I totally agree, but the Ops first post asks "would it be suitable for elk or any bear?" Suitable? many Inuit up here hunt polar bears with a 223. But they get very close to one, unseen to do it. I am just suggesting unless the op dares to get a lot closer to his 'any bear' that he gets one that for sure he can trust his life on. From what I have seen up here, the hunters who hunt 'any bear' use much bigger guns with almost double the grain weight in said bullets for a reason. It is against the law up here to wound a bear and leave it. Is the op willing to go into a thicket and look for the bear with that gun?
Agreed! If I was going to hunt Browns in AK, my first choice would probably be either a .375 H&H or a lever action v.45-70 with heavy handloads.
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