Originally Posted by bajabill
for the original poster,
Im curious why you chose this chambering for grizzly hunt. I guess if I were starting from scratch for those critters, I would go bigger first, and then faster second. I know its going to work because slower 30 cals have been doing the job for years. Just wondering.
I arrived at this caliber for a couple reasons. First, this hunt is probably not going to be a frequent trip for me (unfortunately). So, I didn't want to buy a gun that I would only have the opportunity to use once or twice. For example, the .33s or the .375s would be ideal for grizzly; but I would only be able to use it for bear/moose/elk... None of which I could see myself hunting more than once or twice in my lifetime. I figured a beefy .30 would be enough for grizz; but would also have the versatility for deer or anything else; which I would be able to hunt for almost every year.
Second, I wanted a caliber that was unique. Everybody and their dog has a 300winmag/rum/wsm, and they are fantastic calibers. But as a personal preference, I wanted something different. I am planning to handload, so factory ammo availability/price for a unique caliber is somewhat irrelevant....
Third, I liked the Mark V action of the weatherbys. I was attracted to the strength, pull, and the uniqueness of it's design.
Being that I'm more of a speed/flat/smaller cal fan, the 30-378 offered the speed, power, versatility, uniqueness, and action that I wanted.........now if I can only save up the $!!!!!!!!