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Just got a new cross draw for my Barkeep in .22 mag from Big Creek Leather in Alabama. Just something to take hiking with me out in the sticks locally.

 

I ordered a birdshead back strap assembly and grips. How much does the birdshead help with reducing jacket bulge?

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4 minutes ago, Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619 said:

Taking inspiration from the  thread title...my hiking gun is a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 spl.

I saw a Bulldog in .44 spl at a LGS for pretty inexpensive. How do you like it?

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I like it. I bought it more or less because I liked the idea of a lightweight carry snubbie in a big caliber, and that leads you straight to the Bulldog.

 

Dedicated .44 spls aren't common revolvers anymore, and especially in a light weight. Not sure there are any others in current production. The Bulldog is 19.5 oz unloaded; very light for a 40+ caliber gun.

 

I like to pocket carry a revolver backpacking, for reliability, and lightweight because at my age any weight saved in the mountains is a good thing. Also in the woods I like the large bore gun.

 

When you handle the gun, you know it's not a Smith, but it's well-made, has a good track record, and is quite reasonably priced.

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I have a Roughrider in both Birdshead and regular grip. Just compared them and it will definitely print less.

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I just chopped a Glock 21 grip to match a Glock 30.  Removing that 1.06" helps conceal under a tee shirt.

 

My normal trail gun is a Ruger SP-101.  That rounded grip tucks well and prevents digging in my side.

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One of the first things I did to my Bulldog was grind the edges down on the cylinder latch.  The gun is a faily heavy recoiler and that latch sliced my thumb all the time, so it got "dehorned".

 

Loved that gun, but sold it when I lost my job and had to feed the family.

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11 hours ago, Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619 said:

Taking inspiration from the  thread title...my hiking gun is a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 spl.

That’s one of my bucket list guns. 
 

WH, I like your approach with that pistol. Should serve you well in the woods. 

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My everyday carry no matter where I'm going. S&W 442 in .38 spl +P. It's so easy to carry!

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On 7/30/2021 at 10:18 PM, Whiskey Hicks said:

I saw a Bulldog in .44 spl at a LGS for pretty inexpensive. How do you like it?

I love my charter 44 bulldog....got a speed loader and Altima rosewood grips...very nice little revolver.

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Not a fan of hiking - much prefer riding, but never the less, my favorite going into the woods gun is the Colt SAA, 4.75" in .45 Colt,

carried in a cross draw rig, with some spare rounds in the fanny pack.

 

Edited to add:  My carry round for that is the WInchester Ranger 225 gr JHP.  Shoots to point of aim at 20 yds.

 

 

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An excellent suggestion I heard from another instructor once was to find a bright colored messenger bag and sew a nylon holster inside it. Makes the fact you are carrying a gun invisible. Don't get one in a tacticool color.

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Traipsing through the woods my favorite carry gun is my S&W 327 Night Guard loaded with 8 rounds of .357 Magnum. I used to carry Remington 158 grain JSP ammo but I shot all that up over time. I did try Hornady American Gunner .357 mag with 125 grain hollow points, but from a 2.5” barrel the flame and report were just stupid so I switched back to a 158 grain load. 
Now that I am in Granola Land I am not doing much woods traipsing and just biding my time until Independence Day. 

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Back when I could still go hiking through the woods my favorite companion was a 4 5/8  Inch barrel Ruger SSR in 32 mag. It was the perfect woods walking gun here in Western Pa

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