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.338 WM too much for Black Bear?

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.338 WM too much for Black Bear?

I have an upcoming hunt for spring bear in Idaho, and I'm trying to decide which gun to use. I have a .280 that I've been using for Wisconsin whitetails for the last 15 or so years with no problems. Besides the .280, I also have a .338 WM (that I have not drawn blood with yet) that I contemplated using. I figured being that I'm only hunting for 5 days, the .338 would offer me more "insurance" if a bear doesn't offer me the greatest shot, meaning a quartering shot where I must break down the shoulder first. I know shot placement is the key, but having the extra horsepower never hurts. I would be using 225gr Accubonds.

Would I be overgunned? Am I overthinking this? Sorry, but I've never hunted bears and I don't want to screw up my first opportunity.

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    Re: .338 WM too much for Black Bear?

    The 338 winchester with 225 AB's would be a very good bear combination. The 280 will work also but you are not overgunned with the 338 on bear.
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    Re: .338 WM too much for Black Bear?

    My neighbor uses a .338Mag and has used it on Bear every season, if its for Black bear sure it may be a bit big, but he uses it and never had a problem.
    I have used a .35 Remington and a .3006 also my 7Mag. I think you will enjoy eating this year just get the meat cooled down as soon as you can.
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    Re: .338 WM too much for Black Bear?

    You can never be over gunned only undergunned.

    The 280 will work but the 338 will work better if you are comfortable shooting it.

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    Re: .338 WM too much for Black Bear?

    +1 on the "you can never be over gunned"

    I know a guy who uses a 416 rem on them blackies. Knocks the s@%$! out of them.

    Use the 338.
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    Re: .338 WM too much for Black Bear?

    Despite all the hoopala about hunting BEARS, they are no harder to kill than whitetails of similar weight. Let that be a guide to cartridge selection.
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    Re: .338 WM too much for Black Bear?

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    Despite all the hoopala about hunting BEARS, they are no harder to kill than whitetails of similar weight. Let that be a guide to cartridge selection.

    I would disagree. Especialy the coastal blackies. Some of the toughest critters there are. That's a another topic for another thread though.
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