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Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:31 PM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

All my rifles have laminated or synthetic stocks. An important thing to remember and practice is to not think a brown bear is impressed with all those ft.lbs of energy that the 30-378 produces. When you do shoot your bear. Hopefully it will be a huge one. Make a good first shot and then several more. Also. It is very important to be able to hit from field positions. Kneeling and offhand. And to be able to go from being in position to take the shot and taking the shot quickly.
The better you shoot and operate your rifle, the greater your chances of success. If you have a smaller, less expensive rifle that you can shoot a lot to practice with or if you can make up reduced recoil loads for the rifle you will hunt with, practice, practice, practice.
From field positions. Wearing the clothes you will wear on your hunt.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:05 PM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

Its easy to read none of you have hunted in Scotland where it can rain constantly for days on end so you have to keep water out of a wooded stock. People have hunted with wooden stocks for over a hundred years .
Take off the barrel and treat the channel with a good wax furniture polish 3-4 coats replace the barrel and wax the outside of the stock it has never failed for me but we dont have bears just rain.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:15 AM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

How much rain falls on the Lock Ness a year
I've lived on the coast of Alaska for close to 28 years. It rains 160" a year on a dry year in Ketchikan. . Sitka is pretty dry with 100" a year.

I used to wax and oil my stocks before synthetic were popular.
Its really important to treat all the ends of the stock. Take off the recoil pad and completely seal it.
Seal all the vertical surfaces in the action mortise . Seal all the wood. But especially the vertical grain.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:10 AM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

The west coast of Scotland averages over 175 inches of rain a year.
I live about 160mls south of Scotland within 20 miles of the of the west coast and it has been a very wet year over 3 days at the begining of October it rained 4 inches of rain but the duck shooting was great we now need some winter weather.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:13 PM
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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.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:28 PM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

Figured I give my 2 cents,I live in Alaska in Fairbanks. I've hunted must in the state for over 25 years and would not recommend a wood stock up here at all. Would be cheaper to restock your rifle for the hunt, then ruin a nice rifle.Personally i would hunt with a 338WM or the trusty old 375 H&H..Up here it could be sunny and 10 minutes later its raining like a wildman. Weather is always changing.
Enjoy the Brown Bear hunt!!!!
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:30 AM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

That's real great advice. I think the 338 is a lot easier to shoot than the big 30 . And I like it a lot better on brown bear I like the 375s much better than either
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