Re: Black Bear with a pistol
How about a .44 instead, if you're going to hunt pistol. I wouldn't want to risk it with any bear, but that's just me. Even a smallish black bear can dish out a pretty good mauling if you don't put them down in time. I read a story about bear in Alaska (a grizzly, mind you) that someone stopped at the last step with a slug 12GA round in the mouth, and the grizzly sow actually bit into the end of the barrel and bent it before having her brains splattered! But, I've also read of guides not in Alaska being torn up by black bears that they thought weren't all that impressive, only to to learn they were after they were wounded but not down.
“That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” - George Orwell