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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

I was wondering what weopon I should use for caribou hunting?

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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

You can use just about whatever weapon you desire; rifle, muzzle loader, or bow, can't use a handgun in Canada though. Just about anything that will work for deer, with the exception of on the very low end, will work for caribou. Most hunters use rifles with which they are cable of taking fairly long shots, out to 300 or even 400 yards, which are sometimes the only shots presented by that big bull on the open tundra. However, shots this long are generally not neccessary to take a bull, proven by the fact that bow hunters are very successful on caribou, though that is a great challenge and not as high a success rate, at least in terms of a kill, as with a rifle. If we narrow your question down to bow or gun, then we can talk more specifics as to calibers, bullets, etc...

Good luck on your hunt. Where are you going?

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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

I will be going to Alaska and I was thinking of useing a 30-06. What gun do you suggest?

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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

i used a .300 win mag, because i also hunted moose. a .270 or .30-06 will fold thm up just fine.

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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

The 30-06 you are thinking of using will work just fine. You can use 150, 165, or 180 grain bullets, with 165's being just about right, but any of them would work if you have a load in one or the other that you already are used to. Caribou aren't the toughest of game to kill, but they are bigger than a deer, so you will want to use a bullet that offers a good compromise of expansion, penetration, and downrange performance. Ballistic tip bullets can work but really aren't the best, nor are bonded bullets neccessary. Nosler Partitions are great as are the Winchester Fail Safe's and XP3's, but those are just the ones I am familiar with and there are many other good bullets. Good luck and have a great hunt.

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Location: Youngstown,NY
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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

I have hunted caribou sucsessfully twice in Quebec and my advice, especially if your trophy hunting is find a good flat shooting rifle and practice,practice,practice.Caribou country is flat and barren and it seems the best bulls were always the farthest away.I saw bulls drop out to 600+ yards.Some good performers were the .300 ultra mag.,.270 short mag.,7mm RUM,7mmSTW just to name a few.The four bulls I shot fell to a .300 Weatherby mag.There was no tracking involved.Remember practice,get in shape and be prepared to cover every inch of skin ,it gets but cold up there!

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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

30 odd for sure man all the way it will do the job and more its the most agile weapon there is. Stick with it it wont let you down.

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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

I have killed 4 caibou in my life. They are smaller than an elk and bigger than a deer. 3 of them was with a .270 win. The smallest with a .338 win mag.

farthest shot was 200 yards.

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Location: new brunswick
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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

rifle-.243 and up what ever you shoot comfortably. muzzle loaders and bows are always an option and if you're hunting in the usa ask an outfitter about pistols

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

Question: Do people really take 300-400 yard shots frequently on the tundra? I know it's flat (i've been to Alaska, but only to fish), but doesn't the wind blow like crazy fairly often, thus making long shots more difficult? I don't know as I've not been to the tundra but once many years ago.

If it is the case that it is windy often, I would think that a heavier grained bullet would work better... maybe your 30-06 with at least the 165 grained bullet. I know about shooting in the wind, as I am from the Texas panhandle, but I might be wrong about the wind in Alaska. I just know that Gnome, Alaska is one of the only cities in the U.S. that is on average windier than Amarillo, Texas. Heavier bullets with reasonably fast velocities work the best (if it's too slow, the wind has too much time to push on it, and if it's too light, the wind will steer it off course).

You really can't ever go too wrong with the -06, but I bet that 338 win mag would be better on those longer shots. Also, what if a friendly bear shows up to take your trophy? Always better to have too much gun.

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Location: Melvina, Wi.
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What gun to use while hunting caribou?

I hunted them for years (12)with an 06 and later with a 300(13)-not necessary but you are often in Grizz country and 300 better stopper for them--Shots can be as long as you want- but me I always tried to get ahead of them and waittill they were close--also never never went too far from camp-- tough carry on Tundra.

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