Hello all. New to the forum and headed to AK in March. I plan on spending much of my time outside in the woods and on the water. My handgun dilemma is the age old caliber question of whether or not I need a .454. I currently own a GP100 .357 mag, 4" barrel and a 629-2 .44 mag, 7 1/2" barrel. I am a better than average shooter, however I have rarely shot at moving targets. So of course my question revolves around bear protection. My first line of defense will be spray, however I will not go out without a firearms backup. I am considering the SRH Toklat as a new backcountry firearm. In some situations a rifle or shotgun would not be practical/comfortable. I know both .357 and .44 have done it in the past and will do it with proper ammunition, but is the exta ummmmffff of the .454 helpful if a marginal shot is made. Would the extra mass/fpe of the .454 make up for a slightly off shot i.e. a couple inches. I'm not talking about a huge miss, but would the .357/.44 break shoulders and tendons to at least slow down an angry bruin. I have combed forums, but can't really find a good answer. Also, what are your thoughts of wielding/packing a 7 1/2 barrel in the bush? My thinking is that is a bit long. Thanks all.