44 magnum will suffice
44 magnum will suffice, but if I had a 480 Ruger that would be what I would use. A shotgun with a Dixie slug is a thought. I would not go out and buy a Marlin 45-70 just as a back-up gun unless you are guiding hunts. Wasp spray works better than pepper spray, but they will not advertise using that. It will probably best deter a bear unless it has already started attacking.
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