If all goes well I should get the opportunity to do some Bear hunting in Canada in the near future. I have spoken to my FEO and he says I can have a .30 cal to use on Deer in the UK that is also suitable for Bear.
Looking at the muzzle energy of various .30 cal ammunition, I like the idea of having a .300 win mag or .300 Weatherby for Bear. I know that the Weatherby is going to be more expensive to reload ammo for.
I have seen that the Weatherby range of magnum barrels are produced with a long freebore (.361" for a .300WM) as this is how they achieve higher velocities than other makes.
Is this going to seriously reduce barrel life?
Is a stainless or blued barrel more susceptible to burning out?