30-30 for bear calling

Posted by: Tracker0721

30-30 for bear calling - 02/10/19 11:28 AM

Iíve got my 270 for any rifle hunting of big game I wanna do, bow hunt mostly, but for bear calling in the timber Iím thinking a lever action 30-30 would be good. Any suggestions on a decent bullet for 100 yard and closer black bear? Iíve only taken whitetail with my 30-30 and that was a random box of core locks my dad handed me from the closet as a kid.
Posted by: Tomahawk Wisconsin

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 02/10/19 02:46 PM

Tracker,My first black bear was shot over bait with my marlin 36 at 30 yds 150 grains did not run but 15 yards.also my wife shot one at 30 yds over bait it ran maybe 20 yds.she was using the same 30.30 with 150 or 160 grain. I would use a heavy bullet that would expand well,like a soft point.I use hornady lever revolution for coyotes because I hunt for the fur,but I would not use them for bear.IMO are you hunting over bait?

Good luck
Posted by: tripod3

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 02/10/19 03:50 PM

The 30-30 has claimed a lot of game over the decades though it isn't heard as much these days.
Remington Corelokt's are just as good today as any. I have used them for decades successfully.
Here is another related thread.

http://www.predatormastersforums.com/for...529#Post3183529
Posted by: West.Mass.Hunter

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 02/10/19 11:59 PM

Nothing wrong with a heavy core lokt
Posted by: Cowboy43

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 02/21/19 03:12 AM

Ive been using the Rem Core locks this year on hogs and its been an absolute hammer. Granted every shot ive connected on has been 30 yards and under, it has done very well for me.

Although i have absolutely no doubt it would work on Black Bear, I would really choose my 35 Rem. Over the 30-30 if it was indeed for a close encounter with a bear.
Posted by: Slagiatt

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 07/06/19 05:06 AM

Ill be out calling bears with a 1949 marlin 30-30 starting august 1st, hopefully ill have a couple success pics to post up here next month
Posted by: ackleyman

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 07/06/19 12:42 PM

I have called in several bears while trying to call varmints in N. Az.

They run in all pumped up, NOT like hunting over bait. Just like coyotes, they may not stop....just a thought for you to consider. I had one run in and stand up in the road. I swear, he looked 30 feet tall.

Since you live in bear country, a good investment would be a Browning in 358 Winchester.

I carried one old Korean War navy ship captain that said he had never been as scared as when that bear ran in and stood up on us, said it was worse than a MIG attack on his ship!

Another multiple purpose weapon would be a rifled barrel shotgun, they are very, very accurate!

If you have an existing shotgun, consider getting an extra rifles slug barrel.

Also, my Rem 11/87 with an extra full choke patterns Rem 3" 000 buckshot 100% in 20" at 40 yards.

Two kinds of hunting top all that I have done, hunting lions with dogs while riding mules, and hand calling in black bears. A bear can sound like a volkswagen coming through the woods, and you can hear them for a ways off. They can growl, snarl, and clack their teeth trying to intimidate another predator that may have a wounded deer that they want to take away.

A reliable Rem 7400/7600 in 30/06 would be one heck or a rifle, carbine best with these rifles being very accurate as a general rule if you keep them clean.

Use every possible scent control available if you want to call bears.
Posted by: steve garrett

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 07/10/19 11:06 PM

probably any of the run of the mill 30-30 bullets would work, flat point 150's or 170's. love me some 30-30, there is a reason why it was so popular back in the day.
Posted by: Dultimatpredator

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 07/13/19 07:02 PM

Iíd tell you the heaviest core loct offering. Iíd pick around nose as well being itís made to expand quickly.

Realistically any 30-30 offering will get the job done. Iíve got 2 Remington 7600 special run 18.5Ē barreled carbines chambered in 35 Remington and 35 whelen and a marlin 100 th anniversary chambered in 35 Remington, a 450 bushmaster Ruger American, a Ruger 77/44, and an original 44 mag semi auto carbine, and I keep my S&W 329NG strapped to me....let me know if you need back up.lol
Posted by: Tracker0721

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 07/13/19 10:28 PM

Iím sighted in with my 30-30 and 160 grain Hornady flex tips! Those pack a lot more punch then the core loks! Found a lot of bears for our new Aug 1st opener! Gonna be a fun season!
Posted by: Slagiatt

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 07/15/19 03:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Tracker0721
Iím sighted in with my 30-30 and 160 grain Hornady flex tips! Those pack a lot more punch then the core loks! Found a lot of bears for our new Aug 1st opener! Gonna be a fun season!


I live in 121 but ill be up in your neck of the woods (101) august 1st calling bears
Posted by: Slagiatt

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 07/31/19 09:53 AM

First light tomorrow, its on!
Posted by: GC

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 08/01/19 12:00 PM

Good luck, keep us updated!
Posted by: Slagiatt

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 08/07/19 11:06 AM

Called in to 15 yards, dropped him with the .30-30
Posted by: GC

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 08/07/19 02:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Slagiatt
Called in to 15 yards, dropped him with the .30-30


Nicely done sir!
Posted by: reloader326

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 08/07/19 07:19 PM

Congratulations!! What was his weight?
Posted by: Slagiatt

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 08/07/19 07:51 PM

No idea. Too [beeep] heavy to move around, i know that much
Posted by: BMeyer

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 08/09/19 10:37 AM

Congratulations buddy, always great to see your success!
Posted by: Tracker0721

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 08/11/19 09:02 AM

Nice! One of these evenings this week Iíll be finally out calling em.
Posted by: Slagiatt

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 08/12/19 10:48 PM

Originally Posted By: BMeyer
Congratulations buddy, always great to see your success!


Glad to finally get the chance to test out the beautiful call you made. Called in a doe and 2 bears with it in just a handful of sets. Works great. Cant get back out hunting until friday morning, but i intend to post up another bear pic featuring that call soon.
Posted by: Slagiatt

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 08/17/19 10:12 PM

Called another in today and rolled it with the .30-30 at about 40 yards
Posted by: loader1

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 04/07/20 09:07 PM

I have had great luck with my 30/30 win Marlin 336w. 2-7 firedot leupold. works great when they are upclose and I'm hungry
If anyone want to know the load send me a pm.
Martin
Posted by: SlickerThanSnot

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 04/09/20 11:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Tracker0721
Iím sighted in with my 30-30 and 160 grain Hornady flex tips! Those pack a lot more punch then the core loks! Found a lot of bears for our new Aug 1st opener! Gonna be a fun season!


well? you get one or no?
Posted by: Dultimatpredator

Re: 30-30 for bear calling - 04/10/20 06:44 PM

The thread is worthless with out pics!!! Letís see the bear(s)! I just loaded up some lee 200 grain bullets for my 35 Rem 336. My alloy is 50% clip on wheel weights and 50% pure soft lead with 2%pewter mixed in. I powder coated and gas checked them. I have them loaded with a ladder test to max with imr 3031. Iíll have to get out and see how they group. I also have a 200 grain hollow point mold for my 35ís. I need to pour some out this week.