Originally Posted by freefall
You have a lot of trouble with grizzlies there in Kentucky? I know lots of people that carry lots of things for bears up here, don't know one that carries a .45/70 revolver. .500 Smiths are becoming popular, but you see a lot for sale "only been fired 6 times".
Maybe it's been a while, you know, 10,000+ years since the last Grizzly sighting in those parts. . .
Plus, I doubt you or most of us here could even put a follow up shot anywhere close to our target after the recoil of that cartridge in a pistol (which probably exists in some weird novelty set-up).
Black Bear would probably be your biggest (in size, not thickness) threat and a heavy .357 is "Going Hard" enough for most of them. C'mon guy. . . abandon ship.
Only fired 6x .500 S&Ws ! ? ! I'd have me one. If you pick one for a steal I'd gladly trade you for a good piece (revolvers, ARs, AKs, SGs, etc.) I've never came across one for less that a grand here and that includes used items. . .