Originally Posted by ducmarc
i've hunted the va. wva. mountians on and off for 30yrs. mostly a meat hunter. this fall had a close incounter with a fairly large black bear i've glassed them but never been in smelling range. i have to say i've never been on edge like that on a hunt in my life. now i'm hooked. i had my270 with 100 grs partitions and was afraid i'd just maim him. so my question is what is a a good caliber and load(i reload) for brushy 150 yrd shots? i have a 3006/270/ and a 6mm rem now but wouldn't mind building a dedicated bear rifle thanks
I've seen them killed with all 3 rifles that you have - don't see a need for anything bigger. With a good bullet and well placed shot you'd be just fine. I personally think the 6mm is a little on the light side but only because of the bullets. Black bears are not as tough as we'd like to think they are.