Just a thought on guns of Alaska.
I have been reading a lot of threads on forums on Alaska guns and thought after being in Southeast Alaska now for two years, I would add my two cents and that is all it's worth opinion. I been working here as an Air Rescue Flight Nurse Indian health services. And have learned enormous amounts of information on the real Alaska not the **** I watched on Outdoor Life network for 3 years down in Arizona at the rescue base there.
Stuff that may work every where else doesn't in Alaska, Including what they sell you in advertising.This goes for clothing,boots,camo,rain gear,guns and everything else cabalas sells.
So just for the sake of it here are two of the guns I put together for Alaska from my experience and you guys can have fun tearing them apart.
I tried a bunch of combinations since I got here and settled on a Ruger m77 compact blued used gun modified to what seems to me the best utilitarian gun I could find for the Southeast 5 3/4 pounds.
Mind you this is used for in and out of the Beaver plane, on and off boats, and othe utilitarian purpases as well as hunting. Guaranteed you will bang the barrel on the boat roof at some point and it will fall over at some time in the boat. You will also fall down in the rocks at some point no matter how careful you are scrapping and banging the hell out of it ,or possible have to climb over a mountain with it. You will spend all day with it and at some point it just gets heavy. It will not stay pretty or shiny (I take care of my stuff immaculately and can hardly keep up with Alaska beating it up). WOW some of this sounds like a Alaska woman but anyway. It will be constantly wet, cold, salt water, raining, foggy low light, close shots with bears always around.
Note This was not a gun to hunt bears with but just bear protection. I believe the 30-06 was best all around cal but the 308 came in short action almost competes.
I found expensive guns and calibers not easy to get didn't work in Alaska. I would have to fly to Juneau just to get bullets sometimes or parts. For some I tried and that got very expensive and with Airline rules what they are very hard. But I get off course here.
So I have been using a Ruger m77 compact 16.5 barrel that I had New England Gun customize with fiber optic front sights with a guard and rear peep, left it in wood stock for weight reduction. 308 cal. And added 1.5 in rubber to the stock for a longer pull this to me has been a great all around rifle for Alaska.
I liked it so much I took another Ruger m77 Stainless cut the barrel down to 18 in with recessed target crown and put it in a Hogue rubber stock for being wet and scoped it with a Leupold 4x33 scope in low rings. ( This rifle is much heavier due to hogue stock being 3lbs by it's self but the grip is good when wet and the recoil reduced to min with extra weight.) These have been my two favorite all around rifles in Alaska. I post this to get opinions on these guns from real Alaskans, and to let others know don't believe the crap they sell on outdoor life network. Equipment that works is not always what they want you to buy, and Alaska puts everything to the test like no where I have ever been or seen.
Short barrels, easy to get calibers, light weight, easy to find and fix, fixed sights and fixed power scopes for simplicity seems to me the best way to go in Alaska.