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Posted: 5/13/2002 6:09:37 PM EDT
A buddy and I are making plans for the hunt of a lifetime. We want to go to Alaska for brown bear. The situation, I have a beutiful Winchester model 70 in .300 win mag that I love and am very comfortable with. He has a ruger m77 in .338 win mag.
He claims my 300 is not enough gun and that I will have to get a new rifle in a bigger caliber. He even says that most guides will refuse to guide me with that small of a rifle.
I love the .300. It is light, synthetic stocked and topped with a beutiful Burris red dot scope and I am both comfortable and accurate with it.
I don't want to drop another 800- 1000 bucks for a rifle I may not need and will probaly only hunt once with.
So is the 300 enough for brownies or am I pissing into the wind with my life in the balance?
Link Posted: 5/13/2002 6:17:04 PM EDT
Don't listen to what he says.  .300win mag is very powerful gun.  More powerful than .308.   I don't know what kind of distance you are shooting but if its few hundred yards then it should do that job satisfactorily.
Link Posted: 5/13/2002 6:27:37 PM EDT

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

12. What is the best rifle to use for brown bear hunting?

Most experienced hunters consider a .30-06 rifle with a 180 grain soft-nosed bullet to be the smallest effective caliber for Kodiak brown bears. The .300 mag, .338 mag., and .375 mag. are popular and well-suited calibers. A waterproof rifle stock is also beneficial during a Kodiak hunt.

Link Posted: 5/13/2002 6:29:01 PM EDT
look at the Federal Trophy Bonded Bear Claw
part number P300WT1
200 g
2800 vel fps
3480 energy ft. lbs.

me, i would drop 600.00 on a used .338 winmag.

Link Posted: 5/13/2002 6:29:48 PM EDT
Thanks GW, excellent "ammo" for my argument.
Link Posted: 5/13/2002 6:40:51 PM EDT
Magnum rifles will do ya.  Also big caliber Marlin cartridges like .450 and 45-70.
Link Posted: 5/13/2002 7:56:36 PM EDT
I agree with Raven. Go drop $400 on a guide gun in 45-70, get close, and have a good hunt.
Link Posted: 5/13/2002 8:11:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/13/2002 8:24:15 PM EDT
300 Win Mag
"This power house pushes a 200-grain bullet to 400 yards and still retains a speed of over 2,200 fps, and over 2,200 ft/lbs of energy."

.338 Win Mag
"At 400 yards the the 250-grain bullet is still traveling along at some 2,000 fps. And the energy is around 2,000 ft/lbs at that same distance."

It looks like the .300 Win Mag uses a lighter bullet, has less recoil, and packs a bigger punch.
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