That's some good perspective. I always carry my FNP-9 while out grouse hunting and usually have FMJ's in it. Thankfully, I don't have to deal with grizzlies. I have never seen a black bear out in the woods while hunting, but I have seen some pretty big tracks that were fresh.
I might have to find some FMJ-FN bullets and load them up for this fall.
My oldest son (at 14) shot a nice bear with a .308 win. One shot; 150 gn spbt in the boiler room. He ran off 50 yrds or so and dropped. Tracked it up; tagged it and then came cross country apx. 2 miles to da shack to get me to help gather him up. I was proud. .308 win. is good Black Bear medicine...Shot placement is always key.This is why I carry the 308 battle rifle. Now 308 certainly isn't considered a bear cartridge, but it's better than .556. I fear the people in the middle of nowhere as much as bears. I figure a 308 battle rifle is a good choice to cover both bases. Most everyone into the forums is all about combat weapons. I'm more into back country protection. I've never run into a bear, mountain lion is the biggest predator I've seen. I also consider wild boar a threat. Bear, I personally believe you can almost count on encounters if you spend enough time in back woods. Let me tell you, alone, at night, deep in the woods, the only one that can help you is yourself. I liked the bear post, good read !