I recently moved to Fort Wainwright (Fairbanks) and after my current deployment to Iraq is over I知 looking forward to finally doing some hunting in Alsaka. Having never hunted anything larger than whitetail deer I知 looking for some advice. I sold my primary deer gun, a TC Contender in 7-30 Waters, before I moved so I知 in the market for a new gun. Most of my hunting will be in and around the Fairbanks area. My list of possible game would include moose, caribou, and black bear. Although I don稚 plan on hunting grizzly I realize there is always a possibility of running into one. The 2 rifles I知 currently looking at are the Marlin 338MXLR in 338 Marlin Express and a Browning X-Bolt in .338 Win Mag. I realize the Browning is a better choice, but I have always been partial to level actions. I guess my question is would the 338 ME, which is around 30-06 power, be enough of a defensive round for an unexpected grizzly run in or do I really need to step up to the .338 Win Mag?
Thanks in advance for any advice. Having spent a good bit of time reading posts here I realize this is a great source for real, hands on information.</SPAN>