I have read that a 44 Mag Full Metal Jacket (like Speer used to make and Hornady still does) hot handloaded would be really effective as bear protection. I read an article on a guy that tested that theory on a brownie in Alaska in a G&A story way back in 86 or 87. He said his buddies 240 gr JHP just pissed the brownie off but he ended up killing the brownie with a 44 mag hot loaded w/FMJ's he was carrying. I never forgot it and have loaded the 240 gr Speer TMJ's hot and used to carry those for bear protection until I got my 454 Casull. Anybody have any input or experience with FMJ's on bear??