Re: 260 rem or similar
I shoot a 260 and although mine is superbly accurate, sub 0.1s, I do not know I would choose that for the occasional black bear. Though putting the bullet where it counts is a great advantage and of utmost importance, I believe the small diameter bullet is not going to dump the energy you need for a quick kill and personally I would not want to be chasing a wounded bear. As for deer, it's a fantastic caliber. I would look more toward a 7mm-08 or 308 if you want to stay in the lower recoiling realm of a short action. Are the 30-06, 280, and such too heavy in recoil? The 260 is a fantastic cartridge but my personal opinion makes it one I wouldn't chase bears with.
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