Either of the bullets in the calibers you mentioned will work. Black bears aren't all that hard to kill, but you do want something that will penetrate through and through while still giving good expansion. Nosler Partions are a great choice and I will be using them on my bear hunt next week. I hope you have a great hunt.
I'm hunting Saskatchewan black bear May '08 - use your BOW
Everyone I've talked to says that black bear (over bait) is a definite bow hunt. Provided, of course, that one is proficient with a bow (min. 160 lb. draw / 125 grain non-mechanical broadhead).
From what I've researched, many good options on rifle for black bears - 30-06, 7 mm magnum, 300 mag or 300 WSM plenty powerful - should be at least a 180 grain - nosler partition a good choice. I like the Accubond round personally - took down a 1,200 lb. moose in 2004 with one well-placed shot.
One of the best ways to scout your hunting area is to look for signs that mature animals leave behind. Wallows, scrapes, rubs and areas littered with tracks are great evidence that game are using your area. But why not look for the single piece of evidence that you are hunting for when fall rolls around anyway... antlers. Game animals in the family cervidae shed their antlers annually. Why not use these unique souvenirs as a way of helping you fill your tag next fall?
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