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Which gun and for bear hunting?

Old 02-20-2015, 04:31 PM
Nontypical Buck
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Well here go's my first post on this site sooooo hellooooooo all you fine fellow hunters!!!

Now for the subject. While "most" of the suggestions on here would be just fine for a brownie, most all of them are overkill and some are just down right ridiculous. (the 408ct as well as a .416) While yes the brown bear (commonly referred to as a Grizzly) is a big and highly dangerous animal, it is NOT an Elephant or a Rhino. They were and still are commonly brought down with the lowly little old .30-30. I've personally dropped 2 charging sows down with a little old .44 super redhawk. But the majority of my Brownies have been brought down with various .30 cal options such as the .30-06 and .308. I havn't hunted Brownies in the last 6 or so years because I'm just getting too darn old to jaunt around in the high country any more. But I do have an almost perfect option for you to give a try to. The .338fed has more than proven itself to be extraordinarily versatile cartridge choice for pretty much anything on 4 legs on this continent. Everyone I know that has one (myself included) has nothing but good things to say about it. The only drawback I have heard is factory load availability but I have heard that is getting much better. I reload so I don't have first hand experience there.

The cartridge has more than enough power with a 210 pill stuffed in. Now mine has a bit of a bite on recoil but it's just a single shot TC PH so it's pretty light. You get a rifle with between 10 and 12 pounds on her and it wouldn't be to awful bad. Of course if your sighting down on a big old boar brownie, you wouldn't even notice if a mule kicked you in the shoulder anyway!

That would be my poor old opinion. Your decision should be based on what you want.

Good luck on your hunts.
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:08 PM
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Good post SuperHunt and welcome to the site.
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