I’m going on an Elk hunt in the therefore Oct 6-13. Last night I called the outfitter to see how the first rifle hunt went. He said they had 10 hunters. Out of the 10 hunters 7 killed had one elk wounded that got away. One guy missed 3 times from 100 yards and the other guy was 72 years old and had a hard time in the mountains and only hunted 4 days. I asked the outfitter how the bears were they said the worst they had seen in 10 years. The elk that were killed were hung on a meat pole 30 feet in the air. The bears kept going in at night and chewing the ropes off and eating the hunter’s capes and meat. I guess they ate 4 hunters meat and chewed the ears off of several capes. They also had a hard time keeping them out of camp. The camp jack went through a whole box of flair type shotgun shells trying to keep them out of camp. The outfitter talked to the department of fish and game they are supposed to bring some bear fences out. That being said i want to bring a side arm on this hunt. I only have two pistols I don’t think either one of them is going to work but I wanted to get your thoughts. I have a 5.7X28 and a 45acp. Some of the big grizzly bears weigh 1000 plus lbs. and in a close tight situation. I don’t feel any of these guns have enough stopping power to stop a bear. So with some advice from you guys do I have enough gun or should I go shopping and what for?