Re: bear hunting gun suggestion
Black bear, as a general rule, aren't too tough to kill. But some bears act like they're invincible. Weird really. But as a general rule they drop the same as a deer with the same energy.
I've killed em with everything from .44mag to -06, to 270WSM & 338Win.
I have a Buddy has killed more bears than anyone I know with a 243, BUT, he doesn't shoot waaaay out there either.
Figure around 1000#'s of energy, same as a deer, & you'll be fine with the right bullet.
200gr Accubonds at 2900fps from a 300WSM is my current build for the exact mission you describe. Eventhough a 300Win, or Wby, or RUM, would do it with more authority. The WSM gets me there, & is cheaper to load for.
Big 338's are in a whole different league. They put all the smaller stuff to shame at the LR game. But they guzzle powder & cost a lot to load, & shoot.
Id love to have a 338 Lapua, 338RUM or 338Norma, for task specific 800+ yd shooting/hunting, & use my 300WSM for everything closer than that, but I'm not made of $, so the 300WSM is the best choice for ME, & MY style of hunting, range, & budget.
Hope this helped, & didn't muck up the water too much.
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