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Old 09-06-2018, 08:57 AM
Location: Bush Alaska
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Originally Posted by curiousgeorge5 View Post
The .45-70 varies in power, IIRC. Some loads are not especially powerful. Others are.

What kind of pill was the 39 pushing?

Basic FMJ.
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Old 09-06-2018, 12:46 PM
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Tikka T3 in 6mm.
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:01 PM
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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This Thread started in May of 2009........lots of answers since then......some are worth reading....several in the first ten are written by guys that know what they are talking about.........others throughout the Thread are obviously not worth the time to read them.
I've had the good fortune to hunt various specie of big game in the western U.S. and Alaska since 1956.......had my first Alaska hunt in 1985 (caribou, moose and blk bear) .....three of us (unguided) did a 12 day hunt in the Innoko River area and the Mulchatna River country,....used a 13 foot Achillies river raft(19" dia tubes), a 10 horse motor, (2)12x12 tents, and all other required equipment was supplied by us,.... we filled all our tags and had an enjoyable and memorable hunt.....I learned a lot on that trip (fell in love w/ AK), and have hunted in a couple of other AK areas: (1989 caribou in Mystic Lake area; 1991 moose 50 miles out of McGrath; 1991 a guided hunt (Master guide Jim Bailey) on Kodiak for Brown Bear and Sitka Deer; and 1996 a 7'3" Alaska Grey Wolf outside of Atlin, B.C. on the AK/B.C. Boarder.......minus 15F in mid-January!!!!!

As "RayinAk" says, the .338 Win Mag (hand-loaded with Nosler Partitions) was my number one choice.........I did however use my .375 H&H Mag, handloaded with 300gr Nosler Partitions for the Kodiak Brown/grizzly Bear and Sitka Deer while on Kodiak.....
The.338 has taken everything from Antelope, WT Deer, Mule Deer, Blk Bear, Elk, Moose, Caribou, Wolf, Coyote .....it can be tailored with handloads to effectively utilize bullets from 200 gr to 300gr.

I am now in my 87th year, retired in 1993 after 40 yrs of a traveling/engineering type job that required (2) business trips to Alaska every year............(Yeah, I combined a couple of hunts and fishing trips on the end of a couple of business trips.)..........As they say:... "Carpe Diem"!
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:25 AM
Location: Raleigh
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Originally Posted by Haolejohn View Post
A bad shot is a bad shot.
My first choice for bear gun is the hunting rifle Iím using. 30-06 is pretty much my preferred choice. Itíll stop any animal I want to eat. Heck, last year I hunted with my AR-10 and I know for a fact, Iíd stop any brown bear that was a threat with those 178 grain 308 bullets.

I do carry a pistol and that is for when I donít have my rifle or shotgun in my hands.
As far as trophies? I donít keep trophies. Iím a meat hunter, however if a brown bear presents himself on a hunt, Iíll steingly consider taking him out. Save a moose.

Iíve had ten or so encounters with different brownies in the last few years. As close as 25 yds and I never felt threatened.
That's true that a bad shot is a bad shot, but there's a difference between a lot of room between "Bad Shot" and "Perfect Shot."

And, honestly, I'd feel completely comfortable hunting and humanely killing a bear with a smaller rifle than one that I'd want if I had to stop it shortly. Most don't think of a .308 as being sufficient for bear protection but if you have big bullets as you do, it changes the equation.

Not Alaskan Brownies by any stretch, but I know a bear guide here in NC that winces when he sees a guy pull out a .454 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer because they're often as not afraid of the gun. He points out his 12 year old daughter killed them with a .243. Shot placement.
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:58 AM
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Old 09-08-2018, 11:35 AM
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.303 Enfield
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:17 PM
Location: Southwest
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Originally Posted by OneDawg View Post
.303 Enfield
Popular in some parts. I guess Canada would be one place.
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Old 09-08-2018, 05:25 PM
Location: Southern Colorado
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A few that should be fine most of the time:
300 Mag
7MM Mag
338 Mag

Does anybody ever listen to these threads? Or just talk. "This is what I've used and I'm the finest hunter around. I build log cabins with my pocket knife and protect my home with a BB gun."
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Old 09-08-2018, 11:56 PM
Location: Hendersonville, NC
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Thanks for this discussion.
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