I have a great opportunity to travel to Alaska with my brother and friends this summer to ride for a week or more. Of the group, I am the only gun fighter w/ a carry license, massive hunting experience and lots of range time. I currently own several handguns including a 357. mag short barrel, a colt 45 full size, a 45 long colt, sa cowboy gun and a mossberg 500 short barrel.
None of these are obviously the best choice for bear defense, yet one must be better than the others, and I must choose amongst these as cost dictates no other options. The shotgun maybe my best choice but slinging it over my back while riding a KLR 650 is far less than optimal. The 357 mag with 180 grain solid cast rounds seems best, yet is commercially unavailable. Can anyone recomend a load that will perform?