Elk, Caribou, Moose, and Bear Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by rich219, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. rich219

    rich219 Member

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    Next year I'm hunting out west for muleys and I think I might head out for elk too. 2015 I am planning on heading to AK to hunt caribou and black bear. Within a few years I also plan to head to AK for grizzly and moose.

    I am looking for one rifle that will handle all of the above. Right now I'm looking at the Savage 116 Alaskan Brush Hunter in 338WM.

    Only concern is the 20" barrel.

    What will be the effective range of this rifle with the 338WM round and a 20" barrel?


    I'm open to suggestions on other rifles as well. I'm not looking for a custom built rifle though.
     
  2. TH

    TH Well-Known Member

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    Effective range with reloaded bullets would be around 700 to 800 yards with proper bullets and reloaded ammunition. I would suggest a 375 HH lots of Alaska guides prefer the 375 for big bears and moose. But all animals can be killed with a well placed shot. A 300 win mag with proper optics and ammo with a well placed shot can be a 1500 yard gun. It all depends on your skills and experience.
     

  3. rich219

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    Thanks for the reply, 700-800 yards far exceeds any practical shot I could see myself taking.

    300WM was my other choice. Is the "stopping" power of the 338WM preferred to that of the 300WM?
     
  4. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

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    Id go for the savage bear hunter in 338wm or 375 ruger. 375 ruger should be plenty for grizzly bears
     
  5. 7magmike

    7magmike Well-Known Member

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    The gun that I would be using in your situation is my Remington sendero in 300 ultra mag.
     
  6. skyfish25

    skyfish25 Well-Known Member

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    While I'm a huge 7mm fan. When you have bear(the big mean brown kind)in your list, and moose. Let's get more pow. 325 WSM would be great. My first choice, after that a 30 cal magnum or a 338 something.
     
  7. robert6715

    robert6715 Well-Known Member

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    338 WM is pretty common up here for people who want 1 rifle

    Rob
     
  8. Jim in Cali

    Jim in Cali Well-Known Member

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    A 300 Weatherby is a great choice for everything you mentioned to hunt.
     
  9. Varberger757

    Varberger757 Well-Known Member

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    If I were you I'd go for a 8mm RemMag. Perfect performance from deer up to moose/ dangerous game out to distancies of 1k. gun)
     
  10. rich219

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    I think I will end up with the 338WM.

    It will probably come down to either a Remington 700 or Winchester M70? Any clear cut winner over these two models?
     
  11. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Rem 700 in 7mm STW shooting Berger 180 Hybrids. It'll kill anything on the planet very effectively.
     
  12. jrsolocam

    jrsolocam Well-Known Member

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    .300 WSM, Win, Wby, Dakota, RUM. 200 Accubond. 338's better for moose and brown bear. Compromises...
     
  13. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    .340 Weatherby, or .338 RUM.
     
  14. Chandalar

    Chandalar Well-Known Member

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    I prefer the 20" barrels up here. Also I would like to say that I think you are hard pressed to go with a better cartridge/ caliber than the 338 Win mag, with a quality hunting bullet.