Looking for a camp rifle to take on my Alaskan hunts (I'm from CO). I mainly bowhunt, but like to have a rifle available (don't like following a blood trail into the bush with a bow.) I have taken my old ss ruger m77 270win on a couple hunts (and a couple blackies with it) but wouldn't mind more power. Also my Bro-in-law is looking to buy a lodge with brown bears to hunt so that may be in the future..... hopefully! I want a quick handling rifle, for range out to 300yds. (I have long range rig in rem 700, 300wsm but its not handy 26"bbl+mb) I like the mauser action and controlled feed of the ruger.
So I have thought about two options.
1. sell the ruger, put the money towards a new rifle. What new rifle/caliber do you recomend?
2. rebuild the m77 stainless action- new barrel, new stock. with the standard long action I was looking at going to the 35whelen,? also what barrel length? any good stocks? LOP?
Also what sights/scope would you put on it?