I have shot 2 blackbears with my handgun. I carry a .45 flattop with 275 gr Keith SWC's at about 1100 fps. Blackies are not all that big and for the most part are thin skinned. HOWEVER. In the charge mode, cancel out the first description. They become 350 to 800 pounds of raging determination. Many many bears have been killed and when skinned, found to be carrying numerous small bullets that did not penetrate the fat layers. If you are going to go into bear habitat, then be proficient with your weapon. I would not step out of the vehicle with a pistol that didnt start with 4. Shotguns are better. Common sense isnt so common any more.
Whittington Center Life
Times are tough, ammo is expensive, there will be no warning shots.