Originally Posted by Garadex
.44 mag is weaker and considered minimum for bear defense so I don't see why a very hot 30-30 wouldn't be at least a bit better.
i dont consider any handgun round adequate for bear.
bear have been killed in defense with things like the 45acp 40sw and 9mm but shooting a bear with a pistol and successfully saving your life is more a matter of luck than any ability to effectively stop a bear with a handgun.
police in alaska take a 12ga with slugs if they think a bear encounter is remotely possible. they arent lugging 44's or 500sw either
i bbq once a year in bear country cooking all nite. for decades i used a 458winmag recently switched to a 45-70.
if all you have is a 30-30 its better than a sharp stick but its not what i would consider, even remotely, as a dangerous game cartridge