A buddy of mine and I are planning a 100+ mile 3 – 4 day river camping trip. On this trip we will be going into some pretty remote areas. After we put our boats in the river, there are no boat launches for probably 50+ miles. The location is East Texas on the Sabine river.
I would like to bring either a rifle or shotgun for personal protection. Black bears are known to be in the area where we are going, as well as everything from coyotes to wild hogs.
I am more concerned about running into a rabid raccoon, then having problems with a black bear, but you never know.
The options are:
My first choice is the Ruger 10/22. Its lightweight, ammo is easy to carry and the 22 has a low report.
My second choice is either the Mossberg 590 or AK-47.
The mossberg loaded with slugs or buckshot is capable to taking down anything in this part of Texas. I mounted a Surefire light on the Mossberg 590 last night. In a marshy area, having a weapon with a light on it sure could come in handy.
The thing with the AK, its reliable. I dont think I have to worry about the AK getting muddy and not working. At this time I do not have a light mounted on the AK, but I am working on it.
My third choice is the AR-15. The 223 is loud, and I am not sure how the 223 would work on black bear if one where to enter our camp site. I have some parts ordered to mount a light on the AR. It should be ready in plenty of time for the trip.
I am not “that” concerned about black bears, but I think they should be taken into consideration.
If I wanted a weapon with a light, the choices would be either the Mossberg 590 or the AR15.
I thought about bringing a pistol, but some law enforcement people get pissy when you have a pistol.
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