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Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by DwRuger, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. DwRuger

    DwRuger Active Member

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    I'm new at this high power shooting, I baught a Savage 111, 30-06 ,and put a sightron SII 6x24x42. I was told not to shoot any thing lighter than 180gr. for bear hunting is this correct info, or is the gun not enough. Only have access to factory loads [​IMG]
     
  2. LDO

    LDO Well-Known Member

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    what kind of bear?and where are u to be hunting ?-dave
     

  3. Nodak7mm

    Nodak7mm Well-Known Member

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    Sir,

    If I may comment regarding hunting black bears your choice of cartridge is an excellent choice. IMHO you don't need a bullet larger than 180 on blacks. For the -06 I would use 150-160's as 180's and up are built for moose/elk size critters. Your scope choice for a "typical" bear hunting setting is not good as most black bear hunting is done over bait piles and at max ranges of 20-30yds due to the heavily wooded enviroment. If you want scoped sights, consider a 1.5-6, however your application may differ.. Above all, shot placement is most critical/the key in any hunting situation..

    I am speaking from my experiance of hunting black bear in the woods NW MN.

    Nodak
     
  4. DwRuger

    DwRuger Active Member

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    i think i will be hunting black bear in maine, over bait only talk to guide few times so not 100% sure. I choose that scope incase i decide to hunt something further out and target shoot but thanks for your advice
     
  5. deergrunt

    deergrunt Well-Known Member

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    I have an '06 myself. Had it for over 20 years. I have taken many animals with it over the years. I agree with Nodak7mm, shot placement is the most important. Stick with quality ammo and you will be humping a big black bear out of the woods.

    Good luck with your hunt.