My only comment would be to ask "Just where would you put it?" - regardless of half size, full size, or otherwise. I don't have any experience with bears, other than seeing them in zoos. I guess that I'm thankful that there aren't any bears around Central Texas.
And oh, BTW, congrats on having the wherewithal to still squeeze off an accurate shot. I'm afraid I would have been heading home having to change my britches.
man you should come up to NC with us. we bear hunt on the ground with dogs and use pistols. Mine is a Ruger Super Redhawk 480cal. most kills or within 20ft or less
Born on a mountain raised in a cave huntin and fishin is all I crave