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Old 02-12-2018, 12:17 PM   #1
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Been looking at things for my Wyoming Elk hunt and I will be carrying a back up sidearm in addition to bear spray as we will be in Grizz country. Since we will be spending alot of time on horseback I'm not sure how a belt holster will work along with my pack. I have been looking at some of the chest holsters and chest packs such as the Alaskan Wilderness and Hill People Gear. I dont want my holster attached to my pack as its often we dump packs to move faster if needed. Only issue I'm coming up with on the chest holster is it interfering with my binos.

My current solution would be if I got the Hill People Gear pack then I could attached a Molle bino case to the outside.

https://www.hillpeoplegear.com/Produ.../1/ProductID/5

http://www.cabelas.com/product/MAN-G...7.uts?slotId=2



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Old 02-12-2018, 12:29 PM   #2
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Is a thigh holster out of the question given the time on horseback?
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:29 PM   #3
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The Chesty Suspension System from Simply Rugged Holsters is pretty nice.

https://www.simplyrugged.com/ecommer...160&parent=672
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:30 PM   #4
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I'd look at a thigh holster or a shoulder holster.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:52 PM   #5
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Prior to you mentioning the Hill People Gear I would have went another way with my suggestion.

Needless to say the HPG gets my vote. I have one and run through my neighborhood with it and my G19. I have worn it backpacking (read: during field training exercises ) and it is one of my favorite pieces of kit that I own. Worth the coin and very well made.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:58 PM   #6
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I went with a kenai. Zero regrets using it with my .460
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:05 PM   #7
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I went with a kenai. Zero regrets using it with my .460
Yeah I like the Kenai, but dang...150.00! That is what drove me away. I like their concept, but other options provide element protection as well as storage for other items such as bullets, cell phone, tags, etc.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:45 PM   #8
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What handgun will you be carrying?
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:06 PM   #9
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Heard good things about Hill People. Those of you mentioning a thigh holster. Are you talking about a drop leg? Those things suck horribly. Especially given the OP's need to potentially move around quickly.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:28 PM   #10
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Have never seen a bad review for the Kenai from Gunfighters Inc

You'll be wearing it all day so better make sure it's as comfortable as your underwear
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:44 PM   #11
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Kenai.....worth every penny!
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:53 PM   #12
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Yeah I like the Kenai, but dang...150.00! That is what drove me away. I like their concept, but other options provide element protection as well as storage for other items such as bullets, cell phone, tags, etc.
I'm assuming you'll be wearing a pistol or revolver for protection from bears ? Is your hide worth $150 ?
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:05 PM   #13
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Yeah I like the Kenai, but dang...150.00! That is what drove me away. I like their concept, but other options provide element protection as well as storage for other items such as bullets, cell phone, tags, etc.
I purchase a bullet loop for it and it holds an additional 6 rounds. My revolver only holds 5, so that is another full cylinder plus one. If Iím still in trouble after all of that with a 460 then I give up.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:17 PM   #14
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Have never seen a bad review for the Kenai from Gunfighters Inc

You'll be wearing it all day so better make sure it's as comfortable as your underwear


I have the Kenai and it is great.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:49 PM   #15
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I purchase a bullet loop for it and it holds an additional 6 rounds. My revolver only holds 5, so that is another full cylinder plus one. If Iím still in trouble after all of that with a 460 then I give up.


Man there was just a case where some guys had to shoot a sow griz like 7 times with a .300 win mag to stop it. Better pack another full cylinder haha.


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Old 02-13-2018, 12:14 PM   #16
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I'm assuming you'll be wearing a pistol or revolver for protection from bears ? Is your hide worth $150 ?
Not really an argument there, when there are a plethora of other chest holsters that IMO have more to offer than the Kenai and are less than 150.00.
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:16 PM   #17
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What handgun will you be carrying?
Well my original plan was going to be a G29 or G20 in 10mm, but I have recently came across some good deals on a Ruger GP100 and a Dan Wesson, both 6" revolvers in .357 mag. Since I already have supplies to reload for the 357 I can build a load that produces more energy than the 10mm. So I may go that route.
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:59 PM   #18
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Well my original plan was going to be a G29 or G20 in 10mm, but I have recently came across some good deals on a Ruger GP100 and a Dan Wesson, both 6" revolvers in .357 mag. Since I already have supplies to reload for the 357 I can build a load that produces more energy than the 10mm. So I may go that route.
With a 6" I might go with a chest rig, but my 4" I am very comfortable with a quality high riding leather holster in the pickup or sitting. I have shot big pigs with both a 10mm and 357 with heavy hand loads and while it does the job I don't think I would be comfortable with it against a bear. If it is what you are comfortable with then by all means use it, it is better than nothing. I have recently worked up a load in my 4" 629 with a 310 WFN at about 1200 fps that is a real hammer. I had a GP 100 once that had a tight forcing cone and didn't like cast bullets, every time I shot it lead peeled off the bullets and hit you in face. I might of had a bad one but you might check into it if you go that route.

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Old 02-13-2018, 03:09 PM   #19
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With a 6" I might go with a chest rig, but my 4" I am very comfortable with a quality high riding leather holster in the pickup or sitting. I have shot big pigs with both a 10mm and 357 with heavy hand loads and while it does the job I don't think I would be comfortable with it against a bear. If it is what you are comfortable with then by all means use it, it is better than nothing. I have recently worked up a load in my 4" 629 with a 310 WFN at about 1200 fps that is a real hammer. I had a GP 100 once that had a tight forcing cone and didn't like cast bullets, every time I shot it lead peeled off the bullets and hit you in face. I might of had a bad one but you might check into it if you go that route.
I know that the 357 or 10mm is not the perfect round. But I will be with 3 other guys that each will have either a 44 or a 500 S&W. I simply don't want to be the guy that has nothing at all for backup. I will mainly use the 357 as a hunting round here at home chasing pigs and such. If I were a full time guide in bear country I would be looking into a much larger round. Bear spray will be the primary deterrent.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:23 PM   #20
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I've got a desantis yukon rig I wear when checking hog traps and shredding around our place. It wasn't expensive and holds my 10mm 1911 and an extra mag real well. Might check it out.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:35 PM   #21
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I know that the 357 or 10mm is not the perfect round. But I will be with 3 other guys that each will have either a 44 or a 500 S&W. I simply don't want to be the guy that has nothing at all for backup. I will mainly use the 357 as a hunting round here at home chasing pigs and such. If I were a full time guide in bear country I would be looking into a much larger round. Bear spray will be the primary deterrent.
Heck, make them carry you back up and your rifle/bow too. :-)
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:41 PM   #22
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Heck, make them carry you back up and your rifle/bow too. :-)
HAHAHA, don't tempt me....lol
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:20 PM   #23
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I know that the 357 or 10mm is not the perfect round. But I will be with 3 other guys that each will have either a 44 or a 500 S&W. I simply don't want to be the guy that has nothing at all for backup. I will mainly use the 357 as a hunting round here at home chasing pigs and such. If I were a full time guide in bear country I would be looking into a much larger round. Bear spray will be the primary deterrent.
I'd have a foot race to determine the slowest runners then just make sure you are ahead of them. Not carrying a sidearm might be the edge you needed
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:39 PM   #24
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If it makes you happy and you can shoot it good then be confident in what you have. If you want a do all concealed carry weapon the go for the 29. The 200 WFN cast are plenty stout
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