Ive been having great fun with my encore 50 cal. Its shooting just about everything very well inside 100 yards, including heavy conicals and powerbelts.
I'm thinking about going on a trip where Ill sit in a ground blind along a salmon creek and try to get a brown bear this fall.
Should I go with my 50 cal or get a bigger caliber? again inside 50 yards I can make clover leafs with the 410 grain great plains bullets or the 385 grain power belt bullets. Also 300 grain xtp/mags shoot great.
One rifle that interests me is the cabelas sporterized hawken carbine in 54 cal. It has a 1 in 28 twist but only a 21" barrel. The regular length gun has a 1 in 48 twist, and ive not heard that that is a good twist for anything so Im not real interested in that. But again, about 80 percent of the BP rifles out there have this twist, so maybe it isnt all that bad.