I use a dressed up 30/06 parker hale that i've had for 35 years now for all around big game 180gr hand loads with balistic tips never needed more than one shot in fact most times i have one in the breech and one in the clip for back up thats it ! i have used .243 and 30/30 for a bush gun they all work great but nothing is better than a well placed shot .
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...