posted on Jun, 17 2006 @ 04:22 AM
Hey all, thanks for the suggestions. I don't have a wife/girl/kids and i may do the trip solo, because nobody i know would be able to handle it,
physically or mentally. I haven't been hiking lately because summer sucks, but i'll have no problem making 20-30 miles a day on foot at
7000-9000' altitudes. Cold don't bother me, unless it's about 10deg F or below, i'm rockin' a t shirt, i'm built for the arctic. I don't
plan on hunting bear, but if i need to stop one, i want it dropped. Mostly i've done all my hunting by hand (deer, boar, gator) and tons of
capture/handling on all sorts of critters, almost all the big cats, crocs, cobras, brown bear, primates, (i was resident primatologist at an animal
sanctuary for a while) so i'[m pretty familair with wildlife, live and dead. I've got no problem field dressing game, back at the sanctuary i used
to dress roadkill deer that highway patrol brought me for the cats to eat, as well as put-down horses and cows shot and removed from the highway. In
between that i'd dress out big boar every big holiday weekend for the smoker. My only problem becomes running down and tackling an elk or having
to fistfight an angry grizzly the size of a honda, should said bear want to brawl.
After i posted i thought about the cold weather air pistol situation, and i'm reconsidering a .22 revolver. I used to have a Crossman Marksman .22
pump pistol that i used for taking dove and other small bite sized critters. I was good with it, without a scope, and it lasted me until i handed it
down to someone who could use it when i moved. I miss it, and want another. I'm pretty comfortable with a single action and quick out the
leather, either crossdraw, or from the hip. I used to do re-enactments, I played the part of Ike Clanton at the OK Corral for a while, so i got
pretty good at coming off the hip with a .45 then switched to crossdraw because our stage setup worked better when i was crossdrawing right handed
from stage left. I got pretty good aim, my blank plugs would always land dead center between the Earp Bros from wherever i ended up firing from, and
i never shot anybody during that time, which is a better record than most i worked with.
My friend has a Colt Lightning lever action 44/40 which i've used in the show before , and i like the feel of it, and i'd use it sometimes in place
of the double barrel 12ga when shooting Virgil. No matter how ugly the blanks were it always ejected even with shortened and out of rounds casings
that we sometimes had to use.
Thing is, i just haven't got to fire much of anything off the shoulder besides 44/40, 45, and 12ga outside of handguns. I don't mind if it's got
some kick, i can handle it.
I'm still checking out all the links and suggestions from above, i'll probably be ack with a few more q's after i go through it all. Thanks for
all the help guys!