BIG BEAR MEDICINE
Remington’s Model 700 AWR, the American Wilderness Rifle ($1,150; remington. com), is ideal for an Alaska bear hunt. Moderately lightweight at a little over 7 pounds, even when chambered in bear-stopping calibers such as .300 Win. Mag., it carries easily on long vertical hauls. Just as important, the 24-inch stainlesssteel barrel has a corrosion-resistant black Cerakote finish that protects the rifle should you drop it in the surf, as I did as I loaded my bear into the boat. —D.D.