Bear hunting with a 30-06

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by SubSniper91395, May 23, 2012.

  1. SubSniper91395

    SubSniper91395 New Member

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    Does anyone know if a 30-06 can take down a bear, such as a Grizzly?
     
  2. mountainman13

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    Yeah it can. Probably wouldn't be my first choice.
     

  3. JTJ

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    It has been done and more than once. I would use the 220 grain loads.
     
  4. SubSniper91395

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    What would your "first choice" be?
     
  5. SubSniper91395

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    Ok that's what I was thinking
     
  6. beastmode986

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    umm 50 bmg,just kidding wouldent a 10 gauge shooting slugs be ideal
     
  7. mountainman13

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    Anything bigger you might have.
     
  8. orangello

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    I wish you the very best of luck in your bear-killing endevours. Don't forget the .44mag backup revolver, JIC. Becoming food for the bear means YOU have become a part of the problem, at least until it poops.
     
  9. SubSniper91395

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    Thanks for all the advice, now I gotta head to the range and sight in the new x-bolt for my hunt next week
     
  10. JTJ

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    A 30-06 is a hell of a lot more powerful than a 44 mag.
     
  11. orangello

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    Maybe wipe some bacon grease on one of the other hunters.

    Generally harder to holster or one-hand, though. "back up"/BUG/"my leg is becoming an horsdevour"
     
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  12. Shoobee

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    50 bmg would actually be an excellent choice.

    Any 12 gauge or larger bore with slugs would be a good chose for close-in 25 yards or less.

    All of the other rounds available are a matter of maximum available foot-pounds of energy at your intended shooting distance.

    The 338 mag and the 300 RUM rifles are all commonly used on brown bears. Even then, they don't drop right away, so you would need to plan to use your full 3 + 1 box-magazine capacity, and a buddy standing nearby with the same, plus each of you with heavy revolvers as a backup.

    This is called dangerous game hunting, because the game can bite you even after you have shot it a bunch of times.
     
  13. Shoobee

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    Orangello always comes up with the most novel solutions.

    His point is valid though, unless the bear chooses to bite someone else, it is very like to bite you anyway.
     
  14. Shoobee

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    There are 4 good choices here, for a backup, 3 of which are actually better than the 44 --

    - 454 casull

    - 45-70 gov revolver

    - 500 S&W magnaported.
     
  15. losack

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    45-70. Marlin Lever, handy and deadly!

    Also, my S&W 629, 2 1/4 barrel side arm. (for when the bear gets pissed off because I shot it! :))
     
  16. Shoobee

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    You missed the whole point however.

    Besides your rifle, with 3 + 1 loaded, you would also want a heavy sidearm, and a buddy next to you with all of the same. At least.

    3 buddies together would be even better. As would 4.
     
  17. Shoobee

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    The heavy Smiths are normally better with a much longer heavier barrel on them however.
     
  18. Wildalaska

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    I personally know at leat 6 old timers who use 06 for bear

    WildbulletplacementAlaska ™
     
  19. orangello

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    If you don't get at least three other signatures on your scorecard, the round doesn't count, and you may have to re-bear.
     
  20. beastmode986

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    Wow i thought a 50bmg would be overkill,however im probably underestimating the strength of a grizzly.
    How tough are these grizzlies to take down i thought a 30-06 would easily do the job and 2+ people???
     
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