Re: Which Caliber/Rifle to Choose?
Like you, I live in and do most of my hunting in AK. I have two goto rifles. One 308 and one 338 Edge. 95% of the game I have taken has been with the 308 including most of the moose, all but one of the 6 dall rams and one mt. goat and 3 blacktails. I have taken over 20 big game critters in this state and only 6 have been with a caliber other than the 308 ranging between 25 yards and 763 yards, 150 pounds to 1800 pounds.
I am not saying you need a 308. I am saying you dont need a super caliber. Choose what you are comfortable with and what will offer you decent barrel life and economical reloading so that you can actually get out there and practice be it a 708 or a 300wsm.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.