Originally Posted by lunchbox0311
I am thinking about buying a .338 win mag for a brown bear hunt and was wanting to see what you all thought about which brand of gun might be better?
To the OP's question, I think the 338wm is an excellent cartridge for larger North American game. I've shot a lot of black bears with it and two grizzly. Good results, one shot kills, every time.
I would definitely use a premium bullet like a Barnes, Nosler Partition or Swift AFrame - I view as cheap insurance. I shoot 250grn and 275 grn Swift AFrames over 71 grns of H4831sc. I like the Swifts terminal performance although I've only recovered one bullet the wound channels have been large and consistent.
Now rifles are a subjective topic and with that caveat I'll offer my view. I think well of the Winchester Model 70 and the Ruger Hawkeye for new rifles. For second hand a Model 70 Classic would be excellent or one of the old Belgian FN Brownings if you could find one.
To the other discussion around stopping rifles... I've had good results with my 416 Rigby. While it has not yet taken a Grizzly it sure has leveled a couple of large black bears. I shoot 400grn Swift AFrames at about 2400fps in this rig. The recoil does take some getting used to but if you work past it the accuracy and terminal results are impressive.