I've never hunted bear intentionally but there is a season here and there's a few around. If I saw one, I wouldn't hesitate to shoot it with the same gun I'd be using for deer. Those choices are, 7mm-08 in 15" Encore Pro Hunter loaded with 110gr Barnes TTSX, .243AI loaded with 80gr Barnes TTSX or Hoyt Katera XL loaded with 315gr Victory arrows topped with Slick Trick broadheads.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.