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Author Topic: Wisconsin Black Bear  (Read 2382 times)

Offline gobihawk

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Wisconsin Black Bear
« on: July 25, 2016, 08:03:32 AM »
I have a tag to hunt Wisconsin Black Bear this fall. Do you think my .270 with a 150 round nose is enough for a black bear within 40 yards? Also, do you think the .260 would be enough gun? I like to take a second gun just in case something happens.
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2016, 08:19:21 AM »
Certainly the 270 is plenty of gun and would think the 260 would be also, but must admit I know little about the 260
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2016, 08:39:27 AM »
I agree with Zos41

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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2016, 09:44:41 AM »
The .270 is plenty of gun for black bear, I have used the .270 in Maine as did many of our hunting partners there. Shot placement is the key and just as critical as the caliber of choice. Good luck on your hunt.
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2016, 01:13:31 PM »
A .270 is enough. That being said I prefer a .30 cal for bear.
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2016, 01:33:07 PM »
Your .270 would be plenty of gun.
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2016, 02:35:31 PM »
Thanks for the info. I'll start reloading some 150 gr. .270 rounds tonight. I have shot a bear with the .270 and a bow. I was surprised when the guide service I'm using for this hunt said he wanted me to use a 30-06 or bigger. He said I could use the .270 but I would have to shoot the bear right under the ear.
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2016, 05:08:10 PM »
well I have never shot a bear but have shot lots of deer with a 270  not to sure about a head shot tho
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2016, 06:14:50 PM »
Don't think I would go with the head shot
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2016, 06:52:25 PM »
I started out hunting many years ago with the 270.  Plenty of gun for all big game up to black bear and elk.  I got a lot of advice against using it for elk, but have never had one run more than 50 yds.  With that said, I now prefer to use my lever action in 45-70 or 35 Rem on black bear mostly because of the short distance and quick shots.  The shorter barrel is a plus in brush also.
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2016, 07:45:09 PM »
Thanks for the info. I'll start reloading some 150 gr. .270 rounds tonight. I have shot a bear with the .270 and a bow. I was surprised when the guide service I'm using for this hunt said he wanted me to use a 30-06 or bigger. He said I could use the .270 but I would have to shoot the bear right under the ear.

I would seriously question that advise. who is your guide? how's his experience and success?

I've never had a bear go more that 30 yards w/ my bow. that would be my first choice. my second would be a shotgun. third would be a .44 pistol. my last choice would be a high speed rifle. you want the biggest hole possible for trailing. at short shots and thin hides, your bullet won't expand much. the guides I know lose more bear w/ high speed rifles than anything else combine. they really like shotguns and bows for short shots at bait sites

good luck.i hope they aren't around my place. there are 1000 miles of roads closed from wash out. good thing I didn't draw this year
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2016, 07:54:29 PM »
I'm not buying the behind the ear stuff...your 270 with a 150gn will do the job just fine. At 50 yards behind the shoulder he or she want go far. I would consider the 260 a little lite. Best of luck!
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2016, 12:33:58 AM »
Gobi - Your 270 Win and 150 gn Round Nose bullet is the perfect caliber and perfect bullet for the making of a bear skin rug!! I own a 260 and thinking that a heavier 260 might do, but you range has to be limited...With a 270 you can put the hammer down.

I would limit myself to 300 yards for a black bear with a 270 Win, 150 gn round nose, that is about the distance where the bullet energy falls under 1500 ft lbs of energy....the 260 would be OK for deer out to that far but for a bear? I agree with everyone that thinks that the 260 would be a bit lite for bear!  Take the 270!
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2016, 09:35:49 AM »
Both will do the job. I would go with which one you are the most comfortable shooting.
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Re: Wisconsin Black Bear
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2016, 09:37:41 AM »
Thanks for all your input. I had the same guide service six years ago when I shot my bear with a bow. Bear went 25 yards. Thats why the .270 too small thing really surprised me. The bait is only 30 yards from stand. I'll go with the .270.
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