+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.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".
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.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.
.338 Win Mag
.300 Win Mag
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.
Yeah, except for the wife, and unless she's a pretty tough lady, she won't be hot for those.Personally, I'd give serious consideration to a 35Whelen.
Another gun to seriously consider is a Marlin Guide gun in 45-70.
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.If I was going to Alaska and wanted a good base, I would start with:
12 gauge double or pump, smooth bore
I'm not "hunting" bear to eat.