Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?
I've carried rifles with dms, M-14s & M-16s, but all of my hunting rifles have been hfp bolt rifles. I'm thinking about a .338 Edge with a dm for my next addition to the stable.
To those who favor a single shot rifle and precision shooting you can keep that thought. I live and hunt in a place where most everyone that I know who has spent much time in the field has had a close encounter with grizzl(y)ies and it sometimes involves more than one bear. It can happen so fast that there isn't time to bring the rifle to your shoulder, would you want your life to depend on one shot from the hip? I know that most of the single shot proponents are not hunting in grizzly country when they make that statement and I'm not against the one shot one kill ideology but you can't plan for everything.
I've had to go into the alders after a wounded griz along a long time hunting partner and the original shooter. During that episode my partner, Interarms .458 Win. mag in tow, shot and hit the bear coming at him, the bear turned and we continued after it. After shooting he cycled the bolt but failed to notice the recoil had opened the hinged floor plate and dropped all the rounds out the bottom. When we got close to the wounded bear he was the only one who could see the bear and raised his rifle to fire only to hear a resounding "click". Fortunately the bear was so far gone that all it could do was raise its head giving me the opportunity to gain a vantage point so that I could put a 300 gr. Swift A-frame out of my .375 H&H into the bear to finish it off. The .458 was later modified so that the possibility of a hfp opening was gone.
I know that this site is about long range hunting and going into the brush after a wounded bear isn't about lrh but if you hunt around dangerous game you never know what might happen. Another friend and sometime hunting partner was going after a moose that he had spotted a long way from camp when he startled an apparent sleeping 8' interior grizzly while going through a waist high willow thicket. The bear had enough time to bluff charge once, turn and then come at him again as he was pulling his Rem. 700 BDL .300 Win. mag off his shoulder. His recollection of events later indicated that the rifle came off his shoulder smoothly and there were no hiccups with getting the rifle ready to fire but he still had no time to get the rifle to his shoulder. He shot from the hip and the bear turned after he fired the first shot, the second, third and forth shots were fired from the shoulder and the bear was finished. He reported that the forth shot may not have been needed but insurance is a good thing. The point of this being that most of my hunting is done above tree line and lends itself to long range shots because of a lack of cover but can still get into a situation where close encounters can happen.
I've got more tales of hunting in Alaska but that is for another time for now let me say that I think that I will try a dm on my next rifle but I'm keeping the .375 when I know that I'm going to be in the thick stuff.