Not sure if this has been covered in this forum before, but I have been up here for almost 4 years now and I have somehow gotten by without owning any sort of firearm. Every bear encounter I have had the bear either took off in the opposite direction or completely ignored me. That being said, I got a gut feeling that I may not be so lucky in the future. I am debating between a large caliber revolver (such as a .454) or a shotgun. Here are the pros and cons of each as I see it:
Pro: easier to pack, easier to carry, quicker to draw
Cons: not as much stopping power as a shotgun. Recoil can make it harder to aim. More expensive
Pro: More stopping power, easier to aim and shoot, cheaper
Con: More difficult to carry and pack, slower to draw
I have some experience with firearms but I am not a pro like a lot of guys on this forum, so what do you think?