You know people get mauled and taken to the hospital regularly right? Yeah its super unlikely but it does happen. Someone dies almost every year in N America as a result of a black bear attack. I havent heard of any raccoon related deaths but Id be interested if you know of some.Take that 45 and load it with hardball. I've hunted in Virginia my entire life and have yet to hear of anyone ever needing to defend themselves from a black bear. The thought of bear defense never crosses my mind when I hunt. I'm pretty sure your chances of getting in a car accident on the way to hunting are greater than having to defend against a bear. They're about as dangerous as overgrown raccoons.
I was in the same boat with a 357 revolver and .40 auto. I went with my Glock 27 with Buffalo Bore hard cast rounds. I like the extra rounds and I'm not worried about Glock reliability at all. The 27 is a tidy little package and fits nice holstered under my bino harness.Doing my first archery bear hunt. I have a .357 Taurus revolver or a Glock 23 .40 in my safe. What one would you guys carry for your sidearm? My glock carries better, but should I have a magnum?