I know two guys that just swung rifle from hip and both made deadly shots,one was on swan hill.On a mountain lion,155 # tom,He turned just in time to see it jumping at him.Thats right above Bigfork,MT. lots houses up there ,he was whitetail hunting.Mason my friend worked with shot a cat on his back,grazed his own head,backpack helped save him.Ive I remember they both had '06.
The majority I know pack rifle,because tough terrain.Hard to have extra gear.Bow hunt,or riding in on pony,pack in case thrown off,then you bear bait.NWMT area of MT has largest and highest density in state.
I know the guy well who a couple years ago shot the Griz off his son in the south Fork.
I'm like Cody the last 15 years I don't go into known Griz country alone anymore, but there turning up everywhere.
I'm guilty too !
I only single feed 6 of my 338's !
Those Bergers like to be way out there .
I'm in Grizz country every trip out it seems here in Montana. I dont sweat it though .
I tracked a Grizzly once down by Helmville yes it was crazy but it sure was exciting !!
Look at my picture , it brings back memories everytime I see it !
Anyway I'm headed towards a 375 Rum build next ...it will be single feed too !!
Look at all the 4" boxes I saved !
One and Done is what we all look for anyway right !!
Range work I single load, and I have a couple that have to be single loaded. If I was going to build another big boomer I would just go solid bottom action. I have 3 rifles that have never had a round in the mag, use them at the range exclusively.
The rifles I hunt with I run mag fed except my edge, the 4.1” oal puts a kink in that.
No bear where I hunt. That being said I'm accustomed to having a mag when hunting. I single feed for targets and prairie dogs. May start single feeding once in awhile in a blind. After the first shot all the rest are just noise anyway.
Come to think of it , I always single feed my crossbow when deer hunting.