I need bullet/ammo advice for a fall brown bear hunt I am planning. I already know that some people do not think that caliber or bullet diferences are that great even when hunting brown bear. But, for those of you who think it does or can matter, I would love to have your comments and advice.
I am planning on bringing my .340 Wby. I've bought a bunch of factory ammo for it and assumed that the 250gr Nosler Partition would be the ideal cartridge over any other available factory loads (I don't reload). However, the more I read reviews of the NP on large game, the more it seems to me that the monometal bullets are more reliable.
I love the Barnes TSX bullets, but the .338 225gr TSX boat (the only one loaded in the facgtory) is not a tail bullet like the .338 210gr one or the 180gr .308 bullets I have used in my 300 Win Mag with such happy success. Thus, the 225gr TSX really trails off down range. (I wish someone loaded a 225gr TTSX). Because of that, out to 350 yards or so (I assume roughly the upper limit range for brown bear), it does not really outperform by much my 300 Win Mag out that far. That 225gr TSX Wby factory load is basically loaded 1/2 way between a .338 and a .340. Now, I know that's pretty good, but I wouldn't mind essentially bringing a full-bore .340 load for the big bears. The 250gr NP load does very well down range, but I'd rather use the TSX.
Enter very recently a new Cor-Bon loading in .340 Wby with the relatively inneficient 225gr bullet, but pushing it much faster than the Wby facgtory loading.
Which of the following loadings would you use if you were hunting brown bear with a .340 Wby?
Would you use soem other factory load?
Does Cor-Bon make good rifle ammo? (I've shot plenint of their handgun ammo without fail, but not any rifle ammo).
Any other comments advice?
This is the rifle I will be using:
(The blue rings were an accident. I thought the seller said "blued" rings--meaning black in color).
Thanks in advance.