Having faced a black bear attack on two occasions in 20 years of hiking in state forests in PA I can say it is a very frightening experience. Fortunately I was prepared fr the possibility with bear spray which did work well. But I always OC'd a 9mm loaded with FMJ. JHP is just not suited for shooting a bear even though it is better than nothing. I still hike in spring and fall, but I load +P Underwood Extreme Penetrator when hiking. It is made for such needs. Hopefully I will never get to use it.