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#3184612 - 01/11/19 02:42 PM Re: Black bear caliber advice [Re: marine guy]
DesertRam Offline

Registered: 04/26/01
Posts: 8397
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
My wife killed her one bear, albeit not a large one, with her .257 Roberts shooting 120 grain soft points. One shot, dead on its feet. Second shot, dead in its tracks. Over bait.
"A person is smart; people are dumb panicky dangerous animals and you know it." K as played by Tommy Lee Jones, Men In Black

#3186317 - 01/17/19 06:05 PM Re: Black bear caliber advice [Re: marine guy]
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Registered: 12/02/03
Posts: 648
Loc: Nampa, ID
My "bear over bait" gun is an AR15 6.8 SPC with a 18" Bison Armory barrel and 3-9x40 scope with illuminated dot reticle shooting 120 gr Hornady SST. In my opinion, plenty of gun for Idaho black bears. I would be comfortable with anything from .243 to .30-06.
My friends 13 y/o son smoked the biggest black bear I've ever seen in person (350lbs) with a .243 WSSM from 50 yards.

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