I am not arguing about what is 'best', only that a good cheap shotgun with Brenneke Black Magic will do the deed about as good as anything.
Like I've posted, I take my 629 but if I really was worried about bear I'd just ALSO take my Mossie 500 18 inch riot gun and those slugs.
Happily in Texas, where I'm at, about the worst you can run up against is a desperate black bear, cougar, gator, or hog. .44 will take care of them.
"The government has confiscated all of our rights and is selling them back to us in the form of permits."