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  • FurFishGame
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    Originally posted by LuJon View Post
    The only one weapon for all Alaskan/North American game is a Bow.,
    Amen! but there isn't anything wrong with guns eather!

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  • La Pine
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    30-06

    Well Its hard to beat the 30-06. You can load it up for the larger game 220g and use the lighter loads for small game Remington 30-06 Accelerator Ammo 55g PSP. The best all around bullet for the 06 is the 165g btsp. Ammo for the 30-06 is available almost everywhere.
    Now go and have a great time.

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  • LuJon
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    The only one weapon for all Alaskan/North American game is a Bow.,

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  • stick+string
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    Wow, you are looking for a rifle for everything from fox to moose... that's a huge range...
    I think you'll eventually work yourself into a battery of some number of rifles, perhaps 3 to 5 rifles.
    From a battery of .22lr, .223, and .300 win mag I can select an appropriate caliber for any animal I'd be hunting. Throw in a .44 mag pistol for bear country when you won't be carrying a rifle and that might be the only 4 guns you need to own. Perhaps instead of one gun that does it all, think about what you'd like your battery to be and then add one of those guns to it.
    I'd stay away from the really fast moving bullets, especially the .204 and 22-250, they destroy a fox.

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  • LuJon
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    I plan to build my kids an AR15 in 6.8SPC because it will grow with them and even my youngest can shoot it without having to make any modifications to go from Adult to child shooter. That said if I was on a tighter budget then I would jump on the Marlin XS7. HEck I may anyway just to have one for the truck. I strongly encourage you to get out with Alaska_Lanche and shoot his rifle! He is also an ok guy to hang out with as well and I have had the privilege of sharing a camp or two with him over the last few years. I also have friends that use the .243 and have put many bou and moose on the ground with it. The .243, like the .223, 308, and 17HMR just seem to be inherently accurate and easy to shoot.

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  • akshootnscoot
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    With a 30-.06, you can drop down to 55 gr accelerators, or up to 220 gr (heaviest stock ammo I've seen). It truly is the all-purpose caliber, with readily available stock ammo. I know Remington makes the 55 gr accelerators. I don't know that I've seen anything lighter than 120 gr by anyone else.

    You have to pick the caliber that you will be most comfortable with, and sized primarily for the game you will be pursuing. If you are looking for a single caliber for multiple alaskan species, don't overlook the .06. You'll have it forever, and you can take anything from fox to bison (and brown bear, as many people on here will tell you, but that's for another thread).

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  • Alaska_Lanche
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    Furfishgame,

    I recently went through this. 223, 22-250, 243 debate myself. Bought a 22-250 a couple years ago for predators. Then I began wondering if I wouldn't be better served shooting lightweight 243 stuff for varmints (55 grain or the ilk) and 100 grain for caribou and moose, and deer.

    I bought a Marlin XS7 in .243, which can be had for just over $300 with a simple scope or less if you buy yourself a different scope. Anyways it puts 58 grain Hornday V-Max's inside .75" in 3 shot groups at 200 yards so hard to argue with the accuracy of that $300 gun. I know the savages can be had for a similar price and they are known for their accuracy at a great value price as well.

    Being not too far removed from the poor high school/college kid game if you would like to meet up this weekend and shoot my 243 I'd be more than happy to let ya, planning on heading to the range anyways. I also have a couple spare $50-$60 scopes with rings that I would just give ya once ya found what rifle you wanted to get ya started.

    Good luck in your search.

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  • goaty
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    My kids started out with a .243. My son has taken 2 moose with it, and he and my daughter have taken several caribou with it, and I've taken coyotes with it with very little pelt damage. I like that choice. But if you're changing bullet weights around, just make sure you know what each do so you can compensate.

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  • FurFishGame
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    the advantage to a, say, 243, would be I could carry lighter bullets when I am hunting moose, and if I see a fox (and I usually see quite a few fox every year) I could drop a shell or 2 of the lighter ones in there and pop it.

    or, in the spring, I could take along a few heavy bullets for when I'm fox hunting, and if I saw a bear, I could go after it.

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  • FurFishGame
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    I am looking for a "do it all" cartrige, I wasnt to hunt moose and bears with it and shoot fox and coyotes too, (with little fur damage)

    I am starting to think about getting a 17 HMR or 22 MAG and a negant......

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  • Hunt&FishAK
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    how about a .220 swift?

    personally i hunt with a 30-06....with it you can handle anything in alaska and even shoot light fmj's for minumum damage to fur animals.....

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  • tailwind
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    223, 22-250, 243, 7mm-08, 308, 25-06, 270, and 30-06 are available in the Axis(edge). Some are short action, some are long. Something for everyone there. I would definitely recommend the 25-06 if you have your eye on it. Has the edge on the .22-250 and the .243 for larger game.
    The .270 would be good choice, too. 3000 ft/lbs of energy is a serious cartridge. Big Bear medicine there. Depends on what you want.

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  • FurFishGame
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    What about a 25 wssm or a 25-06?

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  • tailwind
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    .22-250 posts energy numbers similar to a .243. It uses bullets in the 40-70 grain weight, at velocities from 3300-4000 fps. That being said, the .22-250 would not be as effective as a .243 on medium game(deer).

    You could easily get a new barrel on that action, either from a gunsmith or the factory. I would only do that if the old one needs to be replaced, if it is in good condition, just go buy a new one in the caliber you like and have 2 guns! Even better!
    Many wildcatters buy this action for rebarreling.

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  • FurFishGame
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    Originally posted by tailwind View Post
    Savage stevens model 200 in .22-250 or a similar Savage Axis(formerly edge). They run around $300 or $375(SMwarehouse) with a mounted scope.
    Super accurate, respectable, inexpensive guns, with easily inter-changed barrels. The caliber will be good for a young/new shooter, too.
    They are available in .243 or .223, also. (If you want a .223, get an AR.)
    Good luck, your askin' the right questions...
    Thanks! my brother has the edge,

    Could I get a new barrel in, say, 243?

    BTW, I couldn't afford an AR.

    Would a 22-250 be good for hunting at all?

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