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If everything goes right I will be living in Alaska by April. What rifles would any of you guys suggest I buy and take with me. I'm going to need one for myself and my wife. Thank you in advance for any input you may have. Steve
 

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Well, iv been saving up to go for a while now, im going to bring my .338 WM, and i will get my gf a .338 fed in a hawkeye. I would suggest you bring a rifle with a mauser action, stainless steel, and a 3 position safety
 

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I have a 7.7 jap and a ruger 10/22, I'm going to buy my mom's boyfriends .338 win mag. I was also thinking about a .300 win mag for me and a 30-06 for my wife. But for sure yet. I want to be prepared when I get there.
 

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Kinda hard to go wrong with those choices, with the exception of the 7.7 Jap. You'll want to reload your own ammo because that will be a very tough round for which to find factory stuff. If it's a coin flip between the 300WM and 338WM, I'd go with the 338, personally, especially if your wife has the '06.
 

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I have found decent factory ammo for the jap rifle, but its just to have an old gun. Not really for hunting. I think I want to end up with all 3 of the others. I just don't ever want to be out there hunting and be under gunned. Thanks for the comments guys. I was pretty sure what I would hear on here, but I like reassurance. Once I get up there and get to shoot something I will post up pictures in the hunting section.
 

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A scoped 338 Win mag would cover all the bases with enough power to down anything up there, and depending on the bullet it'll give you all the range you need. 45/70 lever gun for knocking through the thick stuff, again all the power you'd need but keep it open sighted for up close work. No man should be without a 12 gauge pump-gun. Add a scoped 10/22 and I dont see what you wouldn't be prepared for up there, or really anywhere else on this hemisphere. I would venture to say that those four ammunition choices could be found in even the most remote locations in AK.
 

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I will end up with the 338 win mag for sure. And I have the 10/22, and rem 870 is gonna happen when I get there. I'm getting real excited about buy the 2 guns. This is going to be an adventure of a life time. Also once I get my family settled, I'm going to pick up all the handloading equipment I need and not woryy about factory ammo any more. I have learned more about guns on this forum than I could have imagined, thank you guys. You have been a great help.
 

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Personally, I'd give serious consideration to a 35Whelen. A bolt like the Ruger Hawkeye or the remington 750 carbine would be very handy. The 750 would handle quickly and hit as hard as any 338mag. Another gun to seriously consider is a marlin Guide gun in 450Marlin or 45-70. They would handle the nasty critters with ease and they have the "frontier" look to them that cries out "Alaska".
 

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Personally, I'd give serious consideration to a 35Whelen. A bolt like the Ruger Hawkeye or the remington 750 carbine would be very handy. The 750 would handle quickly and hit as hard as any 338mag. Another gun to seriously consider is a marlin Guide gun in 450Marlin or 45-70. They would handle the nasty critters with ease and they have the "frontier" look to them that cries out "Alaska".
+1 !! I agree with the Whelen idea as well as a 45-70 (.450). The Whelen is way better IMHO than the .300WM choice. On my one trip there for black bear, I carried a BLR/.450 and it felt better in my hand with a grizzly in sight than any .300 would have...lol. :D

I would also prefer a .35 Whelen to the .338 actually. Heavy loads with bullets up to 310gr available and I simply like the added frontal area. The .35 Whelen is closer to the .375 H&H than the .338 in frontal area.
 

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I echo the recommendations for a shot gun. 12 gauge pump or double barrel.

I read somewhere that the US Gov provides 10 gauge pumps to Gov workers, like US Geological Foundation teams sent up their to study/work. It is their grizzly defense gun.

The 338, the 35 Whelan or 375 are all sound recommendations. I think they are all good for the dangerous stuff that lives in Alaska. While there are some big dangerous animals in Alaska it is not like you MUST have the biggest bullet on earth all the time. I actually really like the 30-06 and you might find yourself using it as much or more than your wife. I mean --- are you hunting ONLY GIANT grizzlies/Brown bear? I doubt it. You will be hunting animals like deer and other thin skinned animals for meat I would think. Why smash them to smithereens with the big cannons and ruin all the meat? That 22 LR I bet will see alot of action too and is a good choice.

12 gauge will also be good for fowl. A lot of fowl in Alaska that are good eating.
 

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Ammo considerations once you get here...

Depending on where you live until you begin relaoding, from your choices and the guys suggestions these are the choices most available here in Anchorage and the valley.

.45-70
.375 H&H
.338 Win Mag
.300 Win Mag
.30-06
.223
.22LR

are available almost anywhere in the state even many of the village stores.
Village stores will cater mostly to the locals and carry what they shoot and so the list will change a little.

The RCM and other compacts and Federal (.338 Fed) cartridges are fewer and farther between and brass is nearly non existent unless you order it online.

zoar, they went to .45-70 lever guns at the USGS back in 2000-2001 or so for bear protection in the field according to a kid who worked for me and interned with them then.

