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I'm looking for a lever action bear defense gun for backpacking in grizzly country (Alaska, wyoming, etc). I think i've narrowed it down to the marlin or w 94 in .444. However it seems winchester dropped the Big Bore model from their catalog. I was wondering if maybe the 94 can't handle the .444 because I hear good things about the other calibres. Any input? The marlin guys are getting pretty convincing! Thanks.
 

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Re: M94 or Marlin

Would defintely consider the Marlin guide gun in .444 or .45-70. Looks small enough to not be a bother backpacking. Both cartridges should be okay for bear. You might consider a "mountain rifle" in a stouter caliber, .300 Win. Short Mag., .35 Whelen, or such.
 
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