The 444 is an excellent choice, and it's my go-to lever gun for elk, deer, and black bear. If you don't reload, Cabela's has a fair amount of different 444 ammo these days. I could be happy with Hornady's 265 grain loads for bear. I've never bought any factory loads for my 444, but I've tried most of the bullets being used in the factory loads. I like Speer 300 grain PSP, Hornady 265 grain FP, and cast bullets for hunting. I've used the 240 grain Remington SP bullets for plinking, but I can't comment on their usefulness on game when fired at 444 velocities. The Hornady 265 grain bullets are one of the few bullets designed from the ground up for 444 velocity.