I was talking about wrol/shtf but I would not use a pistol for hunting either, and especially not bear. Rifle rounds just do the job better. Better terminal ballistics, more energy delivered to the target, and the fact that rifles are better at penetrating armor. That .44 mag you refer to will be easily stopped by kevlar. Personally, I keep pistols, and pistol caliber carbines, in the 'weapons of last resort' category. And yes, for engaging targets at ANY distance, I will gladly take 5.56 over .500 sw.