My buddy and I got into a philosophical debate about whether or not to shoot a brown/grizz with a .444 Marlin. We were MOOSE hunting and I stated that I was bringing the .444. He thought that I should bring my .338 since we were in bear country. I informed him that I wouldn’t hesitate to shoot a brown/grizz if the right opportunity came up; right place, right time, terrain was good, shot was less than 100yds, etc. I am shooting 265 grain Hornady LeverRevolutions. I would have preferred to shoot 335 grain Buffalo Bore’s, but did not and have not sighted in with them.
What do you think? I was also packing a .44 mag pistol. Bear in mind (no pun intended) that this ISN’T a BEAR HUNT. It was a MOOSE hunt. If I were hunting brownies on Kodiak I would have brought my .338 for sure. A chance encounter in the Interior, I went with the .444 and though if I saw a legal bear and the situation was right, I’d take it.