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Old 12-20-2013, 06:20 PM
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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
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:39 PM
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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.
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Old 12-20-2013, 09:51 PM
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Re: new to bears

thanks for the reply i was thinking that i might need abigger dia. bullet like something in .338 or .35. don't want to back away from building a new rifle.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:42 AM
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Your 270 or your 30/06 will give you more than enough power to put down a bear. Just use a decent bonded bullet.
Remember that bowhunters kill them all the time.
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:52 PM
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what would be a good bear bullet for either weight and designi normally use 150gr. nosler on the 3006 think i should go up to 180 the 270 not sure what to use. whats a better bullet for non magnum calibers
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:34 PM
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If you wanted to shoot the 270 i would personally go with a heavier bullet. Any of the guns you mentioned would do a fine job with a good bullet and correct shot placement. If you want a dedicated bear gun a 35 rem or even a 45-70 lever gun would be a hell of a bear rifle. If you need a reason to buy or build a rifle we are here to help you. You don't "need" a different rifle what you've got will do just fine with the right bullets. Check the barnes tsx or tipped tsx they're a tougher bullet and would probably be right up your alley. I will be hunting blackies here in alaska with a 25-06 and 115 berger vlds, I've got a 7rem mag with barnes tsx for back up just in case a long shot needs to be made and a buddy will be carrying it.
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:57 AM
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The fact that that guy is going to use a 25/06 should tell you something. With a good bullet out your rifle you will be fine.

150gr or heavier out of your 30/06
130 or 140gr out of your 270

Hornady interbond or nosler accubond, or something similar.
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