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I am no expert, but I am a pistol hunter. I can tell you that .45 acp is an insufficient round for hunting hog or deer. Therefore, I would extrapolate that .45 acp is insufficient for bear. It may be enough for a cub, but its mommy will eat you for lunch.....and you are probably unlikely to find a cub w/o the momma nearby. For hogs, 44mag is the starting point for hunting with a pistol (unless you happen to hunt in an area with particularly small hogs). I use a Ruger Super Redhawk .454 casull with a Leupold EER scope.

For bear, I would consider 44mag the minimum.....best to go bigger for insurance. A .45 is better than nothing, but I don't know how much better. The only semi-auto pistol that I would consider for this is a desert eagle 50 cal, but considering its weight & size, you might as well carry a rifle.
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