Okay for the first part of my question. I've been looking around online and fell in love with the Savage Bear Hunter. But i can't decide a caliber. I want it so my teenaged son ( the person who made this account, this is my first question on here ) can still shoot it. now, he can deal with a .308 and a 20 gauge autoloader. So the two calibers I narrowed it down to is .300 Winchester Magnum or .300 Winchester Short Magnum. These both are big magnum .30 cartridges. The game we would use this gun for is Whitetails, Muleys, Russian Boar, Elk, Moose, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Kodiak Bear, African Plains Game, Bison, Rams, and other game. Now a few things about my list. First, to me there is a difference between Brown Bear/Grizzly Bear and Kodiaks. Kodiaks to me are bigger in weight and a little taller ( anywhere from 3 in to 1 ft. ) to me anyway. African Plains game would be a BIG maybe. Now to Bison, if the chance presented it's self with a Bison hunt, I wound't mind taking along one of these calibers with a 220 or 200 grain bullet at 50 yards or less. Price won't be a huge issue to me on ammo. I don't handload currently and neither does my son. Also, with a 150 grain bullet going 3150 fps in win mag and 3250 fps in wsm, what would the recoil be with a 9 lb gun in win mag and a 8.75 lb gun in wsm with a muzzle break ? The muzzle break is adjustable.
Now for my shotgun question. I would not mind having an autoloading slug gun in my gun safe. I was watching a video on light recoil slugs ( for my wife, she can barley handle a 30-06 ) and the gun they were using was an autoloading Mossberg 930 with a slug barrel on it. It had holes on the end of the barrel ( I pretty sure they are called ports ) that most likely help get some of the gases out of the gun. I was wondering how much recoil that would be with those ligh recoil slugs. I don't know the weight of it exactly but the website says around 7.5 lbs naked. I would hunt with full power hornady superformance slugs. I would hunt Whitetails, Muleys, Russian Boar, Moose, Black Bear, Bison, Brown Bear, Kodiaks, and other game. Now, in their " Scrapbook " has one guy who took a 2,000 lb bison at 72 yards. The first shot took out the heart and lungs, the second shot was an insurance shot that broke the left leg and shoulder. Now, I know that doing two fast shots ( since it is an autoloader ) or three fast shots would be better than just one shot. The fallow-up shots would be after the first shot hits and I would do like this man and shoot the shoulder.