I agree 100%..Lone Star said:Most Alaskan bear guides will want you to carry at least a .338 Magnum, and that can be a good idea. A 9.5-foot brownie I shot on a beach at Admiralty Island fell at the shot, then got up and ran into the brush - after sunset - and it was pretty hairy following him into the dark woods. I was glad I was carrying an M98 in .45-70 with heavy loads. We found him dead 25 yards in, but I would never have followed a wounded bear with just a .30-06. On the same hunt a fellow hunter hit his bear with five, 220-grain loads out of his '06 and the bear trotted off, only falling when hit again by several .340 Weatherby bullets.
Lots of "experts" who have never hunted anything bigger than a skinny whitetail will tell you that you can kill a brownie fine with a .30-06, and that is true. What they fail to realize is that if you have to follow a wounded animal into thich brush, the .30-06 feels like a .22RF. As a contingency cartridge for a wounded brownie, it stinks.
Yes a 375 H&H sounds like a good choice.Lawdog said:Of the three Brown Bears that I have taken(2 with a .300 Weatherby & 1 with a .340 Weatherby) I know this. If I ever go after another Brown Bear I am carrying something along the lines of a .375 H&H or bigger(most likely my .375 Weatherby). Following a wounded Brown Bear into the Alders of Coastal Alaska will absolutely peg your excitement meter. Lawdog
How would a 30-06 be better than a 300 Win Mag on Moose??? Shot placement sounds like the problem here. :?Sourdough said:There will be nothing smaller than a .338Win Mag in my camp. I'm a great fan of the 30-06, carry one all winter. Would not hesitate to shoot a Moose, Caribou, or Black Bear with one. BUT not a Grizzly or Brownie. Like I said nothing smaller than a .338. That means no 300s too. Have seen lots of Moose lost to the 300 Win Mag. Just not enough knock down. Would prefer a non-mag .35 Whelen or .45-70 over the 300.