I bought my Marlin .44 mag rifle about 25 years ago. I've taken deer and elk with this rifle and I'd not be concerned about the biggest bear around. It shoots flat at 100 yards and depending on the bullet only drops about 3 inches at 150 and about 8 inches at 200 yards. It's easy to shoot, not much of a kick and it's sweet when I need it. Marlin made a jewel with this rifle. - F. E.