Bear Hunting Alaska

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by MountainBear, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. MountainBear

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    The .45/70 will be going. But I will still take something else. The .45/70 will be good if I have to track a wounded animal or to stand guard while an animal is dressed out (no free lunches for big bears).
    Otherwise I want a rifle with a bit more distance. I think I have narrowed it down to building a .30-06, a .35 Whalen, or a 9.3x62.
     
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  2. Argonaut

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    I have always loved a good 35 Whalen but if I was building a rifle from scratch I think the 358 Norma is more versatile. 250 grains at 2700 fps and it will fit in a standard length action. Better bullet availability that the 9.3 bore and if you need, brass is easy to make.
     
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    If you are going to build something, according to your earlier post, why not consider the 300H&H. I know you don't want to consider the 300wm or 338wm. Make it something cool like the old 300H&H since you already have "9 or 10" 30-06's......;) The H&H has mucho cool factor going for it..
     
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  4. MountainBear

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    It does, but the work to stretch the actions that I have available isn't worth the squeeze. If I had a Howa or Remington action laying around, the H&H definitely has a cool factor to it.

    But opening an old Mauser, while possible, is likely more than I really want to do. I'd have to open the bolt face, mag box, the bottom of the action, and massage the feed rails and feed ramp...
     
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    I gotcha. I forgot you were building on a 98. How are the other 30-06's set up? Excellent glass? Perfect balance? Does one handle better than the others or are you just bored and want to build a new rifle? Could you modify one of the existing ones to better suit your needs??? New Mcmillan stock for instance? Lighten one up and throw a primo scope on it, for another example...
     
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  6. MountainBear

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    I could use most any of them and have a great hunt. This is an excuse to build a rifle for a once in a life time (at least for me) hunt.

    I have so many rifles that I could definitely hunt anything in the US and almost anything in the world. If I added a true dangerous game rifle beyond my .45-70, then I'd be all set. But there's limited fun in using something I already have. Much more fun, since I have to build a gun for my father in law anyway, so I may as well build two rifles...
     
  7. bsa1917hunter

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    Very cool. I'm thinking you should build a matching pair. One for your FIL and one for you. Laser engrave the floor plate or something so you know which one is which...
     
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  8. MountainBear

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    He has much different desires in what he wants. He wants a slick barrel 19" .30-06 truck/boat gun. I want a 22" barrel with iron sights and a scope.
    I like the laser engraving. May have to try that.
     
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  9. MountainBear

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    Well, I broke down and ordered a .35 Whalen barrel. I haven't decided which of my Mauser actions to use yet.
     
  10. orygun

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    You'll have plenty of rifle.
    I'm too late, but was going to say 30 Newton.
     
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  11. MountainBear

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    I considered .308 Norma magnum for a bit too. But after everything, the nostalgia of the .35 Whelen won out!
     
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  12. Argonaut

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    I built a 308 Norma magnum on a VZ24 action years ago. Was a good round and worked great in the standard length Mauser action. We rechambered an 06 barrel as I remember.
     
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  13. MountainBear

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    Once I get all the parts together I will start some build threads. I currently have at least four Mauser builds in th barreling stage.
     
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