I've been shooting since I was fifteen and I'm now sixty two. I know my skills and I know my limitations and I'm not Rambo or Grizzly Adams, but I am a pretty fair shooter. I've lived in the mountains whenever it was possible, mostly the Sierra Nevada's. There were black bears there, but they stayed pretty much out of sight except for a few that developed a taste for garbage. Those would show up on occasion and snack on people's trash. I've never lived where I might just bump into one walking a trail. So, I'm actually pretty ignorant about bears and cougars in general and that's why I started this thread. I asked for people's opinions and I thank you all for the input.
At this point, having just moved I'm very restricted financially. I'd love to have a 4" Model 629 or 29. But I can't afford it. A Blackhawk is in my price range, but I'm not a fan of single action revolvers. I've had a few OM Blackhawks and OM Vaqueros and I liked them fine, but in a panic situation, I'd rather have a double action. I'm beginning to think that I should pass on the Security Six and just wait longer, save up some more and buy a .44 magnum.
Right now as far as long guns, my woods gun is a Mossberg 9200 loaded with 1.5oz. slugs. I'd really like a .45-70 lever gun and maybe that will be possible come Spring. For the time being, I'll see what I can do about going to the .44.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ― Samuel Adams