So its posible that next year I may go on a brown bear hunt. Currently Im shooting 66.5grs of H-4831 below a 180gr Barns TSX's out of my 300WSM at 2775fps. I didn't do any further load development with any other "faster" powders cuz my gun liked it there and it was fine for black bears. My question is, is it a reasonable idea to work up a hotter load and expect to take a brownie (that is before he eats me). Just to be clear I'm a little skeptical about this myself. I have had a couple close encounters with brown bears before and understand there size and power. The reason I'm asking is that a friend of mine said I might be fine with this (I would be hunting with him and he carries a 35 Whelan). One part of me says just get a new gun. On the other hand I know the 30-06 has taken many a brownie and a hot 300WSM would be a bit more than that. Plus the wife is all ready going to kill me when she sees the bill from the gun I'm having built right now, let alone when I ask to buy another one. Any information or opinions would be apprecaited.