Dakotaman got me to thinking. I carry a .44 magnum when bow hunting, bear hunting, etc. handloaded with 300 grain Speer plated soft points. It's not intended to be the primary game taking tool, it's protection that I have never had to, and hope I never have to use. I have the .44 as I bought it prior to the birth of the .480 and before the .454 became more readily available. Do you see the .44 magnum as adequate for this role, black bear protection, or do you lean toward the newer, hotter rounds, or is there a fair amount of marketing involved here? Thanks much and good hunting!