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Old 04-02-2013, 10:15 PM   #21
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And someday you will stand before the judgment seat of to the Great Bear in the sky!
Gello's ansestors were Indian fighters, he's gonna shoot that bear too.

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Will a 30-30 kill a black bear -- sure it will, and many dead bears can vouch for this, but it would not be my choice for a hunt if I could afford a rifle in a caliber that would give me more of an edge. Is a 30-06 necessary for black bear? No, but imo it is one of the more flexible, all around calibers out there today, and it will do the job on most North American animals. Same with the .308. If it were me going on the hunt, I'd probably carry my Savage 99 in .300 Savage, as it is lighter than my 30-06.

Don't get me wrong, I like the 30-30, and think that it is currently an underrarted round, but it is the minimum I'd choose for black bear. If you go with the 30-30, one thing you might look into is the Buffalo Bore ammo, sort of a 30-30 +P, supposed to boost it's performance. I have not tried it myself, however, but have been considering ordering some just to play with.
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I would agree with the possum,, a 30-30 will definitely kill a bear, but one with some extra thump would give you some extra room for error. A 30-06, .308, or a round capable of extra horsepower that you can shoot accurately and comfortably is what I would consider. I know exactly what I would use,, and that would be by 98 Mauser in 7mm magnum with 160gr. Nosler Partitions. Some would say it is a little much, but it is accurate and the bullet has all the penetration one would need for a large bruin in my opinion.
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