Re: Black bear round
The average black bear is not very hard to kill. The average whitetail caliber is all you need for your average black bear. Notice I"m saying "average."
I've killed 4 black bears. Of the 4, 1 was a big one at #10 for youth in Oregon, 18 15/16". I didn't get a live hanging weight as we skinned and quartered him in the canyon, but he was all of 400 lbs. I took this bear at about 200-250 yards with my 300 RUM, 1 shot and he slid on his nose. Glad I had that cartridge at that time for that big of bear.
My other 3 bears I have killed with a "lowly" 25-06 at 375, 440, and 450 yards. 2 of the bears took 2 shots to kill, the other took a single shot. I was using 115g NBT's on the 440 and 450 yard bears, and the 117g sierra gameking on the 375 yarder.
I believe in using enough gun to a certain extent. If you cant shoot a big rifle well enough to hit where you should be, then you should not be using it, as a smaller caliber with better shot placement will be more efficient.