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.
There is something about the look and feel of a bolt action rifle with a walnut stock that pleases me. Call me old fashioned, but the character of the rifle I choose to own is equally as important to me as how that rifle performs.
I’ll be the first to admit that the lack of weight in a carbon fiber stock is awfully nice when chasing elk in high country and that any synthetic could help a bit when mother natured decides to rain on your parade. My own preference, however, is to...