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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chester County, PA
Buy and take the extra fully functioning firearm.
Trying to rely on one rifle and then taking the other one as a source for parts in case something on the main gun breaks strikes me as too risky - especially on something as special as a moose hunt. Shoot, I would not take that chance on a prairie dog shoot.
Also, you know how these rifles are and trying to repair one in the field without the appropriate tools is a prospect that I personally would dread. It would take time away from the hunt or from the company of your companions and there is the possibility that you may be incapable of the repair or, heaven forbid, the replacement part does not fit (unless you do the Eli Whitney Test - you really won't know if all the parts are perfectly (PERFECTLY) interchangeable.
Spend the extra money, get a back up gun, sight it in and have it ready to go. Sell the extra gun when the hunt is over. I would venture to say that not one person here wants to hear that your hunt was ruined or hindered in any way - especially because of a malfunction firearm.
Good night Chesty, wherever you are......