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Old 10-27-2011, 09:58 AM
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I am from Northern Alaska, I hunt brown and black bears, caribou and moose on the open tundra. Sitting on the tundra you have 5+ miles visibility. My only rifles are chambered in 7.62x54 and .30-06. I want a rifle that I can use to reach out a little farther then my .30-06. I want something that shoots relatively flat. In the winter I haven't had much luck with rangefinders, probably due to the combination of snow, ice glare and sub -20 temps.

Will a 7mm win mag cut it out to 5-600 yards or should I look at rifles in 7mm RUM?

I wouldnt think of a 7mm on a bear unless it was in self defense! And personally..as far as the short magnums..regardless of its a RUM or a WSM....I dont want either. Where you say your located...you cant run down to the local "WallMart" and buy weird ammo. Id use a .338 Winchester Magnum...you know..the REAL 338 Mag. With a 20 pack of some top notch factory ammo in one coat pocket and a pack of some real super heavies in another pocket...THEN Id be ready to hunt large bears
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:04 AM
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Did bear all of a sudden get a lot tougher than they were in the old days? Ive seen bear killed with a 270. Jack oconnor killed bear with a .17 javelina... I dont know everyone thinks you have to have a tank to kill a bear. I will admit that at longer ranges a tank might be necessary, but Bear cant see for ****. I think you could easily get into range without being spotted if you wanted to use a 7mm. I say go for it! Im a huge .300 win/wsm/rum fan but you choose to go with a 7mm there is nothing wrong with that if you ask me...
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:26 PM
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Somebody always has to dig up Jack....If I was going to get drunk and shoot holes in my foot I'd favor smaller calibers also. If he was alive today Outdoor Life would be sending him to celebrity rehab with Lindsey and the rest of them!
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Somebody always has to dig up Jack....If I was going to get drunk and shoot holes in my foot I'd favor smaller calibers also. If he was alive today Outdoor Life would be sending him to celebrity rehab with Lindsey and the rest of them!

HA!! love it!

And ishootkittens, Brown bear are tough and a big job, especially at LR. Im a carpenter and when I go to dig a foundation, I use and excavator. A shovel works... kinda. Jack O'Connor can shovel all he wants, Im using an excavator. especially when the hole bits back.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:45 PM
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HA!! love it!

And ishootkittens, Brown bear are tough and a big job, especially at LR. Im a carpenter and when I go to dig a foundation, I use and excavator. A shovel works... kinda. Jack O'Connor can shovel all he wants, Im using an excavator. especially when the hole bits back.
I believe the primary question was... will a 7mm WORK for me..And just as you stated "A shovel works..." SO WILL A 7mm...It may not be an excavator (338, 300rum, etc) but "A shovel works..."
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I believe the primary question was... will a 7mm WORK for me..And just as you stated "A shovel works..." SO WILL A 7mm...It may not be an excavator (338, 300rum, etc) but "A shovel works..."
I don't think you'll find a guide in AK who would allow much less recommend you take shots at big browns at long range with a 7mm Rem.

It's a simple matter of physics and the 7mm Rem Mag simply lacks the energy and penetrating power to gurantee a kill even when properly placed at long range.
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Re: will a 7mm work for me?

Maybe our definition of long range is different then. He said 500 yards. I think a 7mm with the right bullets and shot placement is plenty for what he wants it to do...If its a guided hunt in the middle of the tundra, im sure the guide could get him closer to a brown bear. Everyone knows bear cant see for ****.
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