If i was hiking in bear/moose territory i would have a marlin 1894gbl slung on my shoulder. People often discount moose as a threat but moose routinely kill and injure more folks than bear during the rut with no provocation. You usually have to actively piss a bear off. Mooses just go nuts for no discernable reason.
No pistol will get to the innards of a moose fastenough from the front short of something like a 454 or 500. Those guns are difficult to shoot under ideal conditions much less under stress when you got to land a perfect hit on a small target through chest muscle hide and bone. Only cartridges that generate rifle velocities can do that.
Same applies to bears. You can take a bear from the side with a 38spl. Put that same bear head on and even 44mag will not get through the hide chest and shoulder muscles and bone.
Hunting with a 44 is one thing when you can choose your shot location. Shooting a charging enraged beast intent on sht stomping you from the front is quite another.
Do not use hollow points!! Use a good hardcast lead or jacketed bullet designed expressly for dangerous animals. Buffalo bore makes excellent bear defense rounds.
Just something to think about
"Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound." — L. Neil Smith
Last edited by JonM; 10-09-2012 at 04:52 PM.