Thanks for all the info and advice y'all provide here. Very good!
I'll be back for my second trip to Alaska in July and will have a four-inch S&W 44 mag that I picked up here in Colorado. Price was pretty good. It was choice between that and Ruger 45Colt but since I already had a couple of boxes of castcore 44 cartridges, I went with that.
This is not my first 44 and shoots just fine. I'm not a bad shot but when I hear you guys talk about needing to hit a bouncing ball thrown at you I guess I need some more practice!
Last year I only saw one grizzly while out fishing and he was on the other side of the Kenai and never even saw us. It was interesting though....We saw a fisherman working his way up the river toward the bear and athough two drift boats yelled warnings at him, he seemed not to hear. We watched as he got closer and closer, maybe 30 feet away from where the bear was eating his salmon....I told my wife to get the camera ready..... and then he saw the bear! His arms went straight up into the air and he lit out like a scalded dog! Bear paid him no nevermind.
Anyway, all the best to you guys,