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Alaskan Package

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ruger_dude, Aug 14, 2008.

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  1. ruger_dude

    ruger_dude Member

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    Whats your Alaskan package, only 1 handgun and 1 long gun the price of them must be under 1300 dollars.

    I did it this summer with a Remington 870 with a slug barrel and a Ruger P90 and never once did I feel outgunned.
     
  2. Thernlund

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    Combined price? Or each?


    -T.
     
  3. TexasRifleman

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    Marlin guide gun in .45-70 and skip the handgun.
     
  4. ruger_dude

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    Combined.
     
  5. Thernlund

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    Dammit Tex. That rifle was my answer. :scrutiny:

    But, for a handgun, the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .454 Casull. ;)


    -T.


    EDIT: I guess my picks come out to more than the $1300 when talking MSRP. But I'm sure I could get them both for under $1300 via other channels (Gunbroker, Bud's, ect.).
     
  6. TexasRifleman

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    Great rifles aren't they? And still pretty reasonable price wise.
     
  7. OregonJohnny

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    I have never been to Alaska, but assuming I would be out in brown bear country, which is what I assume the idea of the question was, I'd take my Remington 870 Marine loaded with Brenneke slugs, plus my Ruger Redhawk 4" stainless .44. Two all-weather guns with reliable actions and pretty decent fire power.
     
  8. Larry E

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    The Forest Service did some field research a few years back, and the report I read from recommended the largest caliber rifle a person could shoot, and the .458 Win was their #1 choice if a person could handle it. No handgun and no shotgun slug would reliably stop an irritated bear. The Marlin Guide Gun in .450 Marlin or .45-70 would likely fill the bill. I'd really hate to aggravate an already unhappy brown bear by shooting him and not finishing the job right away.

    Being bear food is VERY low on my list of things I've always wanted.
     
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    Ruger Alaskan in .454 and an 870, probably loaded with slugs (ie "Loaded for bear") :D
     
  10. Thernlund

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    It concerns me, Larry, that it's on the list at all. :scrutiny:

    :D


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    I've heard of a few people hunting the largest bear with them, but I don't know anyone who carries a .458 wm as bear defense up here. That's an elephant gun. Do you have a link to that source? That would be for dropping a Kodiak at 200 yards, not stopping one at 20. Nothing this side of a 30mm cannon can absolutely guarantee a stop, but that's just the risk you run.

    F&G, troopers and all the state and federal agencies I know of and have personally seen pack slug guns. Many, many brown bear have been stopped and killed with slugs. A brenneke magnum hardcast is if anything superior to a magnum .45-70 at close range.
     
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    Being a born and raised Alaskan I must say you guys are on the right track. Myself, I prefer a large caliber lever gun whenever possible, .444 marlin, 45-70 both work great. Allot of folks prefer a good 12gauge with .00 buck and/or slugs preferably marine coat. As far as a pistol...minimum .44 mag, myself I carry the Ruger Alaskan .454 casull but allot of guys carry S&W 500.

    DS
     
  14. mgregg85

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    I'd go with the 870 synthetic stocked rifled slug barrel for the long gun, preferably with the mag extension. I definetly wouldn't be using any kind of slugs designed to expand, i'd be looking for some kind of very hard cast slug.

    As far as the handgun goes I'd take a ruger redhawk alaskan in .454.
     
  15. Nate C.

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    My response depends entirely on what I plan to do while in Alaska. Am I up there to fend of bears, hunt caribou, suppress rioting, or rob banks?
     
  16. Thernlund

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    How about all of the above. ;)


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  17. Nate C.

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    Hmmm...for application to 'all of the above', I can only think of the 60mm mortar.
     
  18. TallPine

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    The really big question is: What gun for mosquitoes? :p
     
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    Only .600 Nitro Express can down a Florida mosquito.;)
     
  20. ruger_dude

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    Just talked to one of my buddies, hes making the trip next month and is taking a Glock 20 and a bushmaster 450 tell me that won't drop a bear.
     
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    I vote for 12 ga slugs.
     
  23. paintballdude902

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    ruger hawkeye dressed in synthetic with a matt barrel chambered for .300 winmag

    ummmmmm hand gun....... well im used to the ruger .454casull we have so ill take that

    does this mean i can use the money i didnt spend on the rifle on a back up?jk
     
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    I'm being a broken record here but my Ruger Alaskan in .454 Casull and either my Marlin Guide Gun in 45-70 or my short barrel Remington 870 with slugs. All of which I'm very comfortable shooting so they would be very comforting.
     
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    My guides in AK were carrying pump shotties with buckshot 1st followed by slugs. They said a load of buckshot to the face would cause the bear's pause and a better opportunity to follow sith the slugs. Of course, this assumes an up close and personal encounter.
     
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