or other similar (or larger) caliber rifle?
Dennis Confer (Hunt Alaska Now!, http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/sto...roducts_id=244) seemed to be doing just fine with his 7mm, until sometime after he encounters a large, VW- size brown bear, he switches to a .375. Tony Russ too I think switches from .338 to .375 for bears.
This winter, a .375HH-shooting friend showed me video from his Fall'09 caribou hunt with a smaller-caliber-shooting friend. The .375 shooter used (way) fewer cartridges. Another friend likes his .375 for knocking down moose. And Joe Want, a Fairbanks guide who taught most of the Bear Hunting Clinic last month, made a point of how much less bears in particular travel after being shot with larger calibers. Bears more than other species seem to lead hunters to opt for a step-up in caliber.
On another terrific thread (http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=18267), there's a recent black bear hunting tale which includes this: "...and started off down the mountain AGAIN, hit twice with a .308 (one lung/one abdomen after he was running) and one FMJ to the heart".
I wonder how many hunters switched to a .375 or higher caliber rifle after some tribulations on large game, especially bears... or maybe moose. What makes people buy .375 or more?