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Old 01-26-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Ladies and gentlemen:

It has come to my attention that I will be a participant in a moose hunt in September. I've hunted with the venerable ball - .30 caliber, 1906 for my entire hunting career and it pains me to say that I may be undergunned with that round. I understand the rifle and the behavior of the round quite well and it will be a challenge to develop a similar familiarity and competency with a new platform. First part of the question:

Do I really need a bigger gun?

In the event that it is, in fact, plain as day that a .30-06 is a mouse-piller in Alaska and I'm an idiot for even asking... What do you think about the .338 win mag? If I get something huge like a .358 or a .375, I will never, ever shoot that gun again unless I go to Africa. A .338 would actually see some "every-year" use at least and in the event I do go to Africa it can come along; it does actually fill a niche for me. A smaller magnum would theoretically see even more action, but how many things am I really going to be reaching for a .30 caliber magnum over the old '06?

Anyway, just hoping for some Alaskan perspective.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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Ask here: Alaska Hunting
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:02 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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carry not a weapon large enough for what you are hunting but large enough to kill what is hunting you!
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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According to the GREATEST hunters in the world: Inupiaq Eskimos:

This is an exact quote from a whaling captain to his young crew members:


Note: a .223 is all you need to take down any animal, in fact a .22 magnum can kill anything, even a bowhead ! That is what we were told last night in camp (story time).

That vital spot in the whale, in the eyeball ! Polar Bear - bottom of the eye or in the ear . Nose also if your that close, in fact .. the proper way to hold a knife against a bear, do not keep your arm horizontal, keep it vertical. that did come up !!

Young hunters with little experience in living out on the ocean ice pack are constantly taught by the elders and captains proper techniques to use for all sorts of circumstances !!
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Since moose don't generally hang out on the Arctic ice...

When I hunt...it's with a 30-06. Moose, sheep, blackies, deer. I have hunted deer with an AR-15 (223) but my fav is the 30-06.

Others here will have their favs, and reasons. It's just what I prefer.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Most Guides in Alaska carry at least a .338 because of possible issues with other critters like bear that may want to try to steal your kill. You may be able to kill a bear with a .22, but the point is you want it to die "Before" he chews on you, not after.

When I hunt in very dense brush, I carry a 12 gauge, slugs at less than fifty yards will drop just about anything and they don't blow up when they hit a twig. Higher caliber rifle's slugs will shatter with their greater speeds when hitting brush. On open areas, where long shots are more in order, then something that will AT&T (reach out and touch) the games is good too.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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If you can't get the job done with a 30-06, you have no business hunting. It's my fav also.

Select your bullet gr weight for the job.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: AK
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it's smart to hunt with a gun that you're comfortable with. you'll have better luck with your trusty favorite than with a bigger gun that you aren't used to. what you might lack in power you'll make up for with accuracy.
it's also important in case you need to get a quick shot off- the muscle memory can take over.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Hunting for meat or the antlers?
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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I have a sneaking suspicion that I may have a profound liking for Alaskans...
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