Now I mean bears in Alaska, not those cubs you got down there in America. I'm talking big hairy bears with claws 6" long, and huge fangs. What do you pack? Some guys like a combat style shotgun with slugs and buckshot like my milspec Mossberg 590. Others go for a huge hand cannon. I kind of like the large revolvers myself since the shotgun isn't much good if it's slung over your back when you need it, like if your fishing. But you better be a good shot. Just ask Greg BrusH, who hosed a charging Brownie last year with a .454. The momentum sent the dead bear on past Greg. That's close quarters fellows. I was on a recent fishing trip in bear country with a couple of dudes from Anchorage. We came across fresh bear sign and these guys got nervous. "That's a .44 mag you're packing, right Smoke"? one of them asked. Well it was actually a .454 Freedom Arms, but I humored them. "No, it's just a .22" Their eyes got big. "You said you were bringing a bear gun. What kind of bear protection is that"? "It's all I need" I told them. "I don't figure either one of you can outrun me with a .22 bullet in your knee." Never did tell them it was a .454. Funny thing is, neither one of them will go fishing with me now. Course who want to take a couple of bed wetters from Anchorage fishing anyway? Maybe I can get Vigilant to come up to fish with me. Now where is that little .22 anyway.