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Old 12-23-2004, 08:18 AM   #1
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Default .270 for black bear?

Would a .270 be effective in taking a black bear that weighed anywhere from 150-300lbs?
If so, what grain bullet would you reccomend?

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Old 12-23-2004, 08:40 AM   #2
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Default RE: .270 for black bear?

been guiding for bear for 15 years an in those 15 years i seen people take bears with just about any kind of rifle...including .270 guess what i learned in 15 years is....shot placement is what really matters.....270 is a good bear round
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Default RE: .270 for black bear?

270Win. should do just fine for black bear. I'd suggest use of the premium 140 or 150gr
bullets (nosler partition, core-lokt ultra, or trophy bonded, etc.).
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Old 12-23-2004, 10:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, guys!!

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Old 12-23-2004, 12:20 PM   #5
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Default RE: .270 for black bear?

The only bear I have taken by way of a CF fell to a 270 win with 130 gr Hornady Interlock SP, shot distance was around 100 yards and the bear measured over 6.5' (300 lbs range). He rolled around chewed at the hit sight and dropped for good before exiting the oats field - less than 50 yards.

I agree shot placement is the key, they have extremely large shoulder blades causing many to shoot to far forward (they are not whitetail so aim a bit further back!). I only bowhunt them now and let the near shoulder clear (stepping forward) then aim for the opposite leg, this opens up a direct path to his vitals. I suggest for any new bear hunter to stick to a premium bullet like a Nosler Partion, Barnes, Failsafe...this way if you clip that shoulder you have a bullet that is designed to penetrate heavy mass.
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Old 12-23-2004, 06:41 PM   #6
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Default RE: .270 for black bear?

The 270 shouldbe just fine i would use 150 partitions in it for bears.
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Old 12-24-2004, 03:35 PM   #7
 
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Default RE: .270 for black bear?

I used a 270 with a 150 gr. bullet to bag my bear. He just droped dead.
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Default RE: .270 for black bear?

Yes a .270 is good and the highest grain you can get in .270 will be good 150 grain or better
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Old 12-26-2004, 01:08 PM   #9
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I have used my 270-winchester to kill 6-black bears in the past. IMHO any premium bullet that weights 130-grains or more will work just fine. I am not even sure you need a premium bullet? I use premium bullets for everything I hunt so I always recommend them. IMHO Black bears are pretty easy to kill & die pretty easy. The only reason I give them any respect is because they can bite back.
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Old 12-26-2004, 08:03 PM   #10
 
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Default RE: .270 for black bear?

i used a .308 with a a silver nitrate bullet, bear dropped dead, my dad on the other hand used his mathews featherlight for both of his bears with a muzzy 100 grn tip, he had the same results

but we also have a .270 and i dont see that much of a difference between either gun, just shooting distances, but when it comes to guns the only thing i know about them is what i learned in gun safety, my expertise lies in archery.
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