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    Bear Killing Gurus

    As mentioned in a earlier thread, we're covered up here in bears, I pulled a trail cam card, and from wed. to this morning there were 36 pics all were bear pics, not a single deer!!! So, I think a bear is gonna die here, the question I have is this, where should one shoot a bear, through the shoulder, through the lungs, try for a heart shot? The reason I ask is I've never killed a bear, and the thickets we hunt here, I"m not too fond of looking for a shot bear in. Specifics, rifle, 30-06, rounds, 165 gr. Nosler Partition, or 180 gr. RN. Range, 100 yrds, one stand, 50 yrds. another stand. Guy, your input would be appreciated here, I know you've killed multiple bear, and you also like the 30-06!! Tks. in advance. T Rex
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    Great post ............all ears here.
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    Wow, fantastic post about Da Bears. Regards, Brian 👍😊

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    Sounds like you have a great place to shoot bears already.

    Suggest you you go here and look at diagrams. http://bear vital area

    Appears that the vital areas lie behind the shoulder and the heart is low in the chest with the bear on all fours.

    Disclaimer---Ive never shot a bear.

    Either the 165s or the 180s will do in your bruin.
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    I like the 30-06 with 165 gr Noslers for almost everything!

    My son only hunts bears with his 30-06 & 165 gr Nosler Partitions. He's taken a couple of dandy bears. I've used the 30-06 with the 165 for one, it worked great. Then I used the 30-06 with 200 gr Nosler partitions on a grizzly. It too worked well, though that bear did soak up a few hits in a hurry.

    If you can get both lungs - that's good. One lung, they can run from you - for a long way. And they can be hard to track. No hooves digging into the dirt, and their fat & hair tend to soak up a lot of the blood. Better to clobber 'em hard with the first shot. Ideally, a shot targeting the off-side shoulder and taking out the lungs would be excellent!

    Have fun!

    Guy

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    Re the 180 - I have no qualm with that bullet either. Just haven't used many 180's on game.

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    30-06, 180gr. RNSP. Heart Lung shot and be prepared to take a second shot. That would be my recommendation.
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    When I am bear hunting I like to envision the bear as just the carcass without the hide. It can be easy to shoot him to high, below the spine but above the lungs. Extra care in aim when elevated should be taken. Rifle? 1950 339A 35Rem. 220 gr. flat nose. Bears don't like that medicine!
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    Pop em in the lungs. they die real fast.
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    I'd use a 20mm (lol) but then I don't hunt what hunts back.
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