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    I am looking at getting a new gun. I currently have my Grandfather's Win Model 70 in .338 blued/wood, and would like to get something else to fill my hunting needs. I am looking at getting the Tikka T3 lite SS/Synthetic in either .270 or 30.06 or a Remmington 700 wood/blued in 35 whelen. I have alway's wanted a 35 whelen, but it seems that it would be too much like the .338. If i get the Tikka say in .270 it would be good for everything except maybe the big bears and would be a good sheep gun if I ever got the opportunity to go. My scope choice is a Leopold VX2 2-7x33 for either gun. It would cost about $300 more for the whelen, and I could use that money to upgrade the scope on my Grandfathers gun. So many choices, any input would be great. Thank you. Luke

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    Something different from 338 would be built on a 308case or fire a 40 +cal of some size
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    If you already have a 338 I'd go with a light weight 270 or 270wsm. Brown Bear and moose use the 338 and use the 270 for everything else. imo

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    You didnt mention what your " hunting needs" are but IMO&E if your looking for one gun to do it all in Alaska dont get away from a 338. Buy a stainless synthetic .338 and scope it with the VXII you like, and go hunting. (thats what I did many years ago) You will be covered from deer on the coast, to sheep on the mountians, to bears in the interior..... But your model 70 is a great gun, you could always put a scope on it and take care of it and use it, or (what I would do is) keep it and pass it along to your next generation....

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    Stick with stainless/synthetic what ever you do. I'm thinking a .300 win mag is pretty hard to beat for all around use. I'd look at a Remington 700 SPS SS, Winchester 70 Extreme Weather SS, or Kimber 8400 Montana in 300 win mag. 2-7 is a great magnification range. If you want to "upgrade" look at a Leupold Euro 2-7 or VX3 2.5-8.

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    I would look for a used Mod. 70 "Classic Stainless" Featherweight, in 30-06 of course. Those with the wonderful old Winchester trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .338 mag. View Post
    I would look for a used Mod. 70 "Classic Stainless" Featherweight, in 30-06 of course. Those with the wonderful old Winchester trigger.
    Solid advise. The safety is the same as the rifle you already have.......what you're used to.

    Or, a new Mod. 70 Featherweight in either 270 or 30-06. Lean toward what you want, a 270 and 338 is a great combo.

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    Go big or go home I say: buy a CZ-550, have WWG rebarrel to .500 A-Square. Now load 37.5 grains XMR-5744 behind a cast 575 grain bullet to approximate a shotgun slug (but with lots more penetration).

    Now you work up past the putrid .270, the limp-wristed .30'06, the panty-waist .338, the slow .375 and into MAN territory to the hairy-chested thunder-slaps at the top of the mountain. Scream your primal energy to the heavens and leave the masses of everybody-else behind.

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    i say stick with what you have. what is cooler than using your grandpa's rifle? i have used the 338 in a blued wood combo for everything in alaska for over 20 years and it is great medicine for everything from sitka blacktails, sheep, caribou, moose and bear. maybe upgrade to a nice quality scope like the leupold and your set. if you want an other gun because you want a new gun then by all means go for it! don't worry so much about caliber within reason, they all work. picking a gun/caliber for every animal sounds great but a lot can be said for finding one gun that you are comfortable with and use it for everything that YOU hunt. it keeps it simpler. good luck!

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    You can hardly go wrong with a 338 win mag - It is a grand cartridge with balance and nearly as good a choice of bullets as a .30 these days - It is my understanding that you can find ammo pretty much anywhere in the "north country" you need some which is pretty important too - I think "my" first choice would be a Kimber Montana ... second a model 70

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitroman View Post
    Go big or go home I say: buy a CZ-550, have WWG rebarrel to .500 A-Square. Now load 37.5 grains XMR-5744 behind a cast 575 grain bullet to approximate a shotgun slug (but with lots more penetration).

    Now you work up past the putrid .270, the limp-wristed .30'06, the panty-waist .338, the slow .375 and into MAN territory to the hairy-chested thunder-slaps at the top of the mountain. Scream your primal energy to the heavens and leave the masses of everybody-else behind.

    You can have it all grasshoppa, choose well...
    Truely a classic post! +1 for Nitroman.
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    I uh....meant it to be humorous? If one is dead set on the .270 or '06, then go with the larger and use 220 to 250 grain slugs.
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    Nitroman: "I uh....meant it to be humorous?"

    Aw, man...you destroyed the illusion!! In my minds' eye I pictured you standing atop a mountain, furrowed brow, arm raised, clutching a lightningbolt, the hero that Bonnie Tyler was holding out for!!!

    And then you typed 7 little words and the whole image dissipated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NATTY BUMPO View Post
    Nitroman: "I uh....meant it to be humorous?"

    Aw, man...you destroyed the illusion!! In my minds' eye I pictured you standing atop a mountain, furrowed brow, arm raised, clutching a lightningbolt, the hero that Bonnie Tyler was holding out for!!!

    And then you typed 7 little words and the whole image dissipated...
    Come back Nitroman........... Come back
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    The 338 is good for the bear and/or moose. Get something light with a good selection of bullets like a 7mm-08 in a compact configuration.

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