Re: Best Rifle for a Black Bear Hunt
SKB, from a tree blind over bait, whatever you own will work just fine!
Friend of mine, some years ago, killed an 11'6" Brown Bear, in Alaska, with a .54 Santa Fe Hawken, on the ground, at about 30 Yards. His Name is Wesley Kyle. It was then the second, now, I understand, the third, largest Brown ever killed, by a frontstuffer, and this is B&C info.
A black bear, at maturity, might go 550#, with good genetics, and you are sniping it from a stand; I think, with a FMJ bullet, a .22 Hornet would do the job!
All kidding aside, and the above wasn't kidding, but all fact, I would think a .45-70, or a .375 Winchester lever gun, to be about optimal for the job; either round has enough steam to discourage, or dump, a black bear, in full PO'd mode, if the first shot ain't right.
My 1895 Marlins, Shiloh's, and a .40 C.Sharps Arms Saddle rifle, have always been "enough gun", in most of the western states.
Don't start no s**t and there won't be none, Terry