The Alaskan retails for $899 so actual dealer price is probably on target with your budget and your purpose is exactly what the gun is designed for. I'd go .454. I suggested the rifle primarily because I hate to see anyone buy a gun that is so singular in purpose the it doesn't get use. At least a rifle is perfectly good for hunting when you aren't on the the bear defensive, but hey it's your money and heck that Alaskan looks like a damn fine gun.
Read an article where someone killed a bear with a Glock in 40 S&W. In Minnesota, one can hunt big game with a 357, 10MM, 41mag, 44 mag or any 50. I have an EAA Witness 10MM (Wonder finish) that I use for hunting. They run around $400 or less. The factory 10rd mags can be easily altered to hold 14+1. I have had no problems with the gun. Good accuracy, easy to carry, and pretty inexpensive. Then, one COULD use it as a carry weapon, should they choose.
Then my G23 is good to go.?
Originally Posted by Thor