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Old 02-22-2012, 12:04 PM
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Re: Need advice on caliber for Moose and bear in Alaska.

Originally Posted by alaska great dane View Post
Try a .338 win mag off the shelf. The best advice I can give you and probably more important than the type of gun or optics you bring is this - get in the best shape you can. Alaska is tough and most successful hunting is done on foot.
I agree 100%
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:15 AM
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Re: Need advice on caliber for Moose and bear in Alaska.

Shot placement and comfort with your gun is more important than caliber size. If not used to large calibers, get a 30-06 and shoot, shoot, shoot. Pleanty big to knock down moose and all but the biggest bears.
If you can handle it, shoot something larger like a 300 win mag but again, shoot a lot. Don't buy a large caliber, shoot it twice and head up here. Lots of recoil with a 338 or 375. If not used to it, will be less likely to want to practice and less likely to make a proper shot placement when it might be offered.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:25 AM
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Re: Need advice on caliber for Moose and bear in Alaska.

Thanks fellas.

I haven't heard anything from Shane lately as to whether we are gunna get to go this year or not.

abreitzm- I agree. I'm kind of thinking of building a lightweight sporter in 338RUM. Load it with something like a nosler partition or maybe a TTSX. I know a member here who has one that he built... he said recoil is completely terrible... but it doesnt have a brake on it.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:00 AM
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Re: Need advice on caliber for Moose and bear in Alaska.

Originally Posted by joshua99ta View Post
I'm looking to pick up a new rifle for a hunt scheduled at the end of august.

Im considering 338 RUM, 375RUM, 375 H&H, and 416 Rigby....

I want a larger bore rifle as long as it'll shoot pretty good to 300 yards I'm fine with it.
Funny you should ask. Came across this last night and read all 20 pages. I have been there and done that.

Poll: Your "all around" AK hunting rifle-caliber?

Good luck.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:29 AM
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Re: Need advice on caliber for Moose and bear in Alaska.

If you are flexible in your choice of bullet diameter give the 300 RUM a good look !
with 200 gr. Swift A-Frame bullets in factory loads or handloads it's more than enough out to 300 yards, quite possibly the best close to mid range moose/bear bullet in 30 Cal... IMO

Load up the 200 gr Accubond for shots past 300 yards and then you are also in business out to 500 yards...( & beyond if you are capable )

If you feel undergunned with a 300Rum in bear country bring along a 454 Casull or 500 S&W Mag revolver... wear it in a hip holster on your left side butt forward for quick access ...... just practice with your revolver A LOT and know how to use it !!!!!!!!!

I've been doing all of the above for many years on all of my solo moose hunts in Alaska and have always felt "bear tooth proof".....

Of course with common sense and caution bear encounters can be avoided,
but sometimes stuff does happen and the weight of a big chunk of iron on the hip feels really comforting !!
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