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Unread 01-13-2009, 12:41 PM
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Re: Black bear round

the statute of limitations is up on this one so i can talk about it......last bear i killed was with a 7.62X39 (ruger mini 30).....it was a young male about a 250lb that was raising hell around my place and tearing up everything that even remotely smelled of food. Made the shot with him standing in the bed of my truck....one shot through the lungs (and out through the fender)...50yds, dead bear....the 308 will be plenty of gun....AJ
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Unread 01-14-2009, 02:18 AM
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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.
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Unread 02-17-2009, 01:42 PM
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Re: Black bear round

What do you think of a 14" barrel (pistol) chambered in 7mm 08?

I want to hunt with this little gem, and I want to hunt black bear. They don't get too big aroud here, and I don't mind tracking a bit. It's a great size for the hills and is scoped for a good shot. I don't plan on shooting far. I'm generayy a bow hunter and feel comfortable getting closer than some might, for a good shot.
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Unread 02-17-2009, 06:18 PM
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Re: Black bear round

that sounds like a sweet hunt. Im up in B.C so handguns are out of the question. sucks to be me, but i look forward to hearing about your hunt!
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Unread 02-19-2009, 12:13 AM
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Re: Black bear round

Oh ya thats plenty gun for black bear. I've dropped them with .243 Win.
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Unread 03-01-2009, 04:04 AM
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Re: Black bear round

I'm saving up to get myself a 308 to blast them bears.
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Unread 03-01-2009, 07:11 PM
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Re: Black bear round

Of the bears I've shot, they've been with either my 45-70 or my 7mm RM. Both have plenty of power to take a bruin out, as does your 308. Just remember that a bears vitals sit a bit lower in the body than a deer. Aim mid body, and it won't be going far. Are you planning on hunting over bait, or spot and stalk?
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