Black Bear Hunting

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  1. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I get what your saying. I am not saying it can't be done with a .243, I just think 85gr. is taking a chance. Can it be done? Absolutely, but I would prefer a 100gr. Also, it is all about shot placement. I think the 110gr vmax is fine and as for the 30-30 and .270, those are great calibers. I have a .243 and if I was packing it and all I had was a 85gr round, then I would be hard pressed not to go for it. But if I knew I was possibly going to be running across a bear I would choose to go with the gr for the .243. If the op goes for the bear with the 85gr bullet I applaud him for trying and hope he gets a big one.

    Thanks for the info Zurch.
  2. aa1911

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    The TSX has some impressive capabilities, don't underestimate that bullet just on it's weight; but I'd personally want something bigger myself FWIW. Shot placement is key if you do go that route, but with bear, 'buck fever' is that much more severe! I want some fudge factor/room for error if possible!

    As long as that TSX is poking along at a good pace to begin with, it will do the job, it's supposed to do very well at a wide range of velocities/distances on different game.
  3. targetacqmgt

    targetacqmgt New Member

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    How about a rifle with a good bayonet? I don't use a pistol in NC you have to register them with the Sheriff-and I don't want to register anything, though if there is any law enforcement I would trust would be local sheriff. The county I live in is very rual. I am in a town of 200 or less folks. We DO have a lot of black bears here about 15 miles away a fella got one about 800 pounds.
  4. aa1911

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    like a M44 mosin? or some other military rifle... heh heh, all I can say is good luck if you're down to a bayonet!

    When I train with long guns, I always practice transition drills; when the primary goes down either jam or out of ammo, I control it down with my off hand while drawing my sidearm, letting the long gun hang from it's sling. But the M1A I use is pretty reliable, has yet to jam once on me except for one batch of bad reloads I made years ago, that was the ammo's fault (my fault, sized them incorrectly).

    I lived in NC for a while, had to get the pistol permit from the county sheriff just to buy a handgun, kinda sucks. Here in WA, I just walk in with me CCW and walk out with a handgun, too easy.

    A good rifle with multiple round capability of any kind bolt, semi, whatever, should keep you out of bear trouble. Or a solid hit from my .458 single shot, that will do the trick.

    I also use the shotgun with slugs if I'm primarily out for grouse, keep a slug or OOO buck loaded last in the tube, with 2 birdshot loads first. If I see a bear I just have to rack it twice and dust him, then reload. Or just unload all three on him.
  5. targetacqmgt

    targetacqmgt New Member

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    Noted:D
  6. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

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    thanks for the insights...

    i think i would only pull the trigger on a smaller bear, something less than 200 lbs as I would not want to bone out and pack a larger bear!

    been out twice so far and have seen very little bear sign in the area i am hunting, 3 weeks left though and you never know...
  7. Zhurh

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    Ya need good bait which really works best when they come outta hibernation and not much food is available. Our bear here in Ak interior are going to sleep pretty quick, snowed all last night.
  8. aa1911

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    Some bacon and honey somethin' or nuthers on a camp stove.... oops, did I say that out loud?

    I bought some predator calls to help lure them in also... gonna try calling them in with a buddy, we're going to sit about 100m apart facing each other and alternate calling. That way if a mountain kitty or bobcat comes up behind one of us, the other will be able to shoot. (or a bear for that matter)
  9. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

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    LOL, I thought about that too... I saw all the deer camps a few weeks ago and was wondering how many of them were just leaving some bacon simmering over the fire in hopes that a bear would come through!
  10. aa1911

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    Zhurh, what do you suggest for bait BTW? wanted to get your suggestions to add to my list of things. (not that I would ever bait.... just in case it DOES become legal here someday... ;))
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