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Unread 04-01-2014, 10:37 PM
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Re: Daughters new bear rifle

Im actually going on my Wenaha spring bear hunt with a .243 shooting 95gn Berger VLD's. The 95gn VLD's actually have as good of a BC at 400yards as a .270 shooting 150gn bullets. (Numbers might be slightly off. I read it the other day).
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Unread 04-04-2014, 02:29 PM
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Re: Daughters new bear rifle

Nice to hear you got her squared away with her own rifle. I'm sure once you get her squared away with a load she'll be bringing more of those nice animals shes been putting down. That or she'll be asking daddy to shoot that 257 Weatherby you've been letting her use. Working on a 7 mm RM for my daughter,bigger critters up here in Alaska.
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Unread 04-12-2014, 08:39 AM
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Re: Daughters new bear rifle

I'd go with a 140gr Barnes or even a 120gr to get her started.
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Unread 04-18-2014, 09:21 PM
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Re: Daughters new bear rifle

My first choice bullet would be a 168gr berger. Even at close range I have had good luck with bergers. Second coice would be a 160gr nosler accubond. I used the nosler's for years until I found bergers.
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Unread 04-19-2014, 07:04 AM
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Re: Daughters new bear rifle

One of the biggest moose I have seen taken was shot with a 280 using 145 gr speer bt.Dressed out over a 1000lbs.He dropped straight down at a little over 100 yards.I went and bought one and have taken deer .bear and caribou with it.I think the 280 is a great choice for her.
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Unread 04-19-2014, 05:10 PM
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Re: Daughters new bear rifle

17 years or so back I got my youngest son a 700 Mountain Rifle in .280. He was 12 and solid, a farm boy. Still, I didn't want him to develop a flinch (I did when I was young) and I had the same concerns with weight, recoil, etc. I started him with 120 Nosler's and 4064. He was hammering groundhogs, foxes on the farm and shooting some real bragging groups from the bench. Went to 140's and 4064 for deer, same result - never a problem with recoil. A couple years later, for spring bear, I loaded some 154's and 4350. Shot well and by then didn't really bother him but he said the recoil was very noticeably heavier, as were the 4350 loads with the 140 Partitions. He's been a 1 gun guy since, though he allowed that it would be OK if I put him together a .22-250 for the truck and tractor. It's not his .280 but probably be OK for the groundhogs,foxes,yotes. He made it a point to ask for more 120 and 140 loads with 4064 for his wife before she had her own rifle. Take a look at 4064, mighty nice combination if you don't feel the need for the last bit of velocity.
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Unread 04-26-2014, 07:26 PM
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Re: Daughters new bear rifle

Bullet technology has come a long way recently and has opened up larger game with smaller bullets. I know of many bear taken with 140gr out of a 270. That being said I would have to go with a nosler partition, accubond, or Barnes. All bullets will be fantastic and proven. Now if money doesn't matter I would jump on some cutting edge bullets. Those bullets are not extreme range bullets because of the weight. But because of the design they are very good at turning small calibers into big killers.
Good luck.
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