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Are you referring to black bear or brown bear? As some of the others have noted, I'd not feel particularly well-armed with a .45 ACP if I were to encounter either, particularly the latter.

I agree with pioneer461 in regards to a .44 Magnum as a minimum, and with hardcast slugs to penetrate the dense muscle and bone to reach the vital organs. Hopefully though the bear would be more wary of you than you would be of it. From accounts given from others, they tend to usually disregard humans, unless hungry, startled or provoked. However those are the exceptions to that rule -- however we don't want you to be that exception so please err on the side of caution. :)

defensive shooting of bears with the revolver:

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