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#3191910 - 02/10/19 11:28 AM 30-30 for bear calling
Tracker0721 Offline
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Registered: 06/17/18
Posts: 317
Loc: Republic WA
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.

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#3191961 - 02/10/19 02:46 PM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tracker0721]
Tomahawk Wisconsin Offline
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Registered: 01/04/14
Posts: 31
Loc: Wisconsin
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
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#3191975 - 02/10/19 03:50 PM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tomahawk Wisconsin]
tripod3 Online
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 7858
Loc: WA
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
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#3192078 - 02/10/19 11:59 PM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tracker0721]
West.Mass.Hunter Offline
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Registered: 02/09/17
Posts: 664
Loc: Massachusetts
Nothing wrong with a heavy core lokt
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#3194070 - 02/21/19 03:12 AM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tracker0721]
Cowboy43 Offline
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Registered: 03/11/18
Posts: 93
Loc: S.E. Kansas
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.

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#3207423 - 07/06/19 05:06 AM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tracker0721]
Slagiatt Online
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Registered: 07/04/15
Posts: 109
Loc: washington
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

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#3207448 - 07/06/19 12:42 PM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tracker0721]
ackleyman Offline
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Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 8281
Loc: Hickville
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.

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#3207711 - 07/10/19 11:06 PM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tracker0721]
steve garrett Online
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 2165
Loc: tx
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.
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#3207884 - 07/13/19 07:02 PM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tracker0721]
Dultimatpredator Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 07/06/07
Posts: 2365
Loc: Wisconsin
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


Edited by Dultimatpredator (07/13/19 07:03 PM)

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#3207900 - 07/13/19 10:28 PM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tracker0721]
Tracker0721 Offline
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Registered: 06/17/18
Posts: 317
Loc: Republic WA
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!

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#3207956 - 07/15/19 03:27 AM Re: 30-30 for bear calling [Re: Tracker0721]
Slagiatt Online
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Registered: 07/04/15
Posts: 109
Loc: washington
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

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