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.338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

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Unread 04-06-2012, 02:00 PM
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Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

275 a frame ? thoughts?
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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

    The 275 Swift A-frame is a great bullet, I've seen what it will do. Being of a curious nature, and having seen the other Accubonds perform I'd go with the 300 grain bullet.
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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

    Having hunted these critters and been around them for many decades I have only carried the Nosler partition.

    When the Accubond came out I tested them for a couple yearsin my 358STA. For the most part I have switched to the Accubond in everything I carry as a regular hunter.

    I have never had a problem with Barnes,Nosler,Woodleigh but have always felt absolute comfort when up close and personal with an 800 pound sow brownie and cubs with attitude and I have been there a number of times.

    I ran across a sow with three 2 year old youngsters still hanging around with mom one spring many years ago. Under conditions like this one cannot wonder if abullet is going to pass or fail. A bear isn't impressed with BC and does not read the energy charts. It needs a bullet that WILL stay together as the gentlemen with the 408 experienced.

    First shot- breakup down
    second shot finish them off.

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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

    Thanks Neal. sounds like you have had a ton of experience. have used the accubonds on these big guys? My goat outfitter last fall said he likes the accubonds and partitions.
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    Unread 04-07-2012, 11:10 AM
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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

    The toughest test for the Accubond to date was when my wife took a large Bison bull between the eyes @ 50 yards. The accubond bullet from her 338 WSM lodged in the neck muscle some 15"-18" from the entrance. If memory serves me it was a 200 grain but may have been a 225 grain bullet. We do not hunt with anything above 225 grain unless backing someone up.

    Goat,black bear and smaller Brownies have all fallen without incident. No large bear have been taken to date by us however using the Accubond.
    There isn't any Brown bear out there that are built as tough as that Bison forehead bridgework however.
    Neal
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