South Carolina black bear hunting

Jay323

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

Jay323

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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
 

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