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Old 03-20-2018, 01:56 PM
Francis Daignault Francis Daignault is online now
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Default Re: Fishing Knives???

Smoky Mountain Knife Works (SMKWcom) has a beautiful collection of knives in their catalog. There is a lot of junk but if you are going to forget them on the ground , like I do, no matter. You can ask for their catalog or peruse their site.
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:23 PM
JoeG@Breezy JoeG@Breezy is offline
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Originally Posted by Francis Daignault View Post
If you ever legally carry a gun in the woods, you will never feel right without it. When our son was stationed in Kodiak, they never fished without a .357 Mag. The bears would see you catching a salmon and try to take it from you. Phuck that!
I would think that 357 was undergunning it. While Polar Bears are considered the overall largest bear species on average, most of the biggest bears ever encountered or killed were Kodiak bears. There was a stuffed version in the Museum of Natural History in NY when I was a kid. I believe it was 14 or 15 feet tall standing up and estimated at over 1,400 #. We need a bigger cannon.
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Old 03-23-2018, 12:27 PM
Francis Daignault Francis Daignault is online now
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Great post, Joe! Peterson's Hunting just had an article this month of suitable side-arms for bear. Thing is you can't fish with a cannon because they are too cumbersome. People don't like using a pistol much larger than a .357. I shoot a .38 Special for protection and believe me, they kick like a mule. They hurt your hand. Of course, like with hunting, when in a dire situation, you don't feel anything. BTW, I know a lot of 12 Ga slug hunters, highly recommended for bears by the way, who never feel a thing when shooting a 12 ga slug at game. But on the rifle range checking out the zero on the scope, nobody wants to shoot. My wife refuses to shoot hers yet kills deer all the time in the field with it. She, like me, doesn't feel a thing.

A further digression from fishing knives is the 50 Cal muzzleloader. It booms, smokes, yet doesn't kick at all. What a freakin hole it makes in the deer!
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