I like to have a handgun with me when I am in the outdoors fishing, hunting, hiking or whatever. For many years I packed my Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum. I used the 158-grain JSP bullet loaded for 1250 fps. I thought this round would be good for protection against any dangerous animals I might encounter because it would have good penetration. Recently I started carrying my Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum. It has a 7.5" barrel. For protection against animals I use the Hornady 265-grain FP loaded for 1350 fps. I figure it would also suffice for dangerous bad guys. A guy I know told me I needed more than the .44 mag for protection against bears, specifically black bears that are native to this area. There are also a lot of wolves in the woods around here. He said I needed a .454 Casull like he has. I feel comfortable carrying my .44 mag and that is what I will continue to do. Where does the power trip stop? I am sure there are more than a few handgunners out there who would like to have something even more powerful than the 500 SW mag. Any thoughts on this?