Looks like you got it covered. Here in Ky. we are just now getting bear seasons, as a matter of fact this is only the second year in my county. I'm using a marlin 444SS this year which will be my first time hunting bears. You guys got some awesome country to hunt for bears! Here it's like one of the other gentlemen from WV and VA said it's thick and gnarly but I can't wait to try. In your case it looks to me like the best all around choice would be the 30.06 but in reality here in the U.S. it usually is hard to beat.