Re: 338win mag brown bear
Another reason to step up to the 375 H&H or Ruger is to get a shorter barrel. With a 338 you won't get very good performance from a short barrel. When hunting brownie's you are often walking through the alders and less barrel is better. 99% of the shots on brownie's are under 100 yds, you don't want to have to reach out for one. I am going on my 2nd brownie hunt this fall and chose to change rifles for this hunt. I got a Sako in 375 H&H with a 20" barrel. Getting 2600 fps with a 300 g Swift A Frame.
My old bear rifle had a Leupold 2.5x8 on it. I am looking at getting a Leupold VX R 2x7 for this one. You might check them out. Have heard nothing but good about these scopes, not a bad price for a lighted reticle and I have never had a Leupold fail me. Like said previously, put the red dot on it and go bang! With dim light on a dark bear, crosshairs can be hard to see.