From what I gather (I could be wrong) he was carrying a 30-06 that was possibly an old M1 garand (or variant) style rifle. From what I've read, he was a tough and well trained Marine too.
The bear was gaining on him so fast that he had to go from an attempt to avoid the bear, to defending his life. He only got one shot off, and it was done, the bear was on him. They claim he didn't even hit the bear. It makes me wonder if this man would have real life lessons to teach some of the forum members on here who have pipe dreams of high capacity magazines and rapid firing rifles chambered for diminutive cartridges like the 7.62x39. It also makes me wonder why some know-it-all forum members from other states like Florida, are telling Alaskans what is proper bear protection.
Starring into the eyes of a 9 ft. tall bear (or larger) standing only 20 yds from my boat with my son and hunting partner with me, it changed my perception a bit. Every time I sleep alone out there, I remember that we let that bear live the year prior, and he is still roaming around, and he has quite a reputation. The bear that tore that man's flesh off his body like butter is still roaming free, and in the same game management unit, the large bear I let go is still out there too.