260 and black bear

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by Travis1971, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. Travis1971

    Travis1971 Well-Known Member

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    Hello, I'm planning to go black bear hunting (in NY) for the first time I have an number of rifles in large calibers but nothing really handy that I want to take on this hunt. My question is I have a 260 , has anyone ever used this caliber on black bear? I'm sure it will work but don't know if it would be an ideal choice. Anyone have a recommendation on bullet and weight that you have used? Or would I be better off just moving up to a 30 caliber?
     
  2. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the exact same boat as you and got plenty of responses. I leave mid September and have a 300 win mag and 7mm that I'm considering but my need 260. Rem is itching to taste it's first blood.

    I'm debating on the 140 berger HVLD's, but most people are recommending 140 accubond or partition. If the bergers don't pan out, the accubond is the route I'll go for sure
     
  3. Travis1971

    Travis1971 Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to have a 308 set up but mid sept is coming fast, and I didn't want to just purchase something to get by with. I also have a 300 rum and 7mm that I'm sure are more than I need for black bear, but both these rifle are not real handy for the area we are looking to hunt.
     
  4. CPGfan

    CPGfan Well-Known Member

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    I've shot a couple bears with a 6.5x47 with 130 JLKS with no issues. One was shot at 60 yards and one at over 500. I've seen a couple of buddies shoot them 6.5x47's as well. If I were you I wouldn't hesitate. This is a 6.5x47 bear at 350 yards. He didn't go 10 feet
     

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  5. fireroad

    fireroad Well-Known Member

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    Use a 140 gr Nosler partion and you will be golden. My buddy has shot several big Idaho black bear with that bullet out of a 6.5x55 Swede with very good success. Black bears are heavy bodied but thin skinned.
     
  6. Travis1971

    Travis1971 Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone used the 142 grain accubond long range?
     
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    blackdog Well-Known Member

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    Both the 130 and 140g Berger hunting vld's will be plenty for your black bear hunts. Take the .260 out and have fun. No need to worry any more about it.
     
  8. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    The 260 is plenty of gun for black bear. I dropped a 312 lb black bear with my 6.5 Creedmoor and it did the job just fine. I used the 140 amax which worked very well. Going in behind the front sholder and pretty much disintegrated inside the chest and what was left lodged in the opposite shoulder. My personal chose would be the 130 SST, its absolute devestation on medium game.
     
  9. rwk

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    Shot placement the KEY!
     
  10. Cold Trigger Finger

    Cold Trigger Finger Well-Known Member

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    I myself would never choose a frangibile bullets for any kind of bear hunting. My choice for my 6.5 Creedmoor is the 130gr TSX . 2nd choice is the 130gr Sirocco. Both bullets leave the muzzle of my 18.6" [email protected] fps. Very deadly and easy shooting.
     
  11. harveyspecter

    harveyspecter New Member

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    gun)gun)
     
  12. Idahobuckeye

    Idahobuckeye Well-Known Member

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    I have to second the swift scirrroco those bullets get it done and should plenty to kill a bear I've shot some big white tails upwards of 250# and dropped them like a bad habit with that round