I have always loved to hunt, but never really get a chance to get time off.I was a Recon Marine for 12 years, and I am currently in the army. Unfortunatly I have been deployed for the last few hunting seasons and I just got my orbers back to Afghanistan for 10 months. The light at theenfd of the tunnel is I have orders for alaska for 4 years when I get back, and yes it may be my time to retire if the wife can take the winters. Im hearing alot about Alaska, and that it is not a place to go out and figure it out on your own, so being the type of person I am, I will ask the locals first and get advise. First: Is it worth using a guid at first and how much does it ussally cost. Second: I have a 4X4 Mosberg 30-06 and I am being told that I need to go with something bigger, this is hard to choke that one down so here is the third question, what is good for a big game rifle in Alaska? Last but not least, I am being told that a good revolver, 44 Mag or bigger is good to carry because I am not at the top of the food chain. Is there truth to this or will a 357 work. Im the green horn here so be easy, but I am really looking forward to picking some brains from the alaskin locals for advise. I will be off and on with this forum while I am in Afghanistan, so understand if I cant respond in a timely fashion.