i've got a buddy who is going grizzly hunting. he wants to know if his 35 remington marlin levergun would be good
I am no expert but that seems a little light to me. I am looking forward to seeing the responses.
It would be excellent for Black bear, probably light for Brown bear.
ya that's what i was thinkin guys
Will it work? With proper shot placement, yes. Is it a good choice? No. If he wants to use a levergun on large toothy critters, that can out run, out jump, and in many cases out think you, something along the lines of the 45-70 or 450 mag would be much better. Personally, I think this is ideal large toothy critter medicine.
Loaded with some of Buffalo Bore's or Garrett's heavy hardcast ammo it would more than suffice.
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
something along the lines of the 45-70 or 450 mag would be much better.
Do you mean 450 Marlin....?
Bigger is better, but a 35 rem will drop a grizzly. There a topic with a post, that I can't dig up, with a hunter taking a grizzly with his 6.8 mini-14
yall are right. he's looking into getting one of those 45-70 marlin guide guns
*I would hate for him towaste anexpensive trip the new rifle is probably cheap compared to hunting the grizzly.
I have a good friend that is an outfitter and guide for grizzly hunts in Alaska. He was complaining to me one day about men who buy huge magnums to hunt these bears, go to sight them in, and are then afraid of them. Once they're scared of the recoil they develop an awful flinch and make bad shots. He stated that he would rather have a hunter with a .30-06 that could place his shot than have a hunter with a huge magnum that was going to wound a bear. Then again, he packed a classic action Winchester in .375 H&H that he was VERY proficient with.
Moral of the story, shot placement. A good premium bullet is the second part of the equation. The .35 Remington, with the proper load and shot placement is sufficient. Not to say it will be the quickest kill he's ever had, and the guide (at least I assume it's a guided hunt) will be telling him to put a second round in the bear no matter what the caliber.
The best thing for him to do before he goes bringing a rifle he isn't has comfortable with, or buying another rifle, would be to talk to his guide or outfitter. If he isn't hunting with a guide (which I think is foolish on greater bears) he should try to contact someone with experience hunting grizzly bears (note the plural.)
If he's not a resident then hell have to have a guide for griz.