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.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...