After sorting through all the good info in this part of the forums I want to pose a question. I am looking for a long range hunting rifle. Now here come the criteria.
I live in Alaska, where the animals come in large, extra-large and holy crud look at the size of that. So I want something that with maybe, upping the grains on the rounds, will take down pretty much anything. Worst I may have to be concerned with are our large brown bears. Main game would be caribou, elk and moose. For smaller game I already own a G22 rifle. While yes it was bought as a plinking gun to go to the range with my sons, it can still be used for small game, has built in sites and an 8 round clip. So that area is covered. As for a side arm, carrying anything smaller than a .44 in bear country is an invitation to being mauled by a wounded angry bear. But .44 suggestions are for another thread. I do have some hunting experience, and military background so I can shoot and know how to maintain a weapon.
Now my father-in-law is in favor of the Ruger scout 308. I like the iron sites idea incase optics become unusable, but the 308 is a tad small for brown bears. I did look at Savage 111s but the one I saw did not have any iron sites. I also looked at a Winchester with sites, but the price tag was prohibitive. I would like to keep it under $800 if possible, under $600 preferable.
I am thinking of something in the 300 win range and prefer iron sites as well as being able to mount optics. Looking for something easy to maintain and light weight comparably. Not adverse to synthetic stocks and such. This is a weapon that would be included in any bug out situations, so it needs to be able to be used for worst case scenarios. As I have heard that 300 win can have a decent kick, upgraded, aftermarket stocks can also be included in any suggestions.
Thanks for any suggestions.