For about 3 or 4 years I have asked you what your distance from the animal was when you fired your first shot. The average distance has been about 160 to 180 yards. Now a few of these shots were "way out there" and a bunch were under 100 yards, I'm just going by the average distance posters provided. Since most of Alaska's big game animals are large by North American standards it does reveal some interesting facts, based on the info the posters provided. A small sized light weight 4 power scope will easily handle the shots and a 200 yard zero is very practical and reasonable for Alaska. It also shows why a caliber like the 30-06 is so popular and effective. I doubt this will change any ones thoughts though. Some will continue to carry big scopes on their rifles and zero the rifle for the possible "way out there shot", in an effort to use the "maximum point blank range". Many will still want the "flattest shooting", hard hitting calibers available", just in case. Many of us will continue to shoot a caliber and bullet weight that we feel offers the best balance for what we may have to do instead of what we usually do. When I came to Alaska in 1965 most of the rifles I saw being used were chambered in .270 Win. or 30-06 caliber. Some of the old guides hunting the coastal brown bears also had the .375 H&H with a receiver sight and most of the .270's and 30-06's wore a 4 power Weaver or Redfield or similar scope. No, I'm not ready to hang up my Mod. 70 .338 Win. Mag. with the 2.5 x 8 Leupold on it. I may need it, just in case, but it does make me wonder why my old Mod. 70 Featherweight 30-06 sits in the gun safe so often.