It is supposed to be a .600 that someone custom built. It has become sort of a joke gun that folks recognize here from the pictures. I am not 110% sure that it is real like the .50 cal auto that I hear was just a fake:
Seriously though the best gun to carry is the biggest that you are comfortable shooting and packing. It is hard to fish or work with a 12 ga in hand all of the time so pistols can be better. Near town I carry a concealed pistol just to be polite and past the road system either a buscadero rig or my inherited Marlin .444. I actually have one guide giving me a hard time for not carrying more gun like his .45-70. There aren't many places where a .444 Marlin would be called too light. One of the other guides seems to have something to do with making these .450 Bushmasters which he talks up all of the time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.450_Bushmaster
Even this guide who helped make the .450 bushmaster highly recommended shooting one before buying it. The ballistics look pretty good compared to a .223 but still pretty mediocre compared to my .444 ( I think that it will do the trick too). The biggest downside to the .444 is the outrageous price of ammo. I am glad that I found reloading dies for this one even if I do not shoot it all that often. Living in a rain forest I wish that it was stainless like the Marlin .45-70 guide guns.
I do not own a .41 but I read good things about the round and the .41 seems to have been a popular caliber here about a century ago. The notorious con-man "Soapy Smith" carried one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapy_Smith Apparently these were a relatively hot pre-magnum round though.
Juneau also has one of Wyatt Earp's and Poncho Villa's revolvers on display.
If I had remembered to bring my .41 Magnum I would have pulled it instead. I was just making it known that a bear seeing or smelling human does not mean it will think to itself, "Easy food" and the person having the only two options of killing the bear or being killed.
To add to the endless bear stories here is a recent news item:
Associated Press - May 26, 2010 12:34 PM ET
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Park rangers are asking campers and picnickers to be careful after a bear shredded an empty tent at Chena Lake Recreation Area and later rocked a small RV back and forth while a person was inside.
Borough recreation area manager Matt Steffy says rangers have posted signs at campgrounds, on trails and other areas of the park warning visitors of the bear.
Steffy isn't sure if it was a black bear or a grizzly.
State wildlife biologist Don Young says it was likely a black bear because witnesses saw it climb a tree.
As one of the other guides likes to sign his letters: "I spend a lot of time recommending guns and ammo to my clients based on what they are hunting, I choose my guns based on what's hunting my clients."
"As one of the other guides likes to sign his letters: "I spend a lot of time recommending guns and ammo to my clients based on what they are hunting, I choose my guns based on what's hunting my clients."
I have wanted to go ever since my father in law went and returned with a grizzly, caribou, elk, and lots of trout. But he also spent 96 hours straight in his tent b/c it was storming so hard they couldn't hunt and the plane couldn't land to pick them up.
We have had to close off our parking garage and stairwells at work because of bears moving in several time snow. I just love it when some one from New Jersey insists that we have too many guns in Alaska and they don't think that anyone should be allowed to own guns.
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