We all have seen them, threads asking: What is the best bear defense caliber, Which caliber has the most stopping power "Xmagnum" or "Bmediumbore", Should I carry a 12ga for bear defense or a superduper handgun ?
I have never been charged by a bear but I have had many encounters, and of those encounters, I am certain that the way I handled some them prevented a charge or attack, that I believe is what is most often important, not how big or capable the gun is for it is merely a tool being weilded by you.
Consider a scenario where you are enjoying the beatiful weather, the sound of nature and water rushing down the stream you now are following , you are armed with the Whizbang Trainstopper Caliber of all time, you round a bend along the stream and as you clear the brush you encounter a large brown bear, it is surprised and instanly goes into defense mode and charges at you form 30 yards, its' intent is deadly!
Have you considered this event as a real possibility, or are you just bearanoid ?
Will you have time to take action ?
Do you have anyone else with you, are they loved ones ?
What do you do and will you really be able to do it ?
I have seen videos of real charges and real defense actions of some of those charges. I also have seen other events that I think very comparable to how quick a bear moves as well as the science that has measured such a thing.
Lets hear from those on all sides: those who have been charged and how it was handled, those who who have given this a great deal of thought to the degree they are confident in their reaction, and those with the Whizbang Trainstopper Caliber of all time confidence, yet lack real bear encounter experience.