Excuse me if I'm rehashing something you've already discussed but......I'm flying up from Texas this summer in my own aircraft and Alaska requires a survival rifle. I want something that is capable of killing large game (bears) but is still rather compact. Since I'm flying through Canada, it can't be considered an assault rifle and it's barrel can't be shorter that 181/2". Through what little research I've done so far, I'm considering a .45-70 lever action or a pump 12 gauge. Any thoughts? I'm pretty ignorant on this subject but I know how quickly a bear can cover ground and if I'm ever in a survival situation, I want the right rifle!!!!!
Thanks in advnace.