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30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

 
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:23 PM
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

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Thanks for all of the immediate feedback guys. I will stick with the 200 LRX at this point and check and see what the guide is comfortable with. I would much rather pack my own rifle that borrow someones I'm not comfortable with.
Many years ago I had a friend in AK that guided for bear hunts. He said point blank he'd rather have someone shooting a 7mm mag, with 180gr partitiaons that they were comfortable with and confident in, that the same guy bringing a borrowed .375 or other larger caliber.

He like most of us here agreed that being able to place that first cold bore shot where you want it is the most important part of the whole equation.

The difference with the big brown bears and most of the other things we hunt is that if you wound one, he's very likely to come straight after you and kill you if he can, so the most powerful weapon at your disposal that you are confident in and competant with, is certainly always a good idea.

At 400yds or closer though with your combo I sure wouldn't hesitate.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:56 PM
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

Those fellas in the LR videos are killing grizz with the 7mag and either 168 or180 VLDs.

My biggest rifle in the safe is my 300 RUM. If I were to go on a big bear hunt now that's the rifle I'd take and I'd load a minimum of 200 grain bullet at the fastest velocity I could push it to so long as accuracy was acceptable to 300 yards. That's my personal limit or close to it with my lack of knowledge on big bears
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

Having been on the "guide" side of the fence, I can tell you that whatever you're holding when you're face to face with a big boar grizz at 10 feet, feels like a pea shooter. The most important thing is that you use a rifle that you're intimately familiar with, can use with precision and accuracy, and that you can get into action quickly with. The guide will most likely have a rifle capable of stopping a big bear, so your focus should be on placing the kill shot precisely where it needs to go. Like many other animals, the physiology of bears is such that the 1st shot is by far the most important in determining the bear's reaction, and how the rest of the situation plays out. Make the first one count with any adequately powerful rifle, and the bear will be down in short order. If he happens to run in the wrong direction before falling dead (that being toward you!), that's when the guide proves that he's worth his salt. ;)
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

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Thanks for all of the immediate feedback guys. I will stick with the 200 LRX at this point and check and see what the guide is comfortable with. I would much rather pack my own rifle that borrow someones I'm not comfortable with.
I've been to Alaska hunting and fishing over the years. My aunts boyfriend has guide services and he carries a little 300 weatherby mag. It is his only gun other than his 45 long Colt side arm.

I only owned a .458 Win mag and the big 510 soft points were over kill on bear and moose. I used a custom 26 inch .270 on Dall sheep and Carabou. My packing pistol is 1911 45
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

A 30-378 should be just fine since I killed one with a pointed stick (arrow). ------------------
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