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If you were going on a moose hunting trip to Alaska with a resident, (so there is no outfitter based suggested supplies), what would you take?  Bear may also be involved!
Firearm
clothing choices
rain wear
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sleeping bag suggestions
hunting related supplies
 
The hunt is still in the planning stages, so where and how (float vs. hike vs. who knows) is still up in the air.
 
Suggestions?
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.375H&H as far as the rest goes can really help you there, good boots will be very important for sure. your going to want light clothing that repels water well and yet keeps you warm, its alaska after all. a good compact gun cleaning kit would be a good idea, even if its just a boresnake type.

im fairly certain that if you talked to enough people in here they will be able to line you out. John Barsness would be a good one to ask.


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I was also thinking along those lines, Pyro.  We may be taking a small group of 4--one has a 338 ultra, one has a 416 rigby, but being left handed, I was moving towards a new gun.  I have a 7mm Rem mag a bolt stainless stalker, but was thinking along the lines of a 375 H and H.  Suggestions for the left handed world?
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i do believe, and i may be wrong but i could swear that the min. allowable caliber in alaska in bear country is .338, i may be wrong on that i will look at the alaska web page and get back to you.

as far as your rifle, you can get a m700 xcr in .375H&H in left hand check out remingtons web page, they have section just for south paws.
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Nothing wrong with the 7 mag for moose.
Layered clothing, wool or synthetic.  A waterproof and breathable outer barrier.
Hippers that fit good around the ankles.
I still have an external frame pack and won't comment.
A synthetic bag of good construction. I have a North Face but any good brand will do.
Compass, maps, GPS with local topos loaded, fire starter, medical kit.......
 
 
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no doubt the 7mm mag is enough for moose, especially when coupled up with a good bullet. i suggest the H&H or .338win mag for bear defense more than anything.

just so its clear, dont wanna give anybody the wrong ideaBig Smile
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Could always get a 50bmg but the 375h&h will do the trick too.
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i wouldnt want to have to carry a 50bmg at 9000ft above sea level for a week with a slew of brown bears nearby Bucky

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What about a double rifle in the 500 nitro! I like double rifles! lol

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But there won't be a 270 on the trip!
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what about a LOTT?

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7mag will do in moose, but if your going to purchase a new rifle I'd jump into either 338 or 375.  As always, good boots and hippers, I like wool clothing, good rain gear.  Most importantly a good set of knives for when you harvest your 60" moose. 

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Don't forget a good digital camera thats waterproof
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338 win mag is more popular in Alaska than .375 H&H and if you look at the balistics at 400 to 500 yds they are quite comparable. The real difference is that you can buy some .338 WM rifles in Tikka left  or the Savage Accutrigger Accustock left hand at really reasonable prices compared to the cost of a .375 H&H most of which are quite costly.  The 7mm mag is probably adequate but with the kind of bears they have there I'd go .338 WM and the scope I would want is the Trijicon 2.5-10x56 with the amber post.  You will probably want rain gear made of Gortex or some type of waterproof outer shell or tarp. Really good boots  Irish Setter Snow Claw Xt    2000 gram thinsulate.  Take two weights of gloves and adequate head gear be able to layer clothing  -- polartec.  North Face makes good coats.  Take a way to start a fire and two knives and a small saw or hand axe ( the Glock shovel has a saw in the handle. http://www.glock.com/english/outdoor_entrench.htm   Several pairs of socks in case they get wet.  A couple of MRE's and basic survival kit with emergency first aid supplies.  Nalgene bottle and provodine iodine to purify water. 
GPS & compass &  topographic map
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i dont know if anybody mentioned this or not but from what ive been reading other places about alaska hunts, they all recommend you take rent a satellite phone since cell phone service is spotty at best.
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

i dont know if anybody mentioned this or not but from what ive been reading other places about alaska hunts, they all recommend you take rent a satellite phone since cell phone service is spotty at best.
 
Good thinking, not all outfitters, if your using one, will have that availible, and I doubt cell coverage is good.
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suggestions on the boots/waders?  Spotting scope, or binos on a bipod/tripod to use also with shooting?
We had already discussed the sat phone rental!
 
Other Ideas on 338 vs. 375?
 
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Thinking back you have a gun adequate for moose. Why not get a S&W 500 revolver for Bear!  It would add a new aspect to the hunt and you could easily carry it in addition to your rifle in case you saw a bear on the moose hunt!
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I would say a good set of binos would be fine instead of a spotter for ease of carrying around being you dont' know what your doing as far as type of hunting, stalk, walk, sit.
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Try to get your friend to haul the moose out after you shoot one that is a lot of meat and hide antlers to pack back across miles of frozen ground to camp Watch out for bears  they can smell moose blood for miles .
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My brother-in-law and another friend did a drop camp for moose in Alaska. He ended up with a nice one that was around 55". He used an .06 in a Sako with a 1.75-6 Leupold. He also had my FA83 in .454 for back up.
He was worried about his shot being a dinner bell for bear, but none materialized. Packing it back to camp was indeed and ordeal. His buddy stood guard while he was cutting. It took several trips and it was wet and the ground was soft. Add serious work outs to the list.Wink

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There was a story posted on here Smilea year or two ago about a couple of guys shot a moose and one had to shoot a bear with his handgun a 44 mag. I think Chris posted it and it had some good pictures.
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 I would not even attempt a hunt like that unless I were in absolute TOP physical condition.
 A dead moose, Alaska's "Take Everything Edible" meat salvage laws, hip waders, and miles of muskeg between moose and camp can make it one of the most physically grueling hunts on EARTH. 
 I'd probably just use my trusty old .30-06 and 200 grain Nosler Partitions, but if I were to buy a new rifle for that hunt, I think I'd jump right to a .416 Remington, Weatherby or Rigby and 400 grain bullets. It would be a fairly short, light, fast-handling, stainless, bolt-action, weatherproof, hard-kicking S.O.B., and it would never be more than one step away from me during the entire hunt!
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Now you're talking. 416 Weatherby for me, please! And +100 on the top physical condition requirement. I'm thinking hunting real near where a float plane can land would work best for me...
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All good ideas!  Keep them coming.  Still not sure about the rifle!
 
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