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mike_w
06-21-2010, 9:31 PM
I will do my best to describe the intentions of what i want out of this holster and hopefully some of you more knowledgeable guys can suggest some options

Basically i need a holster to take up to my claim, I spend a lot of time in the creek or crossing
*Main concern: Bears/defense(have been told there are mountain lions but I'm sure I'm not that fast....)
*I Will be in a wetsuit most of the time so how the holster fits
* I am not too worried about quick draw
* And do not plan on caring concealed
*Not leather? there's a good chance it can get wet... I seem to fall a lot:eek:

I am open to suggestions. I "think" a should holster would be the best applications

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated

sirgiles
06-21-2010, 10:25 PM
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Foriegn power
06-21-2010, 10:29 PM
I do not have any experience with shoulder holsters but what the heck are you going to do, wear waders while fishing in the river? My suggestion is having a smaller revolver chambered in whatever .357mag+ carry it in your pocket,to illustrate if you're wearing waders there is usually a pocket right above your chest that is big enough to carry a smaller revolver.

Old4eyes
06-21-2010, 10:50 PM
What length barrel? A vertical oriented shoulder holster will gain a little elevation over a waist mounted holster and will accomodate longer barrels. Horizontally oriented will get it higher, but will limit barrel length.

Check out midwayusa.com Put shoulder harness revolver in the search. Uncle Mikes has both horizontal and vertical types in nylon.

Don't you dare get that 686 scratched up and dirty.
And a 357 is a little light to be packing for Grizzly encounters, but it's better than nothing.

mike_w
06-21-2010, 11:01 PM
I do not have any experience with shoulder holsters but what the heck are you going to do, wear waders while fishing in the river? My suggestion is having a smaller revolver chambered in whatever .357mag+ carry it in your pocket,to illustrate if you're wearing waders there is usually a pocket right above your chest that is big enough to carry a smaller revolver.

Where did you get waders from? i mentioned wet suit and claim, Granted i will wonder a couple miles from camp(camp being many many miles from any town like 37miles to the nearest gas station)

Old4eyes
the 686+ with a 4" barrel
its the most practice piece I have, I cant really carry any long gun because i cross the creek all the time and i think i mentioned i fall a lot lol
(I think its for a piece of mind over anything else)

Spearo
06-21-2010, 11:15 PM
You'll never be able to hike the hill with that gun, Mike. The damn thing is bigger than you. LOL

Here is some ammo I think you should take a look at. Get some heavy loads, that will put the hurt on a beat or lion. 158gr+, preferably 180gr or 200gr.

http://www.dakotaammo.net/CORBON-Hunter/357-Mag-180gr-CORBON-Hunter-BCSP/HT357180BC-20/300/Product

http://www.dakotaammo.net/CORBON-Hunter/357-Mag-200gr-CORBON-Hunter-HC/HT357200HC-20/300/Product

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/index.php?cPath=21_27

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_27&products_id=337

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_27&products_id=378

mike_w
06-21-2010, 11:40 PM
I was also looking at shot shells for 357 i figure if i come across a bear I'm screwed anyway at least i can piss him off or blind him

Spearo
06-21-2010, 11:56 PM
LOL with snake shot you're a goner for sure. It probably won't even break skin.

.357 can take down a black bear. They are not that big, usually hovering around the 100-130lb range. A 180gr or 200gr load will really put the hurt on him. That is a lot of energy for his flesh and organs to absorb.

Old4eyes
06-22-2010, 9:11 PM
You might try Hunter.
It would be in two parts.
1. Buy a Roughstuff Holster: 1210-3 for a 4" SW 686
2. Buy a Roughtstuff Shoulder harness either a 1280-2 or a 1290-2

This gives you the opportunity to have the holster on the belt if you want.

It is a vertical orientation which will have it sitting lower to your waist but the muzzle won't be pointing behind you and while bent over, the gun will be horizontal. If you get a holster that starts out horizontal, when you bend over, it's pointing down to the creek bed.

The holster is seen at:
http://www.huntercompany.com/ruffstuff.html

The shoulder straps (two different models) is at:
http://www.huntercompany.com/shoulder.html

I can't testify to the quality of this setup.
I do have Hunter Holsters (leather) for a couple of revolvers and a Ruger Mk1.

I think they make good simple holsters.

Now, we want you to post pictures of you in your wetsuit and shoulder harness so we can compare them to the pics that sirgiles posted.

Uh, never mind the pics, but do tell us what you end up with, we can always use another data point in our lives.