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30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

 
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:44 PM
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30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

I just found out I will be going on a guided trip to Alaska for bear next fall. I assume the guide will have a backup rifle in the 460 range, so I was thinking of taking my 30-378 loaded with 200 grain Barnes LRX. My favorite hunting load is pushing about 3200 fps.

I'm just curious if anyone thinks this load will be sufficient. Should I try and borrow a larger caliber? Should I try out the 230 grain Berger OTMs?
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:37 PM
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

I would think those 200 gr LRX would be an excellent choice.
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

Barnes TSX, LRX, TTSX

Northfork

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all of the above are kickass bullets.

Certainly the 30 cal bullet from the 378 case will kill big bears. Better ask your guide/outfitter about your choice though. He may laugh or cuss you and tell you to bring something bigger. He could also tell you that your rifle will be just fine.

I'd prefer a min of .338 diameter myself and lean more to the .375.
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

Talk to your guide. It's up to them in the end what they will or won't allow you to use.

If you set yourself a range limit of 600yds you should have more than enough power to get the job done with the right bullet. Several good choices are mentioned above. You might however consider moving up to the 210-230gr range and seeing if your rifle will shoot them well.

Penetrating power is essential with those big Bruins, but of course you still have to place the shot well so accuracy is just as essential.
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

That combo will be more then enough for any bear on the planet as long as your up to the job. Most guides will tell you what they recommend and most will tell you a rifle that you shoot very well so you make a good first shot placement. That is much more important then the amount of power your packing.

If you make a good first shot, there is less chance the guide will have to go into the bush after a wounded, pissed off bear!!!

Most guides will want at least a 30 cal and usually a magnum version. Some require larger calibers so I would just contact your guide and see what he has to say.
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

Thanks for all of the immediate feedback guys. I will stick with the 200 LRX at this point and check and see what the guide is comfortable with. I would much rather pack my own rifle that borrow someones I'm not comfortable with.
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Re: 30-378 & 200 gr Barnes LRX enough for Brown Bear?

Good topic for discussion here. I (as other have already stated) believe your combo will work well for your intent, I would believe (i'm no Bear guru) that the big 30's would be the lower end of the acceptable caliber range. Your WBY definitely has the velocity & the Barnes has the integrity to smash & break any obstacle a Brown bear can throw at it. My only concern would be in the possibility of a charge where a 30 cal might not be favorable anymore. Charges, although not a guarantee seem to happen (at least you hear more about them).

The advise to consult your guide is spot on, they are the "been there done that" crowd whose advise should be heeded more than all others. I all actuality, you should be good to go & I will be somewhat surprised if your guide thinks otherwise.

Make sure you author a nice "tell all" for Len to post here, you know us hunting junkies love to read bear stories
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