Originally Posted by Huntin Fool
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.