we can tell you know nothing about bears. nothing. They're stopped more than 95% of the time with a handgun, including several with a .22revolver, ccw-capable 4" barrel, and SEE how "fast" your repeat hits are. you can work at it all your LIFE and probably never touch .50 second for reliable repeat hits. With a 20 ga autoloader and slugs, .25 second repeat hits is quite feasible to demo. So much for the .44 as a "bear stopper". You'd better PRAY you never have to stop a bear with nothing but a pistol,and if you do, it better not be some slowassed pos .44 revolver. The right loads in a .45 auto would be a much better bet. As in 160 gr swc's, hp'd to make them "dig in" to the skull, rather than just glancing off, at about 1200 fps. That's actually a pretty mild load in a 5" barreled Govt Model. It will get that same bullet to 1400 fps, quite safely,with 10.0 grs of Unique, ya know.