Originally Posted by sportmuaythai
Concur! But I'd add that very good bullet is also a prime requisite. Nosler PT is my preference. I'ven't shot many browns, just one 8'3" in the peninsular with a 30-06, griz in Yukon that got my guide Rick Furniss his silver buckle with a 270, and a Russian griz 8'10"with a 300win plus a NWT polar just over 9' with 300win. BTW I always hunt bear with guide. He can carry the cannon.
Sounds like you hunt a lot so a little heads up for you.
I live around and have hunted coastal bears for just under 4 decades. Big bears are my life long passion and despite that I have never managed to collect an honest 8 foot bear....Life goes like that I guess
You are a lucky man!
The Nosler Partition is a fantastic bullet, but I have twice killed brownies with 300Win 180gr "Partition Wadcutters" when the front core blows off in the fatnfur...Not ideal!
Both times was with a wet bear and steep shot angles....all I got was pinholes in the lungs and heart.
I also drilled an extremely large Bison with a 300Win 200gr Partition broadside with the exact same results. 8 times!
I'm not bashing the Partition, but I think you are better off with a bit less velocity with the 180 partition on very large game....Or a bigger bullet.
I have never seen this happen with a 30-06, 338, or 375.
To date the 300Win loaded with the 200Partition remains one of my all time favorite combinations for its unbelievable effect on game...I just dont use it on coastal grizz or Bison any more.
To the OP:
The 338Win is a good killer. Works fine on coastal brownies.
Be advised it is a killer, not a crusher.