This story happened in 2009 and though it doesn't go into it much in this story, I've read through other outlets that he was carrying a Ruger Alaskan in 454 Casull. Very much a snubby. He was damn lucky that the fourth shot put the bear down, because as the story says, he went to finish it off and the fifth shot was jammed. He called his wife frantically and told her to bring a rifle, and once he had that, he killed the bear. They found out later that the gun was pretty new, and the shop he bought the gun at didn't carry 454 Casull rounds, or they were out, something like that, and so he bought some reloads at the counter without much thought to it. Found out the hard way that the bullets were not properly crimped. That could have easily cost him his life. But, the gun didn't, it was sufficient to stop the charging bear.