Originally Posted by Big O
I would look at an 8 round .357 Magnum revolver such as the S&W Nightguard. Reasonably lightweight, no issues with corrosion, reliability and simplicity of a revolver, big enough to handle all predators in this state, yet small enough to go in a jacket pocket if necessary, and 8 rounds of powerful .357 Mag., which to me is better than 9 rounds of .45 in a semiauto, IMHO of course.
So you are saying a .357mag will stop a bear better than a .45acp? Even though the .45 is a much larger bullet? (disregarding hit location)