Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???
Not sure if our poster is still following his/this request for knowledge any more.
However some have taken the time to post some very valid and beneficial information that all can benefit from. 35 years in Kodiak and 2 years in Cordova have taught me many valuable lessons. Guiding taught me a few more.
If your gun is custom and special to you do NOT bring it into the brush country of Alaska. One slip or fall and that pride and joy is now ugly. I saw more than one super special, bought just for the hunt, weapon go from slightly rusty to extremely rusty with finish pealing off the stock.
I have spent a lot of time painting stocks, barreled actions and equipment trying any and everything for Alaska weather of every kind. My hunting rigs are either Nitrided stainless with Synthetic stocks or teflon coated with synthetic stocks. Laminated stocks do move with rainfall. But I am unaware of any honorable guide allowing a hunter to shoot at a brownie past 200 yards.
That being said, your gun is not normally going to have accuracy affected to miss a 200 yard shot.
A 200 grain premium 30 caliber bullet like the Barnes will flat out hammer any bear when putting the shot through both shoulders. Brownies are not very good at reading so are not impressed with the energy people say this cartridge produces. Like what has been said, 33 caliber diameter bullets and larger hit harder because of the larger surface diameter.
I do understand that a $15,000.- $20,000. hunt many times does not leave extra money for another gun. Be confident that the gun you have will more than do the job. An aweful lot of Bear have fallen to the 30-06!
I killed my first with a 358 Win Handgun and a 200grain Hornady.