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    My choice is my 375 H&H Ruger 77. Or my 416 Rugby scout rifle (This is 2nd choice because it hurts to shoot this one ---however it is a short light powerhouse).

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    Don't hunt bears, but if I did, probably a 30 30 using 170 grain CL bullets, or a 444 loaded with 270 grain Speer Deep Curls, in close cover brush. Or a 30 06 in open country using 165 grain Speer Grand Slams. I live in South Texas, we don't have bears down hear though. In all honesty, If I am going to pay big money to go out of state on a big game hunt, it wouldn't be for a bear. I'd rather spend my money on a good moose or elk hunt. But, I will say, that is some beautiful country.

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    Since hunting here in Idaho can be short or long (all in the same area), I opt for a slightly heavier rifle, same as I do for elk. I carry a Ruger 77 MkII stainless/synthetic (I scrapped the canoe paddle factory stock and put on a Hogue) in 338 WinMag, using 225 gr BTSPs. Hits hard, and shoots flat. What's not to like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy23* View Post
    My choice is my 375 H&H Ruger 77. Or my 416 Rugby scout rifle (This is 2nd choice because it hurts to shoot this one ---however it is a short light powerhouse).
    I have also killed black bears with my Steyr Pro-Hunters in 376 Steyr. (I have two.) They sport 20 inch barrels and iron sights. The 376 Steyr is a good bear round - just slightly less energy than the 375 H&H and more than the 9.3X62. Like the H&H, the 376 Steyr has more of a "push" recoil.

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    I took a .45-70 lever rifle on my first black bear hunt, a .300 H&H single shot on my second, and a .375 NE 2-12" single shot on my third. But I don't think that counts because I have yet to shoot a black bear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grenadier View Post
    I took a .45-70 lever rifle on my first black bear hunt, a .300 H&H single shot on my second, and a .375 NE 2-12" single shot on my third. But I don't think that counts because I have yet to shoot a black bear!
    Of course it counts! I've hunted them, and other game, many times without notching a tag.

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    My mulie rifle became a black bear rifle back in 1979. My huntin' bud ran into a foul tempered blackie while we were on opposite sides of a ridge IVO Newport, WA. One shot from my '75 Mod 788 308 Win put the bear down for good. The bear was able to shake off three good shots from my friend's Mod 700 243 Win. Mr. Bruin was getting ready to bum rush my buddy just before I was able to kill it.
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    Dang, Jay!
    You had your knife in your teeth, too, didn’t ya?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgriffin1988 View Post
    Dang, Jay!
    You had your knife in your teeth, too, didn’t ya?
    On my belt...……….
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    I've never "officially" hunted for bear but I did kill one back in 1959 with a .38 Spl. revolver. Long story short, a college age church youth group on a 4th of July camp out near Yosemite national Park. A bear came into camp and dragged a young lady out of her tent and I shot it twice behind the ear. Gun was an S&W 38/44 Outdoorsman shooting a 158 gr. cast bullet over IIRC 11.5 gr. of H2400 powder. As we were not exactly sure if we were barely inside or or actually out of the Park, my girl friend and I broke camp and camped elsewhere.

    If I were to do a bear hunt today I would probably have to do a stand hunt over bait. Two bad knees preclude much boondock hiking anymore. I would probably use my .35 Whelen with the 225 gr. TSX bullet as first choice, or maybe a .358 Win with 250 gr. bullet. Might even take a 30-06 with a good 180 gr. bullet and call it good. I'm not sure if using dogs is legal here in Arizona and I don't think baiting is either. I have a good electronic caller so that might be an option. I'd probably also have my .44 Mag. or .45 Colt Ruger Bisley with John Linebaugh level loads as a back up piece, whichever one I shot best. I might even take my .375 Taylor wildcat for a bear. It has .375 H&H ballistics in a 30-06 length action. At 7.5 pounds ready to go I does kick like and angry mule. It was meant to be a carry a lot and shoot very little type of gun when I was running for a transfer to Alaska. Didn't happen but I still have the rifle.
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