View Poll Results: favorite "all around" big game hunting rifles in Alaska?

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  • .30-06

    157 21.19%
  • 7mm Magum

    41 5.53%
  • .300WM

    208 28.07%
  • .338WM

    193 26.05%
  • .45-70

    24 3.24%
  • .35 Whelen

    18 2.43%
  • .338-06

    13 1.75%
  • .340 Weatherby

    17 2.29%
  • .338RUM

    11 1.48%
  • .375 H&H

    59 7.96%
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    45-70 will handle it all

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    Default Poll: Your "all around" AK hunting rifle-caliber?

    I use .338 for all. Caribou, moose, bear. Accurate up to 400 yards. Want no doubt with a grizzly too. My choice, but there are a lot of great rifles out there.


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    My favorite? That's easy: .338-06 AI
    Just got back from Kodiak, so add a couple more deer to the list of animals it's taken; black bear, moose, caribou, and deer in PWS several years ago.
    My husband has a Sako .338, and he reloads for both of them. He is kinda disgusted that my 338-06 almost does the same (ballistics wise) as his .338, and with less powder and kick. Now he wants his own....

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    I have only hunted Wyoming but I hunted with a .30-06 and when I felt something larger might be needed I carried a .375 H&H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdemm89 View Post
    45-70 will handle it all
    Oh really? Would like to see what you'd do with it on a caribou going away at 400 yards....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Oh really? Would like to see what you'd do with it on a caribou going away at 400 yards....
    I would stalk my way up closer. I don't like taking 400 yd shots on anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdemm89 View Post
    I would stalk my way up closer. I don't like taking 400 yd shots on anything.

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    Good luck with that......
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Good luck with that......
    You have a good point. Some friends have told me how in some caribou hunts these animals got real close to them, but most often once they spot you and spook, it's almost impossible to get closer. While I really like the .45-70, I would not use it for open tundra caribou hunting. There are a lot of other cartridges with lighter-weight bullets that are a lot more suited for this type of hunting.

    A .45-70 would make an excellent moose or bear gun in forested areas.

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    .338 win mag covers the spectrum imo. Big enough for the big boys and capable at range for bou and sheep. Doesn't break the bank to buy one and ammo cost isn't too bad either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfromAK View Post
    You have a good point. Some friends have told me how in some caribou hunts these animals got real close to them, but most often once they spot you and spook, it's almost impossible to get closer. While I really like the .45-70, I would not use it for open tundra caribou hunting. There are a lot of other cartridges with lighter-weight bullets that are a lot more suited for this type of hunting.
    Exactly, and that's what I was getting at towards his "45-70 will handle it all" comment....
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    I use a 35 Whelen. Just inherited it from grandad. It'll do everything I need it to. Change in bullet weight and it will accommodate any size game I chase.


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    Congrats! Any chance you'd part with the 35? I've been looking for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wet eNuf View Post
    Congrats! Any chance you'd part with the 35? I've been looking for one.
    Can't. Inherited it from grandad. This ones goin to my son when I pass. Keep eyes open, they are out there. Wonderful rifle !


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    .300 Win Mag.

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    What my 270 Win and my 500 Jeffery (my only two rifles) aren't even on the list?

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    300 wsm

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckscap View Post
    What my 270 Win and my 500 Jeffery (my only two rifles) aren't even on the list?
    Yeah, hard to believe the 270 isn't on the list eh? But don't feel bad, my "beloved" 8mmRem Mag isn't on the list either and I believe it's a great round for Alaska.....as is the 325wsm.
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    .300 Wind.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by tundrawooky View Post
    .300 Wind.......
    What's a 300 Wind? Is that anything like the 300 Win...???
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Yeah, hard to believe the 270 isn't on the list eh? But don't feel bad, my "beloved" 8mmRem Mag isn't on the list either and I believe it's a great round for Alaska.....as is the 325wsm.
    4mer,

    I have absolutely fallen in love with my 325wsm. It's all I carry anymore and have shot several brown bears and moose with it over the last 4 years.

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