I hike, and hunt in mountain lion country, and have always carried a .38 special (4" barrel) with +P 158 grain solid points for protection. Mind you I have never seen a cat to date, but it's the only handgun I have. Is it enough gun for a last resort event, or should I upgrade to a magnum class handgun? Really can't see the expense for such a small chance encounter. Redlance
The 38 special with +P will work fine, If I do carry thats the load I use in my 357 Mag . I have a friend that used to use his 22mag for treed lions . I have seen cats at least a half dozen times while in the woods and was even stalked one time while bow hunting in Utah. That was the last time I went bowhunting without a handgun in lion country .
At the risk of sounding dorky, I'd advise strongly on Grizzly Bear type pepper spray, it's way more effective in a real emergency. Those cats area alot faster and stronger (and stealthier) than you think and I certainly would not have a chance against one with any gun with any ammo, you'd be long since dead by the time you get out a gun and aim and squeeze. With pepper spray, you just gotta push the button while the cats anywheres near ya' and you've succesfully deterred an attack. By the way, I'm on my way to becoming a wildlife biologist and there's good reason why you never seen a lion. They don't see people as food and pretty much just stay away, unless you're in a situation where human development has encroached on their habitat, you might hear about a human/cat encounter, nonetheless, lion attacks are far less common than lightning strikes or airplane crashes. You've got a way better chance of getting in a fatal car accident (maybe with a deer, ha, ha) than getting to even see a lion. But to answer your original question, I'd say that +P's are enough to stop him, he'll find better prey than a guy with a gun... People, however do make a poor excuse for prey, as our senses don't begin to compare with wildlife's senses.
Your +P loads should work fine. You are wise to always carry a handgun with you. When I lived in Alaska the .44 mag was popular. Some bush pilots would not take you out into the bush if you did not have at least a .357 with you. That being said my favorite is the .41 mag. It packs a good puch and the recoil is relatively easy to manage. Remember one thing a hand gun is a last ditch DEFENSIVE weapon. The best defensive weapon sets between your ears. Avoid cornering an animal and give them a wide berth when necessary. Always try to give them a way out.
To paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt. Walk softly and carry a big stick (handgun at least).
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