I'm itching for a new rifle. I like to take hunting trips where I hunt from a backpack and camp out. Sometimes I'll set up a base camp a ways in. In the past I have used an old lever action Winchester 94 in 30-30 for this. I am starting to put some ideas together for a hunt in the Adirondacks in the fall. I am thinking about buying a Browning stainless BLR takedown. I like the idea that it can be taken apart and put inside a pack. I also want a repeater in stainless. I have a few .30 calibers already so I was thinking of going with a .358 Winchester. Any thoughts on this caliber for woods hunting for bear and deer?
I love the 35 cal. My dad loves the Whelen. Always said it was a hard hitter. I shoot a 35 rem in a 14 inch barreled contender and it is accurate and is a hammer. However, it has a limited range. My 35 cal rifle is a 358 Winchester. On a Ruger frontier. I love this little rifle. I think it is the perfect balance between the 35 cals for rifles and your choice in rifles for your purpose seems ideal!