SSGT Harold Day (USAF vet)
In early 80s during my first assignment to the great state of Alaska myself and two friends got stranded for a week at a remote fishing camp. I had a Ruger Single Six with 2 mag cylinders and a 6" barrel. It supplied a half dozen rabits, probablie a dozen squirels and a couple fat porqupines for the dinner pot to supplement the trout and salmon. I also had a Winchester Trapper in .44 mag borrowed from a friend. Although I didn't need it it definately made us feel better with two big a@##ed brown bear roaming the area. One was a sow we only spotted a couple times with two cubs probablie two years old. The other was a huge rough looking male with more than a few scarrs that kept coming right up to the cabin at night. My friends had a Mossberg 500 with slugs and a Ruger Redhawk with an 83/8" barrel. Mabie nothing to reach out much more than 100 yards but we were in pretty much heavy brush and trees south of Seward. If I was furthe north I'd probablie prefer a 30-06 to reach out farther. Most of my frinds and coworkers said they prefer more stoppin power. Myself I've bagged moose, white-tail, mule deer and carribou with my trusty ol "Sears" and as a number of Alaskan nativers told me thats all you really need. Though I'm not putting down the 300s or 375s, just never needed bigger.