I am moving to northern idaho in the US and have been looking for an
all around pack gun. There are bears (mostly black and few grizzly),
wolf, mountain lion, coyotes, and possibly strange people (growers,
etc). I had been thinking of getting a wheel gun in 44 mag or larger,
but recently caught wind of the glock G20 in 10mm round. This round is
ballistically similar to .357 mag and in the glock you get 15+1
What do you think?
Glock 31 works for both two and most four legged predators
Both 357 magnums and 44 magnum revolvers can be fantastic choices. I would go for Ruger and Smith & Wesson. A 4” barrel model 29 would be very nice, and although heavy loads in 357 magnum do work well, for bigger bears you don’t want to go for less than 44 magnums.
Having said that, if I had to choose I would go for a Glock 31 in 357 SIG since this would be a great choice both for two and four legged predators. Now if you have a significant chance of coming across grizzly bears, then I would go up a notch and go for the Glock 20 in 10mm. It may not be a 44 magnum but 10mm packs a punch, and you can get some powerful ammo from Doubletap and Buffalobore that goes into 44 magnum territory. As you say, you also get more firepower with Glock 20’s 15 round magazines and follow up shots will be quicker and more accurate than with a DA revolver. The Glocks higher capacity, speed and ease of reloading would also be a big bonus in case you come across dangerous people rather than dangerous animals, which is possible but in general less likely.