Black Bear self defense handgun/rifle
Hi folks, I live in Western Washington, land of rain and trees and black bears in some places.
Where I live there are a lot of bears. Not good hunting, it is very dense brush and you have to get out of town quite a way in order to not ruffle someone's feathers.
I live out in the woods away and we have bear trouble from time to time. Whenever I hike I carry a Marlin 30-30, which I have read is supposed to be good.
However, I would like to have more than that in case of attack, and would be willing to carry a sidearm.
Alternately, I have a friend who is suggesting a rifle like a mini 14, which is high capacity clip. The idea being shooting a bear with 10-15 bullets from semi auto rather than 6 slow 30-30 shots.
1) What are some good handguns? I have a .40, but what about 357 sig, 357 mag, 41 mag, etc. I assume 44 mag kicks to hard for multiple shot accuracy
2) What about the mini 14? Any reason to consider that in place of the 30-30?