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grizzly

If something is able to eat me I'm going to shoot the biggest caliber I can accurately shoot. If it were me I'd use a 375 H&H.

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grizzly

I agree. If I were looking for a rifle that was going to be a pure Grizzly rifle it would be a 375 H and H in the classic heavy African style (9 to 10lbs) such as the CZ 550. But, that's just me. I have known a number of them to be killed with a heavily loaded 30.06 but I would opt for the 300 WSM of the two 30 calibers.

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grizzly

Actually, I carried a Marlin 1895 Guide Gun 45-70 that did the job along with using Randy Garretts 540 grain+P ammo. I agree with you guys, bigger is better.

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grizzly

I think it's a pretty general consensus that you can never have too much gun when hunting the big brown bear.

Welcome fgarnold. It's always nice to know that there are other hunters out there who are NRA members. Thumbs up

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grizzly

Thankyou all for the welcome, but I have been here for sometime. For some reason the website wouldn't let me in one day and I had to re-register which took my count back to zero.

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grizzly

Hey fgarnoid where in the finger lakes you from?
I am halfway between Skaneateles and Owasco Lakes town of Owasco.

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ADKBEAR wrote:
Hey fgarnoid where in the finger lakes you from?
I am halfway between Skaneateles and Owasco Lakes town of Owasco.

I live between Binghamton and Elmira just a few miles from Cayuga lake. I spent a little time on Skaneateles Lake a few years ago and really enjoyed myself. Maybe someday I'll do it again.

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grizzly

So not to far from Ithica then?

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Nope, about 20 min. to the south end of the lake in which I spend a lot of time fishing for anything that will bite.

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grizzly

A good friend of mine took a big brown last year in AK and the first guide he looked at hiring insisted that he would follow all hunter's shots immediately with his .338 no matter what you are shooting. My friend felt insulted. He ended up taking my 9.3x62 and made a one shot kill. That was with a guide that had promised not to follow his shot. You need to ask your guide if he practices the follow up. From what I understand, there are quite a few that do it. They probably are used to poor shooting hunters showing up and wounding big bears that need to be tracked. I really don't blame them. I would not want to go into the woods looking for a gut shot brown. Whatever you take, make sure you can hit your target. I don't see why a well placed premium 180 grain or better bullet from a 30-06 at under 200 yds. would not take down a brown. By the way, the 9.3 was loaded with a 286 grain partition at 112 yds. Hit a shoulder on the way in. No Exit! He told me the bear fell but then immediately got up and ran about 35-40 yards then rolled down a big hill.

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