Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???
This thread is getting a bit old but I figure to offer my $.02 as it is a subject I know something about. I lived in Sitka for 15 years but worked 9 miles north of the wettest weather station in the continental US, it was not unusual to average 2" a day during the entire month of October and averaged over 200" annually. During my time there I hunted an average of ~60+ days a year for deer, brown bear, black bear, mountain goats and ducks. Most of the time with a stainless synthetic gun but had plenty of opportunity to use wood/blued as well.
First off i would not recommend your gun for a bear hunt, 30-378 is certainly adequate but a bit over powered and under bored to be ideal. In most instances something like a a .338 WM or larger would be better suited. You dont really need something to shoot 600yds in most instances, especially if it is rainy, with associated fog and wind. I don't know where you are hunting so can not say about shot distances or hunting method. Most 30-378s also have 26"+ barrels that are not real convenient for close work. That being said, your wood stock will work fine but be prepared for it to develop some character (scratches, dings, etc) and i would do as others recommended and coat all surfaces and exposed grain with a quality penetrating wax, especially the barrel channel which most people neglect. i would also use a thick based protectant like LPS3 to coat all hidden metal, there are a lot of nice looking guns out there that are rusted to crap inside the stock. If it is a boat based hunt get a Pelican case for the plane/boat/skiff or a specialized dry bag and soft case for the skiff. I would also make sure once the hunt starts and the gun gets a bit wet to check and make sure the fore end does not swell or warp and start putting pressure on the barrel.
My thoughts on the subject, take it for what it's worth.