.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.
Last edited by jasonprox700; 04-18-2011 at 01:52 PM..