When I was a young man I used to have this vivid nightmare, it was always the same. In it I was moving across the tundra towards two Large browns and I was carrying my Smith 29 with a 6" barrel in my Bill Jordan rig. It was my first 44 Mag and I just loved that gun. I was moving through a deep wash to get closer to the bears. When up ahead at a intersecting wash, I heard a sound and I didn't know what It was. The wash was undercut with grass overflowing the top edge almost to the bottom of the wash. I laid back into the undercut with the grass covering me and pulled my smith out slowly. Looking through the grass, I saw something moving towards me. It was big, really big. It filled the wash. I finally realized it was another brown bear coming right at me. It was only 25yds away and all I could do was cock the gun. I really thought the bear would pass me! When he got close, I mean really close, he stopped. He was three feet away. I was completely covered by the grass when he turned his head directly at me and opened his huge mouth. The smell of death overwhelmed me. The last thing I remember was the blast of the 44. It was pointed into his mouth toward his brain. Then I would wake up soaked. Over the years the nightmare would repeat itself over and over again with always the same ending.
The nightmares have stopped many years ago, but the dream to hunt brown bears is still as strong as ever. I no longer own that wonderful 44, but I have enough Elephant Rifles to take it's place on the frozen tundra when I face that Brown bear for real. So here I am today and when I go to Alaska with my Elephant Rifle it will shoot a 300 to 400 TSX Barnes bullet at 2,000fps, would that be too much gun? What do you think? Take your pick,
Thanks in advance,