I have read in another thread that it is not safe to carry a round in the chamber, and the person never does. Is this an accepted practice in Alaska, or just an old wives tale?
I can see that in certain circumstances where the rifle is around camp or on a dangerous hiking trail, etc. But, and there always is a but in life, if you are in country where there is a possibility of a bear charge, and your reason for carry is protection, you must have one in the chamber. Reading the stats on charges, one is very lucky indeed if he or she has the time to get a shot off period, must less work the action first then get the rifle engaged!
I think if this is real, it was established for rookie city-slicker hunters by experienced guides, as a rifle in the hands of such is more dangerous than any bear. To extend that rule for dummies to you is foolish at best...
Again, let me ask. Is this a regular practice in Alaska for free thinking riflemen?