The more I research the more my head spins.
All I need is something for bear protection that is not too cumbersome for hiking, fishing, hunting, etc.
The smith & wesson backpacker 44 mag and the ruger alaskan 454 casull both look good to me. I hear that the 44 mag is okay with the right bullets for bears, but I am reading a lot about finding the right bullets you can count on.
Tips on something reliable, tried and true, with bullet suggestions of the same would be appreciated!
Also, I am looking online, any good store referrals would be awesome.