Re: .338 Lapua for Mountain Goats?
The 338 Lapua is just about as ideal for Kodiak as you can get if you can only bring one caliber. I think that you guys will have a great time, the blacktails are very plentiful. You will probably not encounter any bears, but even if you did you will not have anything to worry about considering you're carrying the 338LM.
Hope this helps,
Oh yeah, coming from an ol' Arkansas boy, man it gets pretty chili in November. Especailly in the higher elevations.
A country boy can survive!