Can't let this thread die on the old forum... Ok, we've established so far that the gun doesn't make the kill, the hunter does. But, there are good and not so good tools for the task, and since expert opinions abound, how about identifying: 1.) An appropriate weapon to HUNT grizzly bear. My assumption is .375 caliber and up, including .45-70. A friend of mine says .45-70 would be unadvisable, that .375 H&H is the minimum. Others say .300 Win Mag is the minimum and that .338 Win Mag is preferred. Others say that .30-06 will take anything on the continent. What say the experts? 2.) An appropriate weapon to carry while hiking or otherwise travelling in bear country with anything less than a monster truck. To me, a longarm wouldn't seem too big of a deal to carry (the joy of having one would be worth the effort). My preference would be a Mossberg 12ga pump shotgun with rifled slugs. Some say to alternate slugs and buck, is there a reason for this? And is there a particular advantage to a semi auto, or is a pump just as good? I'm pretty good with a pump, but wouldn't mind an excuse to buy another gun. 3.) A weapon to keep around in case one comes by and the classic behavioral stuff doesn't work. Nothing's too big for this category. 4.) I heard of a guy who taught in Alaska and carried an SKS to school every day on his snowmobile. If visiting a friend in the northernmost edge of Alaska, should one consider assisting in the public defense by bringing their tactical rifles, say AK-47 or HK-91 with them?