Just a little input on the .325.....Anything that will take down a whitetail, will work just fine on any Black Bear, period. A friend of mine uses that .325 for moose!!!! If you like the caliber, great, but don't go out of your way to buy this gun just for black bears...just not needed. I have never needed anything bigger than a .270 and probably don't need something that big! Bears can be tough, if shot in the front shoulder and that is a shot you avoid. Their ribs are not that tough and most lung shots will bring them down quickly after a short run. I know plenty of people who shot black bear recently with handhuns like 9mm and .45 ACP's...yea, I know, we wouldn't do that, but others have and do.