Re: buyin a new bear cal
If you want some of the Ultimate Bear Medicine, look no further than a now, sadly, obsolete caliber in the Winchester .348. Not a belted magnum that rattles the teeth.
The late father-in-law got a Win lever action in that .348, that puppy pushes a 220 grain nugget of death an just the right speed for accuracy at bear distances and my gosh, shoot it in low light an FLAME shoots out the barrel.
And, when before she (was silly enough to) became Mrs. DFA, as a little ol' 105 pound high school cheerleader, she could put them all in the six-inch kill zone with this combination. It was surprisingly gentle, that big chunk of lead ate a lot of the recoil.
Too bad the world had to become fascinated with hyper velocities of those belted magnums, each and every animal that Win .348 ever was fired at wore a tag. And whatever it hit, that target knew it was hit, big time.
Sorry for the nostalgia, but that gun is great to shoulder and shoot with those open sights and lever action. On a deer sized target, it's coming off it's feet and flying sideways in the opposite direction.
A closed mind keeps the truth out