“Shoot and step to the side?
Where is that happening? Walking your dog in Soldotna?” [darkgael]
Having a dog with you is an excellent point, a German shepherd is as good as a companion with a shotgun. Maybe better. I have seen big browns run from an attacking dog.
My preferred carry is a 44 Mag S&W 29 3” barrel. Have also carried 29s in 4” and 6.5” barrels. A shorter barrel gives better self defense rough and tumble options should I be surprise ambushed.
Best bang for the buck – Ruger Alaskan in 480 Ruger, for just a few grains more of H110 you can send a larger bullet, say 325gr, at about the same velocity as a 240gr 44 Mag.
I always carry a knife, a 69 yr old (Alaska) stopped a bear with a knife, ditto a 50-something yr old (Alberta?) not too long ago. Documented.
Don’t hunt anymore, just enjoy hiking.
That’s my 2 cents, I’m out.
For 20 years the sea was my home, always recall the sun going down, and my trusty friend, a 1911 pistol, strapped to my side.