All right, you've been there for a few hours. You hear a slight noise to your left. You slowly turn your head and see a big bear slinking into the bait you're watching. Nope, he's not looking at your stand he's intent with the bait pile. He is only 37 yds away. There's no thought about how your rifle is sighted in. You practiced three full boxes at 50 yards and your rifle is shooting 1/2" high there.
So.... What is your rifle chambered in? What rifle did you carry up to Canada, knowing you'd see this 350 pound brute while sitting 18' up in your ladder stand. Do you have a cartridge you know you want/WISH was in your hands at this moment?
I do, I have a rifle I'd be soooooo glad to hammer back and then drop it, lights out on Mr. Bear. My choice is my Marlin 1895 shooting a 400gr bulet at a full 1800 FPS.
What's in your hands Buddy???
Well I don't have to tell you what was last years choice since you were there... the Marlin .338 Express (MX) version. The next time it will be either the Savage 99 in .308 or my new 6.5x55 with its 20 inch barrel.