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Monday, November 28, 2011

Alaska Survival: The .375 H&H Magnum Review

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For most survivalist living down in the Lower-48 States, the threats faced when things go south are completely different than what we Alaskan’s face—almost on a daily basis.

Alaska is surrounded on three sides by oceans. We have more active and dormant volcanoes than any place on the face of the globe, and our state gets rocked with 5,000 earthquakes every month.

The primary threats that we face are due largely to the antiquated transportation system that we rely upon for all of our food and critical supplies such as fuel, vegetables, and other consumer commodities.

The railroad hauls a lot of stuff into our cities, followed closely by the various airlines that fly in priority shipments. Sadly though; most of what we have, is brought in by marine barge service. These barges are oftentimes delayed because of bad weather. Whenever that happens, the prices seem to go up a little, and our transportation and distribution network comes to a near standstill until the barges finally make it into port. Maybe that’s why Alaskan's are paying about 60% more for things, as opposed to people living down in America.

Alaska has seen it’s share of natural disasters; but I think that the new generation has completely forgotten the little fact that Mother Nature can wreck our lives quicker than a flashbulb going off. Everyday I see young couples shopping for their evening meal with no through given to next week, or the consequences of how their lives would be affected if something BIG were to happen while they slept.

The one good thing about surviving in this Great State, is the simple fact that there aren’t that many people living up here. Most big states down in the States have more people living in them, than the population of Alaska has altogether. That’s a definite bonus when the zombie-apocalypse occurs…

With the current trend of survival firearms becoming more militaristic in nature ; the fact remains that an assault rifle just doesn’t work up here. The caliber is too small to stop large predators, and to ineffective to be useful for hunting our game.

Most of us carry and use heavy caliber rifles and handguns, for both self-protection, and hunting. That doesn’t mean that the assault rifles aren’t present, just that they aren’t the primary weapons that the average Alaskan survivalists considers worthwhile.

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The Remington #700 “Classic” .375 H&H Magnum stands out as one of the better survival guns up here. The rifle is lightweight, easy to maneuver in the bush, and the ballistics of the heavy-hitting slug will perform under the extreme conditions found up here.

 

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I tend to use the 300 Grain cartridge for both hunting and predator protection. This particular bullet comes roaring out of the barrel at 2645 feet per second—and is devastating with its 4661 pounds of pure energy. Whether it’s a bull moose that will put meat in the smoker, or to stop a charging Grizzly Bear; the .375 Holland & Holland Magnum is up for the job.

I’m always asked why I choose a caliber that costs nearly $85.00 for a box of 20-Rounds. The answer is pretty simple; When that 1000 Pound Pissed-Off Grizzly Bear is coming at you at the speed of light, and the only thing between you and certain death is a $4.25 bullet—how much would you be willing to spend at that “exact” moment to save your life?

“Everything in my wallet and everything in my bank account !”

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Over the years I’ve talked with many other people that like to roam the bush-country about what type of weapon that they carry for bear protection. I've heard everything from shotguns, to handguns, to little .22 caliber pistols; but I’ve never heard of anyone humping an assault rifle as a bear gun. For some reason that just doesn’t jive up here.

I’ve been told that “shot placement” is the key to dangerous bears encounters. But I look at it in a funny way; When that bear is coming at me, I want the first shot to stop it—or kill it in its tracks. If I have to shoot a second time then it’s only to put the bear out of its misery. I want maximum firepower, maximum bang for my buck, and live to tell about it—thankful for having spent $85.00 on the box of shells.

as with anything related to survivalist, my ideas are my own, and I’m sure that not everyone will agree with me on this subject, or my choice of calibers and firearms. But you see; that’s my choice, and my way of doing things. When the chips are down the only thing that you have to fall back onto—is yourself and what you have learned.

I learned that big game, and big critters require a big bullet—sho nuff”---

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