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Old 05-19-2010, 12:58 AM
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Need help with Alaska rifle

Hey guys. Just got to Alaska and I'm trying to get my Alaska Rifle together. Since I havn't been able to find a 700 P in 7mm Mag for a decent price I've decided to look into other rifles. I'm looking at a Rem 700 XCR in 338 RUM. Anybody have one of these??? Anybody shoot one far. I'm looking at the XCR because most of the big stock, heavy barreled guns are just too heavy to pack up a couple mountains. I'm curious how the 338 RUM would handle a 300 gr Berger or SMK. I have also considered a 700 P in 300RUM. What are your guys opinion on the 300 RUM as well. I plan on using this for everything in Alaska, from goat to grizzly.

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Old 05-19-2010, 02:40 AM
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:56 AM
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Re: Need help with Alaska rifle

your intended range would come into play

if was intending on hunting grizzles or in grizzly country the smallest i would use would be .338 know that being said 300rum would get it done but 338rum is a good round its overkill on goats but

i have witch to from the remmy's to savage's and have not look back both are good rifle's but out of the box savage are great

might look at 338wsm too

their are a lot of varibles that come into play more info on what you want long range backpack mainly goats, caribo, or bear we could give better advice

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Old 05-19-2010, 11:25 AM
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Thanks Mopar

I plan to carry it in an eberlestock pack. It would be nice to shoot 800-1,000 yrds. I'm not real worried about overkill. Dead is dead, especially when I may have to throw the rifle to my shoulder in response to a charging Grizzly. I'm just curious if the rem XCR will hold tight at 800 to 1,000.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:53 AM
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If I hunted in Alaska, I would carry at least a .338 cal. My 1st choice in that caliber would be a .340 Wby with 250gr Nosler Partitions. A good .375 H & H or a .416 Rem Mag would be better if you were hunting bear or moose, or expected to encounter them. I have handled and weighed rifles in all three calibers. The heaviest was 9 1/2 lbs. scoped with a brake.

I've seen a lot of posts by knowledgeable hunters who advocated smaller caliber rifles such as a .30 cal, but if I was about to be stomped or eaten, I'd hate to go out thinking "damn, I could have brought more rifle".

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Old 05-20-2010, 08:22 PM
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A 300 rum will get the job done but, IMHO I'd opt for a 338. Remy's can be a roll of the dice out of the box for accuracy, I'd opt for a Savage.

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Old 05-21-2010, 05:33 PM
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Not sure about the XCR but the RUM family of cartridges seem to display excellent accuracy as a norm out of Rem 700's. I've owned all but the 375 RUM in a 700 and accuracy was well under moa with the other RUMs. My 338 RUM is a sporter weight and is ported, recoil is about like a 270 with no muzzle jump. 225 gr Accubonds group under an inch at 200 yards and the two deer I shot with it weren't torn up bad at all. I'd opt for a stouter bullet for grizzly/brown bear, anything less than that it would work like a charm.
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