I have read numerous threads ,about which handgun to pack for big bear when hiking or camping in big bear country.
You might consider the pics below. I know the person that took this bear, and it wasnt with a .44 mag 4" or 6" , or any other big caliber handgun
This guy is standing at my LGS, 10'6" tall 1200 lbs of raw power.
ever seen a deer run , even when shot in the heart?
I dont know what handgun you should take with you into big bear country, but think about how many .338 Win Mags it took to drop this guy.
Just food for thought....pun intended.