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Old 09-15-2011, 05:25 PM
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Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

You might want to talk to your guide as to how far he will let you shoot and bullet selection. I'm not sure he would be happy to be the guide of the first hunter to shoot a coastal brown bear with the new Berger. Especially if he has to trail it deep into a thick alder patch after the shot. I've not shot any brown bears but from all the reading I've done over the years on hunting them my instinct would be to go with a proven performer such as the Barnes or the A frame as already mentioned. Just my two cents.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:44 PM
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Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

Thanks to all for your input. As for the Barnes bullets, because of past bad experiences with terrible fouling and poor accuracy, they are simply not an option. I understand that some swear by them, but they are just not for me. To add a little more, I am an AK resident so I will be unguided but I will primarily be a back up for my dad that will be using a .408 CT, but we both also carry .500 S&W's. I have the utmost confidence in the terminal performance of the CT Partition bullets, but the Bergers shoot wonderfullf out of my Lapua. I guess I just wanted to have my cake and eat it too... Does anyone happen to have a G7 BC for the CT Partition Gold moly coated bullets?? Once again thanks to all.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:31 AM
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Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

First off, sorry was not able to post this sooner but good info and pics anyway. During october of last year myself and my father went on a 4 day brown bear hunt in SW Alaska and here is the big boar that he harvested. It was taken at 300 yrds with a .408 Cheytac and I was a backup with a .338 Lapua. Suprisingly it ran about 75 yrds from the first bullet while absorbing at least 3- 250gr CT Partition gold and 1 more Rocky Mtn 420grn .408 bullets before finally succumbing. Needless to say I was a bit shocked that it moved at all after being drilled with the Cheytac. The bear squared just a hair under 10ft and was very fat. Also here is a pic of one of the 250grn Partition Gold bullets that were recovered,214grns.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:41 AM
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I always like when folks follow up with the rest of the story-Thanks! Nice bear, and how unbelievably durable is that.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:55 AM
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Wow, nice bear and thanks for the post!
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:03 AM
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Nice story, must of been a thrilling hunt. Sometimes a few extra shots reminds you how tough these bears really are. You have to take more than your jacknife for em.

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Old 03-27-2012, 08:52 AM
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Great story and pics. Thanks for the follow up. Congrats to you on a successful hunt!!!

I did use the 300 gr Bergers extensivly on antlope , deer and several elk last season. They worked great, all one and DRT. I am only posting again because I am interested in knowing if you the OP was happy with the bullet preformance that you posted the pic of ? Not looking for a debate at all. I am just interested as it seems some hunters like different things. Some like the bullet to stay in tact with a smaller wound channel. Others (like myself) prefer the bullet to expand more and make a much larger hole and damage vitals with fragments. Now, I am not saying there was anything wrong with your bullet proformance. Just that I would opt for more destruction if I wanted them DRT, (my personal preferance) . Also I will admit I do not hunt browns or Griz, (not yet anyway) but we do kill some large bulls and I have seen the results of both types of bullets and how the animals react after the shot. After many years of pushing Bergers thrugh elk bone even the thickest of the shoulder, I have dismissed the internet theory of them not penetrating bone. My first hand experience is different, they will, and what comes out into the vitals cavity is very distructive. I realize that the bullet like was posted will also "obviously" do the job. But it is always said "when they run to the alders with a Berger" I am not buying into this. It is my experience that they go farther with a less expanding bullet. I think if some of the guys posting these statements could see what I have seen they would have a better idea of what actually happens.

I will not post again in this thead. Not looking for debate. I simply felt the need to share what I have seen. Plus there is a thread on here where two Griz were taken with 7mm Bergers and I have my opinion of how those bullets preformed for that hunter. And also in talking with Shawn Carock about the Black Bear taken with the 300 Berger it was described to me that you could see inside the bear and there was not doubt the vitals were distroyed.

Bottom line, again thanks for posting the story and results. I am thrilled for you!! I hope to take a swing at one myself one day. For now I only get to read about hunting Browns and Griz.

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