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#12493 - 03/03/17 11:39 PM Rifle?
Guy M Offline
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Loc: Washington State, dry side
In a couple of months I'll be afoot in a vast northern wilderness, seeking grizzly. Interior grizzly, Brooks Range, Alaska. These aren't the biggest grizzly bears, far smaller than their salmon-fed coastal cousins.

A dilemma, and I value your suggestions, is which rifle?

The bears go about 500 pounds, not huge. The ranges are out to about 300 yards. Long shots on grizzly are discouraged, and that makes perfect sense to me.

I've been told that a .30-06 with good bullets is entirely adequate, but that bigger rifles are welcome, if the hunter can shoot them well. As a non-resident, I must have a guide for this hunt. Rifle choices:

.30-06 Rem 700 CDL with 2-7x Redfield & 180 or 200 gr Nosler Partitions. I've a lot of confidence in this rifle and shoot it well in field conditions. Four big game animals, fall of 2016.

.300 WSM Model 70 "Coyote" it's a good shooting rifle, only a bit heavier than the .30-06 and pretty much weather proof with a laminated stock and free-floated stainless barrel. Topped by a 6x Leupold. 180 or 200 gr bullets at about 200 fps faster than the .30-06, and accurate.

.375 H&H mag Model 70 Winchester, 1.5-5x Leupold, with 260 grain Nosler Accubonds at about 2750 fps. Good accuracy. A bit heavier than the other two rifles. Has iron sights, and Quick Release Tally mounts... It shoots well, a tad over 1 MOA with these loads.

All of them are zeroed at 200 yards. I like all of them, and have the most field time with the .30-06 Rem 700.

.30-06 Rem 700 CDL:


.300 WSM Model 70:


.375 H&H Model 70:




The Model 70 .375 is the best looking of the lot. The .30-06 Rem 700 is the lightest and the one I've hunted with the most. I shoot all of them pretty well, making consistent hits on the 300 yard gong from sitting or prone. And less consistent hits on it from standing... smile

Recommendations?

Thanks, Guy
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#12494 - 03/03/17 11:42 PM Re: Rifle? [Re: Guy M]
Guy M Offline
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Only one rifle can be taken. Weight limits of the Super Cub...

Guy
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#12495 - 03/04/17 02:46 AM Re: Rifle? [Re: Guy M]
Cinch Offline
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As much as I'd like to say 375, I would probably pick the 30/06... You shoot it the best, it's the lightest, easiest to find ammo for... I think it'll work out just fine for you!

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#12496 - 03/04/17 04:45 AM Re: Rifle? [Re: Guy M]
rem06 Offline
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I'll 2nd the 30-06 with Partitions.

500lb or less

your confidence being around bigger bears would help shot placement a lot and you shot black bears before

did you think you needed the 375 in Maine?
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#12497 - 03/04/17 05:14 PM Re: Rifle? [Re: Guy M]
Niles Coyote Offline
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I'd take the one you shoot best with... I have a feeling that might be the 06 wink

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