Originally Posted by Bluebearbevis
New guy here, I am a Hiker and Hunter who grew up in Michigan (both upper and lower) and for the last 17 years have lived in Colorado. Most of my Backpacking trips here are solo adventures to remote areas only accessible by foot. I own 2 rifles and a shotgun, but I don't have a handgun. After Columbine and Aurora, what would be a solid one to purchase capable of stopping a bear or moose? Thanks in advance for your advice.
1st Bear Encounter: "Look Dad, there's a blue bear!"
4" 44mag on up..., With Hard Cast bullets, If ya want to have the best chance at living. Forget the 10mm, if worried about bear attacks. I truly miss Colo. Lived up around Durango and Silverton for a spell long ago.
Good luck to ya pard..