LR or heavyweight for Tundra Grizz?
So, three of us are about to pull the trigger on a Tundra Grizzly hunt for Sept 2012. it's out on the Seward Peninsula. Have hunted there before, for grizz, but took a 62" moose with my 45LC @ 15 yds instead.
This time, I have a better idea of what the terrain consists of; extremely open! Now, I have a purpose built Alaska rifle. A Pre 64 M70, #3, 24"PacNor barrel, D'Arcy Echols Legend stock, VX3 1.75-6 with CDS elev turret. With 250 gr Accubonds I'm deadly out to 500 yds. Weighs about 8-1/2 lbs.
I also have a Pierce action, #3, 26" Broughton barrel, McMillan Rem Sporter Edge filled stock with a 2.5-10x32mm NightForce with NP-R2 reticle. It pushes either 6.5mm, 140 VLD to 2920 or the 140 Nosler Partition to 2860 fps. Either are 1/2 MOA groupers. Weighs about 9 lb 10 oz.
My gut says the 9.3 but the 6.5mm is intriguing to think I could take a bear out to say 790 yds (1800 fps) or 480 yds (1500 FPE) with the 6.5mm.
These bears are known to be agressive and can top 9' squared.