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« on: March 03, 2009, 05:20:43 PM »
I am thinking of moving to Alaska in the near future and was wondering what people here would think is the best rifle to hunt Kodiak bears with. My choices would be the 378 416 and 460 I already have a 300 and 257 let me know what you think thanks .
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Re: Alaska
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2009, 06:39:53 PM »
Purple,
I personally think all of those cartridges are more power and recoil than you need for kodiak bears or anything else in north america. I would look at either 338 win mag or even better the 340 weatherby magnum. They both shoot wonderful with much less recoil and will easily take down a kodiak. I lived in AK for 15 years and those are very popular cartidges. They actually call 338 win mag the great alaskan cartridge. Hope this helps and let us know what you decide.
ddraper

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Re: Alaska
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2009, 06:50:14 PM »
Purple,
I should also add that my father killed both a kodiak and a costal grizzly bear with a 300 weatherby magnum. As in all cartidges with reasonable distance and proper shoot placement a 300 with a 200 gr nosler partition will drop one stone dead.
ddraper

Re: Alaska
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2009, 07:05:12 PM »
ddraper hit the nail on the head:
If you were to get anything, I would suggest a .340 Wby. If you want a non-Weatherby cartridge, than I would say .338 Win Mag. However, the .300 Wby Mag should be able to take anything in Alaska with proper shot placement. If you are anything like me, you will use any excuse to get a new rifle in a cartridge you don't have...A rifle chambered for .340 Wby or .338 Win Mag is what I would take if I could take only one rifle to Alaska.
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Re: Alaska
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2009, 07:46:22 PM »
Since you already own a 300,  and while the 340/338 are excellent calibers,  I would probably jump a cal and go with a 375 H&H, 375 WBY or 375 Ruger,  Sunday after trying to call a Mtn Lion in the morning we went back to my friends house to let him shoot my 458 and for me to shoot his new 375 Ruger Alaskan stainless,  my 458 has a shortened BBL to 20 "  for a fast swing,  his 375  came with a  20 " BBL.  I tell you it wasn't bad. 

Re: Alaska
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2009, 07:48:54 PM »
I agree that the .300WBY will be enough with placement for a Kodiak.......but what you need to take in consideration is the one time that you and up as the pray. IF the time comes up, and the shot is not precise they will dive into HEAVY cover. The business end of this bear is VERY thick! A 600lb pissed of to no end bear coming from 10 feet away at 20mph........a precise shot is tough! I would not do it with less than the 340....my choice would be the .378wby . Enjoy the wondrous .300wyb for EVERYTHING else you will have the privilege of hunting there.....  

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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2009, 08:44:24 PM »
IMHO, the 340 Weatherby will serve you well.  Nothin wrong with goin bigger if you want to. I've lived in Alaska for 15 years and have hunted browns on the Alaska Peninsula twice and interior grizz too.  My huntin buddies and I have taken 2 browns and one interior grizz with 338 Win Mags and another brownie with a 3oo Win Mag.  The minimum acceptable caliber for me (not my buddies) is 338 Win Mag...anything bigger than that and you're in even bettter shape provided you can shoot it well.