I have some questions about loading my 1894 45 Colt up to bear defense potential. I have a 45/70 GS but am going to leave it up at our other place in Haines this sumer because that is the most likely place I will run into a brown bear. Being that it is a ferry ride to get there I don't really enjoy having to check it in with the ships purser each time I go up. I do need a bear defense gun down here as well, and am wanting to develop a good load/bullet combination that cycles reliably, has a minimum of 300gr, and at least 1400fps, or more if possible. First, what would be the best GC hard cast bullets to buy that will cycle in my lever action? I see Beartooth has a 325gr FN DCG that they say feeds nice in all lever guns. Any other recommendations? I bought a pound of Lil Gun the other day which I plan on using for this. I am not necessarily looking for specific loads, just I am a novice reloader so any suggestions on developing a bear load for my 1894 45, and anything I should watch out for I would appreciate.