This is a pretty good read: https://www.ammoland.com/2019/08/ha...r-attack-73-cases-96-effective/#axzz5wtQI8UPC It kind of sums up my general feelings on the subject that the gun you practice with the most will work the best when you really need it the most. The author was able to identify 73 documented uses of handguns against bears which resulted in a success rate of somewhere around 96% of the time. From the lowly .22 LR to the mightiest of magnums, handguns in general seem to work effectively on bears. While I am sure the debate will still rage, it seems like handguns of decent caliber stop bears. Thoughts?