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Old 01-12-2014, 05:02 PM   #11
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Bare minimum, I would carry a 10mm with decent loads. But you're always better off with a long gun. There are plenty of rifles I could name off but I think you're better off with a shotgun loaded with slugs.

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Everything about Alaskan bears I learned from Anna_Purna
First pic would be a shotgun with slugs.
Second would be a lever action 45-70.

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Brenneke Slugs in a 12 gauge. Most use a pump but there is nothing wrong with a double. The pump carries more rounds but the double is faster and shorter. If the bear is charging, you probably wont have time for more than 2 shots if that. They are fast. I chose a 12 gauge pump over the 44 mag on very sound advice from some people that knew what they were doing. I was also told to carry the shotgun not sling it. No fancy sights. If you need sights a ghost ring or look at the dangerous game sights. If you are carrying a handgun, do not cover it. It has to be instantly accessible. The bigger handgun rounds were not around then. Long pistol barrels are too slow to draw so no more than 4". Some of the guides were carrying African class double rifles but they had to back up a client.

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Rule #1: Always travel in bear country with a friend.

Rule #2: Always carry a gun to shoot him in the knee so you can out run him.

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Thanks for all the input everyone. The 12ga or a 45-70 lever gun was pretty much what I had planned on, I've already got a Mossberg 500 with a 20in barrel, but it seems like that is going to turn into a ton of weight when you consider that one may be carrying several days worth of equipment or a packed out animal or fishing rods, or an entirely different hunting rifle etc so I was thinking a pistol would be nice. But like axe said, carry accordingly. Also just throwing this out there, I have a ruger american rifle in 30-06, with the exception of bears will this caliber suffice for the majority of game species there or should I consider upgrading the choice of caliber?

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Thanks for all the input everyone. The 12ga or a 45-70 lever gun was pretty much what I had planned on, I've already got a Mossberg 500 with a 20in barrel, but it seems like that is going to turn into a ton of weight when you consider that one may be carrying several days worth of equipment or a packed out animal or fishing rods, or an entirely different hunting rifle etc so I was thinking a pistol would be nice. But like axe said, carry accordingly. Also just throwing this out there, I have a ruger american rifle in 30-06, with the exception of bears will this caliber suffice for the majority of game species there or should I consider upgrading the choice of caliber?
the 30-06 will work on just about any animal in North America.

if packing alot of gear, a large bore pistol might be an option to help keep weight down.
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.30-06 has taken large game on every single continent on earth, and in damn near every country. It has taken every species of what is considered "large and dangerous" game, from mountain lions, Rhinos, Cape Buffalo, to Polar Bears and elephants.

Is it the BEST for everything, or even some specific game? Hell no. But it's proven that it's up to the task, everywhere and for everything.

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You mentioned for bear defense.

Joking aside if it were me I'd focus on a pistol. I think you will get very tired of toting a rifle if you are out walking, fishing or any other than a dedicated hunting trip. Much easier to keep it very near within reach while fishing for example.

Most of the bigger bore pistols should work fine - either semi-auto or revolver - doesn't matter. Just something you can safely and accurately handle.

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If I was hunting in Alaska my choice would be my 45-70 loaded with hard cast 405 solids. You would need to handload or go with buffalo bore brand as off the shelf ammo for that caliber is excessively weak.

30-06 is sufficient for anything in Alaska long as your not using hollowpoints or amax/vmax type bullets.

I have fired big 500+ handguns and firing them fast or accurate is not easy. I couldn't imagine relying on one vs a bear charging me at full speed

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Bells tied to your boots/shoes when out in the bush and not bear hunting.

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