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Rifles fo hunting in brown or grizzly country

But I dont need a bigger bullet cause it usually only takes me one shot with bears I very seldomly need 2 shots for a bear.

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P.S. Black bear that is

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I shot a brown bear in Alasaka about 5 years ago. I used a 375 H&H. Some may think it is overkill but it only took one shot. They are incredibly impressive creatures. I don't think you want to be under-gunned.

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I agree

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AK rifle

I have several, but my favorite in big bear land is the 338 Win with 225 Part/AB/TSX and RL 19/IMR 4350. I also carry a 30-06 with 180 Nosler Part very often as well as my new 300 WSM.

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I would use the biggest rifle you can shoot comfortably without flinching. I have relatives who have killed grizzlies with a 25-06. I use a 30-06 for all my big game hunting. a 220 grain nosler in 30-06 would even be adequate for brown bear. with any caliber, you must have good shot placement though, that is most important

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Rifles fo hunting in brown or grizzly country

Mine are marlin guide in the wildwest guns 457 mag, mod 70 feather wt in 300 wsm and a kimber montana in .325 wsm. Bullets are 405 gr kodiak for the 457, 180 gr barnes triple shock for the 300 wsm and 200 gr for the kimber .325 . I sold my .375 HH a while back and still regret it . As I'm thinking of one more brown bear hunt. I used it quite a bit and shot well with it.

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atomikall wrote:
Ive seen my grandfather take down moose on more than one occassion with a .303 springfield lever let alone with his winchester pump 30.06 and thier was only one time it took him 3 shots but it was a damn fast three shots and the cow dropped. Never did see him miss a moose and Ive been moose hunting since i was 7 or 8 years old making trails through the middle of the bush ridding quads in and argos to pull em out ,good times i tell ya.

Nothing like Ontario for moose and Black bear hunting Lived here a long time and i still love it

I think you must have meant a REMINGTON pump 30-06. Winchester never made a pump 30-06!
I too like Ontario for black bear hunting, and have done quite a bit around Geraldon, Ont, and Lake Nippigon (spl?). There are some real brusers of black bear in the woods of Ont.
The old 30-06 is a favorite of lots of folks in North America, and with the proper bullets, with the right guy driveing it, is a good general hunting cartridge for most places in the world. Given the choice, however, I wouldn't want to use a 30-06 on the big costal Brown Bears of Alaska, which average twice, and sometimes three times the size of a lower 48 grizzly. These things are Volkswaggens with hair, and the 400 lb lower 48 grizz boar, is smaller, on average than a yearling sow brown bear. Rayfromalaska is right, the 338 Win Mag is probably the most used chambering in heavily populated Brown bear country along the coast. The local indians, use anything from 22 hornet, to 30-06 to hunt everything, but a lot of indians get eaten as well. In coastal areas, you will see a lot of guys carrying 375 H&H rifle while hunting deer on Kodiak, and some of the other Islands. Most Brown bear GUIDES carry 375 H&H, or 458 WM rifles to back their clients, but rarely shoot them. I use a 375 H&H bolt rifle, or a 9.3X74R double rifle to hunt everything in Alaska. I've been hunting Alaska every year since 1982, and have shot everything with one or the other of those two rifles, however, I don't hunt sheep! If I did hunt sheep in the mountains, I would most likely have a good CRF rifle barreled, and chambered for 340 WBY Mag, but it wouldn't be a 300 anything, for me, in brown bear country.
Did they bring back the spring season on Black bear back in Ont? I've been wanting to do another BB hunt there!

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DUGABOY1 wrote:
atomikall wrote:
Rayfromalaska is right, the 338 Win Mag is probably the most used chambering in heavily populated Brown bear country along the coast..... In coastal areas, you will see a lot of guys carrying 375 H&H rifle while hunting deer on Kodiak, and some of the other Islands. Most Brown bear GUIDES carry 375 H&H, or 458 WM rifles to back their clients, but rarely shoot them. !

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300 Win Mag 200 Gr noslers in Elk and grizzly country Say Monatan idaho Wyoming

Alaska 338 maybe even the 375 I hunted grizzly and moose and used the 338 Win Mag seemed ideal for me My firend who is a guide in Alaska uses a 416 remington with 400 gr Swift A frames for back up

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