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Old 03-05-2012, 10:12 PM
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Re: 257 weatherby your thoughts??

The bears I have taken all went down without a fight. A bullet through both lungs will end it in a hurry. The 25 wby is more than a match for black bear. I for one would favor a heavier slug, but that just me.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:57 PM
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Re: 257 weatherby your thoughts??

I wouldnt be concerned at all. If that 80grner is what you have been shooting stick with it, it will kill a bear no problem. My brother in law killed one with a 22-250 50gr corelock i believe 250yds dead right there. My 257 has killed several deer, the longest was 760yds, another at 550yds. Last year in wyoming, I killed two antelope, and a mulie buck at 400yds, he dropped like a sack of taters haha.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:48 PM
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Re: 257 weatherby your thoughts??

thanks, I have used it for bang flops on antelope and since I will have a chance to hunt both I will stick with what I know works, zeroed at 300 Iam only 6" low at 400, cant wait
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:36 AM
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Re: 257 weatherby your thoughts??

I have shot bears with bullets and arrows and they have all been very tough animals. I"m sure your 100 grain bullet will kill the bear, but will you be able to find him when he dies? My policy is to get exit wounds on bears so your chances of a good blood trail are better. If I was hunting bears with a .25 caliber, I would shoot him in the neck. Everything drops with neck shots.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:16 AM
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Re: 257 weatherby your thoughts??

I think a bullet thru the lungs is the best way to go, Ive only killed 3 bears but one one was 503# certified scales, the other were 300 and 250#. I would not try to shoot at a bear in the neck with the hair it could look to be a good shot and might miss everything that matters, but I may be wrong because Ive never shot one in the neck.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:14 PM
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Re: 257 weatherby your thoughts??

You wont get an exit wound or a blood trail. Your bear will run off and dijie in the thicket
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I have shot bears with bullets and arrows and they have all been very tough animals. I"m sure your 100 grain bullet will kill the bear, but will you be able to find him when he dies? My policy is to get exit wounds on bears so your chances of a good blood trail are better. If I was hunting bears with a .25 caliber, I would shoot him in the neck. Everything drops with neck shots.
Oddly enough the only bear I've ever lost was hit in the neck, with no sign of exit.
The rest have all been boiler room shots from just about every angle imaginable. Aside from one we took with handguns, all died within feet, not yards, of where they were shot. A few tumbled off the mountainside or off cliffs, & needed to be recovered, but died lightening fast at impact or within 2-5 steps. (30-06, 270WSM, & 338Win) Most were taken with my 270WSM with handloaded 140 Accubonds, or bonded 150gr Fusions before I handloaded.
The handgun bear soaked up some lead. But died in a couple hundred yards. (44mag, & 357mag).
The only times id take a neck shot on purpose on anything, is if it was the only shot offered, & the conditions were right, or if it was in line with the vitals for my bullet path.
Weird how peoples experiences differ.
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