New guy here! Recently located to AK for the next few years and looking for a good all-around caliber (I know, this has probably been asked a million times, sorry). Currently I have a Remington 770 .300WM and its just horrible. Not even worth the small price tag, it's a piece of crap. Next gun will be either a Savage 116 or Ruger M77 Hawkeye.
Looking to downgrade to a lighter 7MM or even 6.5 Creedmoor, as the .300WM is heavy to hike with and Im not entirely accurate with it either (recoil maybe?). Primarily I will be hunting blacktail, however I will have the opportunity to hunt caribou and elk (perks of the job). Im also going to try to hunt a mountain goat next year if possible. Are these calibers suitable? I've seen videos of the 6.5 Creedmoor being pretty effective on Elk at long range. Seems like an impressive round.
Some people tell me a .300 or .338 are the "only calibers for Alaska", whereas others swear by smaller calibers such as .243 even. Seems that most people not from Alaska are the ones that think a huge caliber rifle is the way to go. I would rather be accurate with a smaller round than sloppy with a powerful one.
Any help would be appreciated!