I'm kind of at a crossroads in my shooting life and I'm looking for some "unattached" viewpoints.
I have an older (bought in 1996) Savage 110 (long action) in .243 Win. that began life as one of those lower cost "package guns." I was never a hunter back then, but I competed a lot at local clubs, so I took it to a gunsmith in Florida, where I'm from, and had it converted for NRA High Power Competition and had the action glass bedded. I haven't shot a match in about 10 years now, all of my equipment is in storage at my parents' home in Tampa, and, since coming to AK 7 years ago, I'm wanting to hunt more than birds.
My original plan involved me buying a Pre-64 Model 70 in 30-06, but that's not possible in the near future. I recently looked at the newer Savage rifles and quickly noticed that their guns are no longer "low cost" at over $700, so I'm thinking of converting mine back into a hunting rifle.
My dilemmas are thus:
Sights: I ditched the cheap-o scope the gun came with and had an older Redfield Olympic Micrometer aperature sight installed in the rear. My gunsmith built a a rather tall sight base on the muzzle (about 3/4" high-not sure how he attached it), and installed an Anschutz magnifying hooded aperature front sight with a set of interchangeable, different size aperatures.) However, the original tapped holes for the scope mounts are still there.
Magazine: The follower has been filed down, thinner, and some wood taken out of the bottom, to fit a fifth round in the magazine (per NRA competition rules) and a stripper clip holder attached to the rear scope mount holes for using 03A3 type stripper clips (also per NRA rules for rapid reloading).
Trigger and Safety: The trigger breaks at just over two pounds. If you cock the gun and then smack the rifle down on the ground, stock first, it will fire every time. Add to that, the safety is difficult to engage. It works, but I need to use a 3/16 screwdriver to push it to on. (It comes off just fine.)
So my questions/concerns are:
Who, in Anchorage, would be a good gunsmith to remove the competition sights, bring the trigger back up a pound or so, and deal with the safety mechanism issue? (If that can't be overcome, do I scrap this idea on safety grounds or do I resolve to not load the chamber until I'm ready shoot?)
What are the legalities of hunting with a rifle that now has a five-round capacity (six if you add one to the chamber)? I know that semi-autos are limited to 5 rounds maximum, but are bolt guns similarly limited?
Once the concerns above are resolved, what's a decent (not top dollar, but not junk) rifle scope for Alaska? Alternatively, I like iron sights, but would the current combination of competition stye sights hold up to field carry or is there some other combination of iron sights that I am overlooking?
I know that the 243 is a bit light for up here, but I'm mostly thinking of Caribou, although I'm perfectly confident that shot placement shouldn't be a problem for either Caribou or Moose. The rifle, as it sits, is a tack driver (I do need to build a 100 gain load with it though) and is accurate at long ranges.