a kindness for you, let me know.
 

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Alaska Sportsman Holster

I saw some black nylon chest holsters in a display at Mountain View Sports on Old Seward Highway. Didn't have time to check them out thoroughly but they looked pretty well made of black nylon. I think they are made in Wasilla, AK. The labels included the following web site. I tried to checked it but couldn't get it to come up. But here it is. I did a Google search and found another reference to a Don Collins made holster from the Wasilla area don't know if its the same. :

[/url][email protected] There was quite a variety of size...ports - one might try Google to find it. HTH
 

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HOLSTERS

Here is a El Paso 'TANKER' that seems to be serving me well down here in VA. haven't worn it on any visit to ANC, when I visit my son yet. Should work. :) :grin: This one isn't, but you can get them lined, and I would think in any length. Gun is a 624/w/Randall #3-6. :)
 

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Thebear_78, if I get the one with ammo carrier, does it come with a speedloader holder?
 

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Snowman, I just ordered (today) a leather shoulder holster from sportsman guide. It has 10 cartridge loops. You can get them for various guns and cals. Total was $81.95 (this includes shippings). As usual anything I order its on BACK order, wont be shipped till 1 Jan 07. Heres the web site for them
www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=282497


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Snowman, I just ordered (today) a leather shoulder holster from sportsman guide. It has 10 cartridge loops. You can get them for various guns and cals. Total was $81.95 (this includes shippings). As usual anything I order its on BACK order, wont be shipped till 1 Jan 07. Heres the web site for them
www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=282497


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Good luck with Sportsman Guide, I used to order work boots from them but, the boots never hold up? I personally think they are selling seconds, and their shipping costs are going thou the roof, bottom line is they're the same price as competitors? Maybe that's why their advertised price is cheaper?
 

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Thebear_78 , do you have the Chest holster or the single gun rig?
 
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