So im looking into getting a new handgun. Ive been reading about 44mags and such for bear protection and how it might not be sufficient to stop a bear unless proper shot placement blah, blah, blah. Most of the stories Ive read have links attached to them about an article of some guy who shot a charging bear blah blah blah. How many of you actually used a sidearm to take down a charging bear? What caliber did you use and what would you recommend?
Lets hear the real scoop from someone who has actually been in that situation.