300 win mag would be my vote - big enough for brown bear, overkill for deer and antelope
my accumark weighs around 9 1/2 pounds and i have a break on it so the recoil is no worse then a 243 win. and i have hand loads that will out shoot anything except a custom rifle and even some of those are out done. but hey thats why they make so many choices for us to have fun with
In my opinion, any 308 caliber rifle would be an excellent choice. A rifle chambered for the 30-06 Springfield and 300 Winchester Magnum are my recommendations. I personally use a rifle chambered for 300 Winchester Magnum for all my hunting. You would also have a large selection of bullets to choose from.
I am always amazed at the amount of scent control products that exist on the market today. But they are there for a reason. Game animals have incredible noses and if you go out into the field smelling like body odor, summer sausage, gasoline and last night's Miller High Life fiasco you will probably not be punching a tag. Scent control sprays aren't cheap though. On a college student budget I had a serious need to alleviate at least some of my hunting costs. This is why I decided to...