Re: Recommended 44 mag ammo
This is an ongoing debate that will never come to a full conclusion. If you choose a gun for bear protection, make sure it is something you are comfortable with and competent enough to shoot. While a short barrelled shotgun is probably ideal...let me know how effective your cast is while it is shouldered.
A 500S&W that someone is afraid to shoot normally without the stress of a bear encounter is pointless.
Whatever caliber you choose to carry...practice, practice, practice. Not just standing a shooting a round at static targets but think about the situation that most bear attacks happen. Surprise by both human and animal parties, very short notice and if it does happen you will be lucky to get a shot off regardless. The important thing is to make that one count.
The heaviest hard cast projectiles you feel comfortable shooting is the best IMHO.