Which rifle would you take into this situation?
OK, so I have a serious case of cabin fever.
Here's the situation. Hunting rolling sage brush, grass and oak brush flats there is no snow on the ground. On average you can see 30 yards through openings, but there are thicker sections and a few more open areas that you can see 200 yards. You are tracking a wounded Black Bear (300 pounds) or a wounded Lion in Africa.
To make this more interesting, I have to put some restrictions on you.
1) You have to do this alone and on foot. (no friends, no dogs, no helicopter).
2) You have to follow the bear/lion, you can't just let him lay down and stiffen up.
3) You can only have one firearm with you.
4) I'm tempted to say you can't use a shotgun; but I won't. However, if a shotgun is your choice, thats fine. Also choose which rifle you would take if a shotgun was not available.
What firearm do you take? (caliber, load, make, model etc.) Your life depends on this choice.
I'll hold my choice back for a little while.
If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.
My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives