Minimum caliber in my humble opinion for Brown Bears is the 375 H&H, or the 375 Ruger,,,loaded with stout 300gr bullets,,Hornadys 300DGX will certainly do the job well,,always always always hunt bears with an experienced companion...
ESPECIALLY those big Alaskan brownies.....Minimum caliber in my humble opinion for Brown Bears is the 375 H&H, or the 375 Ruger,,,loaded with stout 300gr bullets,,Hornadys 300DGX will certainly do the job well,,always always always hunt bears with an experienced companion...
Well, Jimbo,,I expect a phone call then, and I will bring the "King" of the 375s and we shall slay some bearsMaybe i will just use my New 416 Taylor with 400 gr Hornady DGX ers ! or Barnes X 400 gr ers - I have not shot any animals with it Yet BUT i plan on it this spring . RJ
Excellent choice,,may I recommend 250 grain bullets of the Nosler Partition varietyAfter all your advice and input I have decided to save my pennies and purchase something more appropriate for the adventure. I have almost surely decided on a 338 Winchester Magnum due to the cost of ammo and it's availability. My prospective guide is on board with a 338, so the search begins. Thanks to all and my apologies for the way I may have come across in my first few posts I really do appreciate this site and the member who made constructive comments on this.
Dont think he's been here long enough for a "Been nice knowin ya" send off..lolIn your original post Ghost Pepper, you've noted that you've "never shot a bear before" . . . . . . . . Alaska Brown's are a heck of a way to start !
Be careful . . . . do your homework.
There's good information for you in this thread.
Jim, where did you get that target,,find it at the range,,BBAHAHAHA,,,sorry couldnt resist Buddy,,,are ya gonna make it up here this springWhere are you GP. I would consider letting you try out my "bear guns" if there is someplace we could get together. 325WSM, 338WM, 375 H&H, 458WM. These are my choices to HUNT G bears. IMO although I have and use a 450 Marlin and a 444 Marlin, I would not recommend them as go to guns for a G bear hunt mostly due to range restrictions. Just my 2 cents. I would listen to everyone who has chimed in so far, all competent hunters and some good hands on experience. one more things to consider. The target below is one of my 338s at 243 yards pushing 225 gr bullets. IMO this is the hind of performance you should be practicing and striving for, I am not a sharp shooter by any means so If I can do it so can you.
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The length of pull should be almost identical between your rifle and the Axis 223. Due to weight, they will feel a bit different but there is no such thing as bad trigger practice. I like your thoughts of practice with the 223, it will help develop good shooting habits. See if you can borrow a 270, 308 or 30/06 at some point and fire some rounds with it. When you start shooting your 338, less is more. Do not shoot until you are tired. Work your way into the rifle and it will work its way into your shooting routine. I think you are on your way but I'm always happy to help out.Thank you Walleye King, when the time comes I will be looking for advice in that area as well. Bow Walker, I think I have tested the fit of almost every rifle on the market in the last month lol. Although I did not actually handle the Brush Hunter, I did lay hands on a lot of Savages and found them to be quite comfortable to shoulder and aim so I am going in a little bit blind but if the Brush Hunter feels like the rest in my hands I should be happy with it.
I am also working on my flinch, I have bought a case of 223 ammo and have started practicing with my friends Axis. He says it will give me a better feel than my 22. What are your opinions on this thought.
Thanks for all your advice on this great adventure that I am planning.