I’m thinking you shouldn’t be looking for anything in a brown bear rifle other than schmutz. Anyway, according to Layne Simpson’s column in rifleshootermag.com, you’d best blast a brown bear with a rifle using a McMillan stock (in the Griffin & Howe pattern) boasting a Lilja 23 1/2 inch barrel chambered in .358 Shooting Times Alaskan. (That’s an 8mm rem. mag necked to .358 dontchaknow.) Oh wait. Simpson also shot a bear with a pre-production Remington Model 700 in .300 Ultra Mag. Ursine-elimination-wise, Simpson also keeps a Marlin 1895 in .50 B&M Alaskan handy. In fact, most of Simpson’s supersonic soliloquy is about bear hunting cartridges rather than rifles. Bottom line: “bullet performance and placement far outweigh everything else in importance.” As it always does.