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Old 02-18-2019, 01:27 PM
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Seems that the hardest decision to make is always which muzzleloader do I want to use . I am going bear hunting for spring bear in Idaho . Havenít been Bear hunting since no bears reside in my state , so Iím really looking forward to it.
Kind of a toss up between using a good long range inline to up my odds or an old school traditional and try to get up close and personal. Tough decision . Or maybe use something like my favorite White Super Safari
this is a spot and stalk hunt. No bait , no hounds, etc

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Old 02-18-2019, 02:37 PM
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You just answered your own question with your last sentence my friend.You gotta use a traditional rifle while huntin traditional style.What cal?Don,t forget you gotta use RB,s.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:09 PM
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My first thought was I would use my .58 H&A underhammer with round balls. My second thought was "You idiot, that thing is 54" long, has a 32" barrel and weighs 11 lbs." My final thought was my Omega X7 with 300 grain XTPs would do quite well for bear with an overall length of 37 inches and weighing in at 6.5 lbs. with a 23" barrel and a 4X scope. So the question is, just how much walking will be involved in that spot & stalk?

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Old 02-18-2019, 05:12 PM
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My first thought was I would use my .58 H&A underhammer with round balls. My second thought was "You idiot, that thing is 54" long, has a 32" barrel and weighs 11 lbs." My final thought was my Omega X7 with 300 grain XTPs would do quite well for bear with an overall length of 37 inches and weighing in at 6.5 lbs. with a 23" barrel and a 4X scope. So the question is, just how much walking will be involved in that spot & stalk?
me thinks there will be lots of walking , probably more than I will be capable of so I guess that should be figured into the equation
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:13 PM
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  • all set ... just need April to roll around ....
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:55 PM
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Man that is a tough one. I would love to take one with my .58 Rene. And on your hunt I'd talk to the outfitter (if you're using one). Maybe you can get more info on average shot distance, terrain, etc. IMO, if you stay downwind of a bear they aren't all that difficult to get in on provided the cover is adequate and you can move quietly. You can surely get within 75 yards and that would be no problem for a .54 or .58 PRB.
On the other hand, If you're concerned about eating tag soup after the hunt the you'd best take an inline. Give you more range especially if a scope is permitted.
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:57 PM
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BTW...where are you going? I hunted up in the Stolle Meaows area several years ago and shot a nice blonde phase bear.
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So what did you decide on?
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:36 PM
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No outfitter. A DIY hunt spot and stalk. I chose priest lake area in unit 1 in the northern Idaho panhandle
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:12 AM
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I guess its what works for the individual. I have shot and hunted with every caliber from 40 to 72 and for hunting big game especially bare and deer I use my .54 with 129 grains of RS and a .535 ball with a ticking patch lubed with coon grease. Works best for me.
I find the higher velocity to give both the best accurate long range and the best hitting power. I know there will people who quote number to disagree and people who think a bigger ball shot slower works better but after trying them all on deer and the 58 and 54 on bear this is what works best for me.
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