Hello, we have an assortment of guns for bear protection such as a .44 mag revolver, 454 Casull, and Mossberg 12 ga. short pump gun. I believe we have the bases covered, but I kinda like the lever action rifles and am dreaming about a 1895 guide gun in stainless steel in 45-70 for another bear discourager. I'd like to stay with a caliber that's affordable (store bought ammo) and want to know if that is adequate? I know they chamber those guns in different calibers. I'm not a hunter, but if the need ever came up in the future, I'd like that gun to be able to bring down a moose. Any suggestions will be appreciated!
Also, for our Mossberg 500 pump gun, what would you guys recommend for bear protection in slugs? (store bought). My friend recommends alternating slugs with 00 buckshot.