So it looks like I am going to get to head down to Kodiak this Nov to do some deer hunting and I want to know which one of my rifles you guys would take. I have shot plenty of deer, just none in AK. I'm sure that all of the guns I'm about to list will do the deed but I like all of them and dont know what to expect as far as shot opportunity and range. I am tearing myself apart trying to decide.
So here goes.
1. Nicely sporterized 1903 Springfield, done by Harvey Anderson of James Watts fame, 3006 with Leupold fixed 2.5. Sighted in an inch high at a hunerd with handloaded 200 noslers.
2. Custom Ruger 77 RSM in 458 Win mag, with Bansners HIGH TECH stock and Leupold VX III 1.5-5. Sighted in 2 in high at 100yds with max loaded ( 2400fps) Hornady 350 Interlocks. (by the way it cuts one hole for 5 shots with these)
3. WWG AK Guide 457 Mag, parkerized wood stocks, with Leupold 2.5 scout scope. Dead on at 100 with HSM 405gr 457mag, also I made 2 consecutive one shot kills on wild hogs at 232yds a couple years ago so its not totally a brush gun.
4. WWG Mini guide ( my name for it) chambered for the 35 Remington. sighted in with my handloads using the Speer 220 gr FP hot core bullet, and shoots great. Also this rifle or carbine if you will, is not equipped with a scope. It wears a set of WWG ghostring sights.
My frustration comes from the fact that I shoot each rifle well and am familiar with all of them, but not knowing what kind of shots to expect I would hate to come home emptyhanded because I chose the wrong type of firearm for the conditions. Here are some of my list of pros and cons.
The Springfield is not super accurate but I have never missed any of the 15 plus head of game that I have taken with it because it only shoots 2 in groups. It also wears a wood stock, which could pose a problem if the weather sucks, and I've used it succesfully for so long that the new has kinda wore off of it.
The 458 is probably the most hardy of the bunch being the only synthetic stocked member of the group, it is also equipped with back up iron sights. But it also weighs 12lbs, not the perfect mtn rifle, not that weight bothers me too much as I am in pretty good shape. I would also like to shoot some game with the darn thing as I've carted it around all year and haven't had the chance to chrisen it.
The Guide gun has been pretty much my go to Alaska gun since I've been here, as I thought that I must have a big bore to hunt here when I arrived (now I just enjoy loading for them and shooting them, big bores that is). It has served me well and I have no reason to doubt it unless the only shot I get is past 250yds. It is also short and handy with it's 16.5in bbl, if not overly light.
The 35 shoots great and I know that it will stomp a deer, I've used it to that end in the past. It is also light, short (17in bbl), and quick(points like a good shotgun). The main concern here being that 125yds is about my limit with the iron sights.
I will be hunting around Larsen Bay if that helps as far as anyones knowledge of what to expect is concerned. And I will also be taking my 44 along just incase I fill 2 of my tags early I would like to try to get one with a handgun if possible.
Oh, and one last thing please no one say that the 458 is overkill, because I never heard of such an animal.