35 years of guiding only had a problem like yours one time I had a 500 S&W on me at the time Bear never knew what hit him
My apologies for quoting this again but it wouldn't let me quote your response to me as you quoted me and then the answer you typed in was also associated with me as a quote and I don't think you can quote yourself on here...
Anyways, do you have any photos of the incident/bear?
I ask because I carry a 500 S&W myself, and in the years I've been researching, tearing apart the abysmal studies done by Tom Smith and Stephen Herraro and the garbage that followed via article after article... bear spray vs firearm... firearms not as effective as you think and on and on.
I don't believe I've ever come across a 500 S&W defense of life incident, I find it interesting and would love to hear/read more if one would be so kind.
If it can be verified, an email to the gent that wrote the below article may be appreciated, as it allows the incident to be added to the data so we may more accurately and completely be aware of the realities of such things, may also help if the argument to relieve us of being able to carry in the woods for defense is ever levied.
For others interested, here is an article with many incidents, all can be independently verified.