On the subject of moving to AK.
Sharpshooter, if you dont already have a contract signed saying you have a job when you get here, be aware its tougher here now than it used to be. Contruction jobs are fewer and farther between and there are whole malls that are new and empty because no one is moving into the spaces so no one is building more.
The recession is here.
Either make sure you have a year's wages saved or have a job you can drop right into day one cause things arent all wonderful. Nepotism is the word of the day every day.

Hunting up here is good if you can get to it. The hunting pressure on the road system is HEAVY as there arent the back roads everywhere like the lower 48.
You will either need a boat or small plane or the money to get someone to get you to the place you want to hunt.
Gas is $3.58 a gallon regular unleaded now and in the travel season it will go up again.

Im not telling you not to come, just telling you what reality to expect.
 

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My pie in the sky Alaska battery would be a .22LR for small game, a .338-06 for hunting, and a .45-70 and a 12GA semi-auto for sidearms.

My alternatives to the .338-06 would be a .30-06, .338WM, .375 H&H, .375 Ruger.

The 12GA would also be used for birds.
 

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Ammo considerations once you get here...

Depending on where you live until you begin relaoding, from your choices and the guys suggestions these are the choices most available here in Anchorage and the valley.

.45-70
.375 H&H
.338 Win Mag
.300 Win Mag
.30-06
.223
.22LR

are available almost anywhere in the state even many of the village stores.
Village stores will cater mostly to the locals and carry what they shoot and so the list will change a little.

The RCM and other compacts and Federal (.338 Fed) cartridges are fewer and farther between and brass is nearly non existent unless you order it online.

zoar, they went to .45-70 lever guns at the USGS back in 2000-2001 or so for bear protection in the field according to a kid who worked for me and interned with them then.

On the subject of moving to AK.
Sharpshooter, if you don't already have a contract signed saying you have a job when you get here, be aware its tougher here now than it used to be. Construction jobs are fewer and farther between and there are whole malls that are new and empty because no one is moving into the spaces so no one is building more.
The recession is here.
Either make sure you have a year's wages saved or have a job you can drop right into day one cause things arent all wonderful. Nepotism is the word of the day every day.

Hunting up here is good if you can get to it. The hunting pressure on the road system is HEAVY as there aren't the back roads everywhere like the lower 48.
You will either need a boat or small plane or the money to get someone to get you to the place you want to hunt.
Gas is $3.58 a gallon regular unleaded now and in the travel season it will go up again.

I'm not telling you not to come, just telling you what reality to expect.
Thank you for the heads up. I'm not real worried about the job thing. I'm moving to a little town where I have a lot of family, and my mom owns a lodge and needs someone to run it for her so she can enjoy life a little more. So my wife and I are going to go help her out. As for the guns I believe I will have several, the 22lr, I'm going to by a 1 gauge rem 870 and the 30-06 and .300 win mag. The 338 is already there and ready for me. Over time I will acquire some other sweet guns. I'm turning into kind of a gun fanatic here lately. As soon as I get settled I'm buying the re loading equipment so I can work up the ideal load for what I want to accomplish. Thank you for the info it is greatly appreciated.
 

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Personally, I'd give serious consideration to a 35Whelen.
Another gun to seriously consider is a Marlin Guide gun in 45-70.
Yeah, except for the wife, and unless she's a pretty tough lady, she won't be hot for those.

But a .35 Whelen and a M336 in .35 Remington, with a supply of BTB 210gr cast, and .220gr Speer FP's would work. A couple boxes of Hornady 250gr SP's, and the family can head north.

I picked up a Ruger 77/44 this year. It shoots like a champ, weighs < 6lbs loaded with a sling, and shoots 270-300gr bullets with authority, and acceptable recoil. It wouldn't be my last choice for an AK rifle you can carry, and still have some serious terminal effect.
 

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If I was going to Alaska and wanted a good base, I would start with:

22LR semi-auto
30-06 Bolt
12 gauge double or pump, smooth bore

I'm not "hunting" bear to eat.
 

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If I was going to Alaska and wanted a good base, I would start with:

22LR semi-auto
30-06 Bolt
12 gauge double or pump, smooth bore

I'm not "hunting" bear to eat.
That is a good start. I'm going to bee taking my Ruger 10/22, my 7.7 arisaka and I'm going to buy a 30-06 and .300 win mag. Before I go. Then a 12 gauge after I get there. And I have a .338 win mag waiting for me there. I think I will be set for awhile.
 

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The 30-06 is for my wife and I really just want a .300 mag. And when I start reloading the .338 is gonna be for the bears. My wife love the .270 but I want her to have something we can put some bigger lead in that she can handle recoil wise. I think that I want just about every caliber I can get my hands on.
 
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