I own a 336C .30-30 and an 1895G .45-70. Planning on a black bear hunt to Maine this coming year. Was gonna take both rifles. What .30-30 loads have any of you effectively used on black bears?
SpikeMaster49 said:Black Bear season just ended in Maine about 3 weeks ago so you have plenty time to get good with that 45/70. You can play with that 30/30 and be able to use as tack driver and then take it as back up. Yes there been lots of Bear shot and some killed with the 30/30 but think of the animal. The guides and bear operations in Maine will tell hunters to be over gunned instead of under for Bear because of the fat and the entrance hole many times gets covered and DONT bleed so they lose the animal cause no blood trail if shot isn't (perfect). Good luck on next years hunt.What area in Maine are you going? We go in Allagash up top of state.
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The best bear; and elk, load I've found for my 30/30 Marlin® 336C is the Federal Premium® 170gr Nosler® Partition.Exodus 15:3 said:I own a 336C .30-30 and an 1895G .45-70. Planning on a black bear hunt to Maine this coming year. Was gonna take both rifles. What .30-30 loads have any of you effectively used on black bears?
How much of the shoulder is visible as a bear charges? Where exactly are you going to aim in such a situation? How do you figure that using a 45-70 means losing game is less likely? With good hits both rounds will take black bears handily and with poor hits neither is very satisfactory.Sure-Shot said:Neck vs. Shoulder, how much of the neck shows when a bear charges? "Some of the guys here are kind a funny, they get a 45-70 and all of a sudden the 30-30 isn't designed to break gones." What is funny about not loosing game or being safe. I never suggested it couldn't be done, nor did Spikemaster who pointed out a fact, good wound channels are hard to get on bear. Neither suggested the 30-30 wasn't a good cartridge, just pointed out things to think about. I believe a 35 Rem is a good black bear round, as is 38-55 or 375, or one of my favorites the 444. I only discussed what he asked about the 45-70 which he is already taking and the 30-30.