Question for you guys who have BTDT. May be able to move up to Alaska in the near future, and am considering adding a 375 to my safe before coming up. I've always been fascinated with the round and have barely resisting getting one even before Alaska became a possiblity.
Here's the drill. I'm left handed and I have been advised by the majority of Alaskans I've asked to go with stainless steel rifles. That leaves me three options:
!. Re-barrel a LH Remington 700 SS in 7MM RUM I have in the safe.
2. Buy a NIB Browning Stainless Stalker A Bolt w/ iron sights.
3. Order up a Special order LH SS 700 Safari in 375 from the Remington Custom Shop.
#2 is the easist and quickest option. The only reservation I have about the SS A Bolt is it's 26" barrel. I suspect this may be a bit long, as I have one in 338. It's noticably less handy than my LH 700 338 with a 24" barrel. I would rather have a 22" barrel to balance handling with performance.
#1, I would have a re-barrel done with a 22" tube and quality iron sights. The rub is the one year delivery estimated by the gunsmiths in ND who can do this. Also, the final price would be nearly that of a new SS A Bolt.
3. Forget it. At least one year delivery and $1600 price tag. I can buy two NIB A Bolts for that.
#4. Forget it and rely on either my 26" SS A Bolt 338 or my blued 24" 700 338. This of course means I don't get to add a new caliber to the safe...
So the question is this. Is the 26" barrel on the A Bolt too long for all around Alaska hunting? Hard to imagine maneuvering that in cover hunting big bear...