I'm looking at purchasing a new Ruger 375. Ruger has the Alaskan and they also make a stainless laminate stocked version. As you all are probably aware the Alaskan has a 20in barrel where as the stainless laminate has a 23in barrel, both come with iron sights, weigh the same (according to the Ruger web site) and cost the same. I'm just curious how much velocity would be lost between the two.
I currently have a 22in barrel 338 and like the balance and don't neccessarily have a preferrence between the two Ruger rifles. The laminate is sleek and the Alaskan is all business. I don't neccessarily plan on using this rifle primarily for up close and personal bear defense, so what do you guys think?