When hunting moose with a rifle, would you recommend carrying a pistol as a last means of defense for bears? I have a .45 ACP with a 13 round clip packed with 230 grain FMJ's. Seems like that would have an effect even if I had to unleash half of them. I hate carrying it if I don't have to.....or if it's not worth it. I thought it might be nice to have one in the belt holster especially when in thick stuff or when dressing out a bull where the rifle isn't as handy. I guess the question is....would that caliber be more effective than a fly swatter for brownies, making the inconvenience a worthwhile, or should I leave it in Montana?
I also have a .44 mag but it has a long hunting barrel and is a real pain to carry.