I use a bolt action rifles essentially 100% of the time while hunting....either Remington 700 or a Ruger 77 Hawkeye. If I carried a rifle for bear protection I think I would be best to carry what I'm used to rather than switch to a lever gun!!! I have a 375 Ruger and a 338 Win Mag that would work well. I also have a 45-70 Marlin lever gun but don't really use it to hunt with....sits in the safe most of the time. What do you think?? By the way I can shoot well and fire pretty darn fast with a bolt gun...always have.