What size shell and load? 3 inch mag? Buck or slug?
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The mossberg I have is chambered for 2 3/4" and 3". When I went camping I had 00 buck in 2 3/4" shells with me because that is all the wally world on the way out had in stock. Next time I'll probably have two 3" slugs and 3" 00 Buck in the side saddle. Chances are I'll never need it though.
The .500 has a lot of punch but not as much as a 3" slug or big game rifle.
I have a buddy who use to be a bush pilot up in Alaska.
He personally carried a S&W 500 because it could easily fit in his bag. But he also has told me that a lot of people carry 12 gauges for bears. Two slugs followed by 00 buck is what the normal is for shotguns up there (with the standard 3 shell limit that you face most places).