South Carolina black bear hunting

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by Jay323, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. Jay323

    Jay323 New Member

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    I'm planning to hunt some black bear this year with a friend but all I ever use is my trusty 8mm mauser rifle. Would that be enough for the black bear here in South Carolina? I load my cartridges with a Sierra 220gr SPBT Game King bullet with a nice healthy dose of IMR 4350. Chronoing around 2700fps.
     
  2. Catahoula

    Catahoula Well-Known Member

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    It all comes down to shot placement. That is plenty of bullet. Black bears just don't take that much killing. Practice, practice & practice!
    Good luck, Kirk
     
  3. domit

    domit New Member

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    that works about like a 3006 rember to send pictures.
     
  4. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    I would use it. Any of the medium bores, launching bullets with sectional densities in the 0.3 range at moderate velocity give will give reliable performance on black bears.

    I don't know the 8mm Mauser, so I'm honestly just asking, I wouldn't have expected 2700 fps is that usual?

    It wouldn't change my answer 2500 +/- would still work well.
     
  5. Jay323

    Jay323 New Member

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    If you load to the more traditional load for the 8x57 cartridge it will do about anything the American 30-06 will do. The Factory load ammo here in the states are very watered down for the 8x57 cartridge. It's sad really it's a good cartridge when it's loaded to it's potential. I've seen some loads reach slightly above 3000fps with a 196gr FMJ. Military loads like the Turkish 8x57 cartridge runs HOT!

    Thanks for all the replies! I thought I would have to buy another rifle or sell some organs to my dad to use the 35 Whelen! LOL
     
  6. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    Hey now! You never said you had access to a .35 Whelen-That could change the entire discussion. LOL! Good Luck!