I've got a bad shoulder. While I'm 99% a shotgun shooter I find that too heavy of a load will impact my shooting.
I'm returning to Alaska this summer for a month of backbacking in the North Fork of the Chandalar ( Brooks R) where I worked ( as a kid)for the late Master Guide Red Adney. Being 64 ( great shape for an old fart) I have to travel light. I'm not there to hunt but I do have a very bad allergy to being chewed on.
I was thinking about buying a 450 marlin and putting a muzzle brake on it but frankly don't think I could handle the recoil just to sight it in and practice with let alone use. Therefore, I'm thinking of carrying just a 30/30 that I know I can handle.
In 1967 this Eskimo that worked for Red claimed to have killed over 30 grizzlies ( why is beyond me) with his 30/30. While I was there another Eskimo from Anatuvkic Pass (spell) was charged by a sow w 2 cubs. He killed the bear w his 30/30. ( Red was really pissed - said he didn't give the bear a chance to back off )
Anyway, maybe I'm nuts but it seems if you have a bad shoulder and would only shoot as a last resort that a 30/30 in the head should stop a 500 pound bear at very close range.
Of course the oddes of having to use it are slim. Your experienced comments would be appreciated. Thanks