You've never shot a 500SW perfomance center have you?It's truely amazing just a few years back they killed anything with a 44mag.
I would much rather have a gun that I could handel them something that the recoil was so bad it took you 5 sec to get back on target and foreget the double action IMO very poor arcuracy
Guys it all about the bullets I would match any of my home cast 430.dia 245gr or 265gr hard cast to any jacketed bullet, they will drive straight thru any bear and stay together and the wound channel is unreal.
BUY A GUN YOU CAN HANDEL SHOT PLACEMENT IS WERE IT'S AT.
Totally with you on this one Andy that is why I was lookingat that 329pd, but now that Ed is buying, problem solved.The smaller and lighter the better IMO. You're not buying it for target practice and I doubt you'll notice the ridiculous recoil of the light frame .454 or .500 models when the front sight is covered with brown bear saliva. Just let me know what caliber you end up with so I know what to buy when I borrow it!
I've been looking for a dedicated "bear gun" for a while too. I was thinking of buying the smallest, lightest .44 I could find. I know it's the smallest caliber recommended every time this topic comes up but I want one that I'd be willing to carry 100% of the time. I know I'm being "captain obvious" here but that thing will do you no good in the tent or in your pack.