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Spring Bear Hunt Help!

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by seaking11, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. seaking11

    seaking11 Millennium Member

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    I have a chance to go spring bear hunting in Canada. Need help on rifle selection;
    caliber?
    optics?
    manufacture recommendations?
    Hunting will be from a ground blind. According to guide, shots will be in the 50 to 75 yard range.
    I have a 20 year old winchester model 70 in 30 06 with Leupold scope. It has the adjustable weight on the muzzle that was supposed to help accuracy but I disliked it so much at the range, I've never used it for actual hunting.
    Thoughts?
     
  2. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    200 grain round tip bonded/partitioned, or 200 grain FMJ.

    Shoot a fair bit getting ready, it'd be a lousy time to miss.
     

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    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

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    Your 30-06 is perfect - so would any other caliber you would use for deer (243 to 7mm mag).
     
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    Your 30-06 is perfect, sight in at 50 yards with a quality 180 grn bullet.
     
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    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    We talking about black bear?
     
  6. seaking11

    seaking11 Millennium Member

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    Yes, Black Bear.
     
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    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Just making sure (hey, it's Canada).

    Your '06 with darn near any 180 grain soft point should anchor one if you do your part.
     
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    seaking11 Millennium Member

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    All, Thanks for all the great input! All I have to do now is convince the bride I'm deserving!
     
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    There's an old saying, If you don't know what rifle to use, get a .30-06 and some 180 grain bullets, and sight it in with a battlefield zero (50/200 yards). What that won't kill, you didn't want dead anyway.
     
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    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    As a former guide of 2 1/2 decades. Your '06 is fine my friend. Use a 180gr bullet, (SUGGESTION). You will be fine.......


    Have fun
    Good hunting.




    Canyonman