Heck. I dithered too long on which 416 to get, and just found a great deal on a 375 Wby DGR.
Someone bought it 5 years ago, never shot it, and sold it with 5 boxes of Wby 300gr NPs for $2.5K. So, I basically got the rifle as new for $2K. I would be fine with the 340 Accumark, but for brown bear, I like the idea of having the 24-inch barrel and iron sights just in case. A big part of me wanted to go bigger, like the 416 (I just like crazy big things). But, with that deal, I thought I could use it on my Alaskan hunt and decide to stick with it next year in S.A., or go bigger. Maybe I will move up through the calibers until I reach my limit whatever that may be.
Aside from my rife choice (largely based on my familiarity with Wby Mark Vs), did I make a good choice? Aside from the Wby 300gr NPs, the only other factory ammo is Nosler's 260gr Accubond loading (3,000fps) and A-Square's 300gr solids. Am I right that the 300gr NPs moving at 2,800fps would be almost ideal for brown bear or at least is the best option among the three? As far as the Accubonds, I'm leary of using a bonded lead-core, non-partitioned bullet on anything big and feisty. I could get some hand-loaded ammo, like a 270gr or 300gr TSX or the larger 300gr Accubond or something, but I already have 5 boxes of the 300gr NPs.
Has anyone had any experience with the Accubonds out of a 375 cal rifle?
Would it be a bad idea to mount a bipod on the barrel-mounted sling stud? If it's not a terrible idea, mitigating factors may be that I would/could sight in using the bipod, and the barrel is fairly heavy on that rifle. Or is it just a bad idea?
Thanks in advance for any comments.