Okay the talk on what caliber is ideal for ie Brown bear and moose and whatever else. I was always told that it is the amount of energy the bullet is delivering at the time of impact. I know there are fellas shooting brown bears with whatever heck my good friend shot an 8 1/2 brown bear last year with a 300 win mag with a 168 Barnes TSX bullet. Anyhow the talk on the 308 everyone says shot placement but don't you all think the amount of energy that bullet is carrying has alot to do with it as well. Heck if you take that thought process on shot placement then I could use a 25-06 or whatever else with a 120gr nosler partition and call it good. But what is that bullet carrying for energy at 100yds?? Versus lets say a 250gr bullet out of 338 win mag or 358 norma mag. The norma mag is delivering over 4400 ft lbs of energy at the muzzle. The 375 H&H is doing the same thing as well. On thin skinned animals like deer and caribou muzzle energy is important but is not a deal breaker. When you shoot a bear at 50 yds with a 338, 358 or 375 look at how much energy that bullet is putting into that animal. Me I can shoot the 338 and up pretty darn good so I will stick with those with a big well made bullet like the nosler partition and call it good. As far using a 308 you can keep it. I'm sure everyone is good shot but man all it takes is a bad shot and things can go wrong real quick versus a bad shot with a big boomer at least you will put the hurting on that animal and hopefully take the fight out of him. I have seriously thought about getting a 458 Lott for brown bear hunting I figure a 500gr slug at 50-100yds will ruin his day for sure. But who can handle the recoil? Off the bench you would probably use a lead sled and whatever else. In a hunting situation you will never feel the recoil becuase of the andrenalin (sp). Just my thoughts on the on this subject.