Hey all, I am being given a 30-06 pump action that I intend to use for bear defense (and bear defense only - not hunting)while backwoods hiking and fishing. I know that 30-06 isn't the most desirable bear gun, but it is what I have, and it is free, and I can make modifications to it as needed.
I have been wondering what bullet would be the optimum for htis purpose. I do not reload and use only factory ammo, most often Remington. Bullets that I am considering are the 220 gr. soft point as as it is heavy for caliber. But I am wondering if I would be better off with a pointed 180 gr, specifically the 180 gr partioned bullet.
My thinking is that the 220 gr is desirable because it is big and would (hopefully) do lots of damage, but I wonder if hte 180 gr partitioned bullet wouldn't be better as it would have better penetration and as a result be more effective at stopping the bear
Thanks for any advice, I look forward to all of your opinions and thoughts.