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    Default if you had a choice what gun would you pick

    im going goat hunting this september,of theses 2 guns what would you pick?the gun will also be used for bear later on in the future.

    1-winchester model 70 338cal.

    2-winchester model 70 300mag

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    If bear is in the mix go for the 338...

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    depends on weight i suppose, the 300 will work for bear, so will the 338. if they weighed the same and felt the same and smelled the same, i'd go bigger. can never have to much gun, but you can be undergunned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    depends on weight i suppose, the 300 will work for bear, so will the 338. if they weighed the same and felt the same and smelled the same, i'd go bigger. can never have to much gun, but you can be undergunned.
    Could not have said it better myself

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    My favorite all-around gun and gauge for Alaska is a Browning Stainless Stalker in .338 Winchester Magnum. (My absolute favorite caliber for general hunting is a .280 Remington, but when there may be bears involved it stays home). I own a Ruger and recently had a Savage in this caliber, but the Stalker is about the best. If given a choice, ALWAYS go with the .338. It works for everything from blacktail to Polar bear.
    Now just why in the hell do I have to press "1" for English???

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    thanks for all your input.hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.

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    Take the Winchester M-70 338WM.
    I've got alot of guns and this is one of my favorite.

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    Which ever of the two you shoot the best. Are the CRF?
    It's the journey, not the destination.

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    I think the following guidelines by the Ak F&G say it about as well as it can be said:

    http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/index...laska.firearms

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    bowmaster,
    I asked myself the same question a couple years ago when choosing my next rifle caliber. I went with the .338 and couldn't be happier with my decision. (Actually I have two .338's now) I can't really add any more advise than what's already been given, but you can't go wrong with the .338.

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    .338 all the way. The deer and goats won't know the difference between it and the 300 but the bears will! 225 - 250 grain premium bullets, and enough practice to know which ones your particular rifle likes best.

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    Go with the 300. Less bullet drop at the ranges you may encounter.

    Scratch that.

    Take the one you know where it shoots at longer ranges.

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    I prefer a 300, but I prefer a Weatherby. The brownie on my wall was taken with a 300Wby. I have complete confidence in a 300 as long as I can set up for what I'm shooting. Thick brush? I'll take my 375, thank you.

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    yes both guns are CRF

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    MR. PID--My feelings exactly. If you can't do it with a 300 weatherby, it is better left undone.

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    i would go with the .338 since bear can always be encountered whether you are hunting them or not. you probably will at some point anyway.

    c.r.f. is uber important.

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    The 338 is not that much better than the 300. I would go with the 300.

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    Go with the one you shoot best with,simple as that.Personally i would take the 338 if your hunting bear too

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    Default my suggestion

    Go with the one you can shoot the best with. You can always purchase ammo for the game your after. But I always go for accuracy!

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    I love my .300 Win.Mag. and my .375. I think I pick them because I can shoot them reasonably well and have complete confidence in their abilities. Pick the gun you shoot the best and believe in. Once you get to or above the 30-06, they will all do the job if you hit what you are aiming at.

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