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

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Old 12-23-2012, 12:57 AM
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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.

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Old 12-23-2012, 03:03 PM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

Thanks everyone for the recommendations and advise. I haven't given many replies but have been soaking in all of this information. I checked into the extra laminated stock idea but then got steered in the direction that if I'm paying for that and the work that I might as well buy a new rifle. Then I came to the conclusion I didn't have the money to be doing that. Fortunately, one of my friends has recently offered the use of his 375 built specifically for an Alaskan brown bear hunt. He's offered it up multiple times and this sounds like my best option. I hope to be able to go test this rifle out soon once the load is resolved and the scope is tailored for proper conditions. He's had some excellent results already with a 300 gr. TSX (2" at 400 and 4" at 600 yards, 5 mph wind). I'm thinking this could be pretty ideal as I should have a wolf tag in pocket and would like to be prepared for a long shot if necessary. The backup plan is a relatives wooden stock 460. He's taken it on this same hunt in the past and isn't worried about the weather. Still, I'm hesitant with the idea...

Thanks again to all for the replies. Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:10 AM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

Sounds good execpt for the long range, but if its a wolf then long range is good. . Brown bear should be taken from as close as you can get to them. Some P.Hs up here like the 50 yard mark. Close enough to insure a good hit but far enough so the client doesn't soil himself or blow a no brainier shot.
I like less than 50 feet. And 20' is real exciting. With a 375 you should be good to go.
Are you able to Handload for the rifle. A mid book load using an inexpensive 270 gr.bullet makes a great field shooting practice load.
What scope is in the rifle. A 2-7x Leupold with a heavy duplex reticule is pretty ideal.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:21 AM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

The 460 is like the Hammer of Thor on brown bear. But with a 500 gr bullet at 2600 fps you will think that hammer hit you. A 350 gr TSX @2800 fps is pretty easy shooting and is like a death ray if put close to the right spot. Also, there are no bad angles on a bear with that combo as long as the impact is online with the vitals. I was shooting that bullet from my Lott at 2700 fps and it wasn't bad at all from that 9.3 lb rifle. I wanted to put that barrel on a 416Rigby action and have it reamed to 460 but I traded it before I did.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:28 AM
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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear hunt + Rain + Wooden Stock = ???

The long range reference was for the wolf. I will shoot from where the guide recommends and no further on a brownie. Will also keep that in mind on the lighter loads. Thanks. The scope I believe goes down to a 2 power, I'm thinking he got a VX-6...
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