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First Maine Bear Hunt

Hey all, first ever post. Will be going on my first black bear hunt in Maine over bait in Sept. 2014. Have hunted bear here in PA for years prior, but have never had a chance to see/harvest one. I'm extremely excited and have a question about caliber size. I've always hunted whitetails with my Remington 700 .270 Win for the past 20 years and love this gun. It's very accurate and I'm comfortable with it. Tight groups at 100 yds. Do you guys think the .270 Win is enough gun if I'll be shooting 150gr Federal VitalShok Nosler Partitions? I've looked around for a few used/new 35 Whelens in Remington 7600 Pump, but was unsuccessful. I would much rather use my ol' "go-to 270", but have been considering. Any other tips/advice about Maine would be appreciated. BTW I just joined and this is my first post. Thanks for all your input!

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I am not nearly as

I am not nearly as experienced as many others on these forums, but the 270 will be plenty.  I've been black bear hunting the last three years in Vermont (haven't got one yet, no bait or dogs) with my 30-30 Winchester lever gun.  I have been told and read that most any round suitable for deer is fine for black bear. 

Brown / Grizzly is a different ballgame.  You want big boomers for those guys.

Have fun, and make sure to come back and post pictures!

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Thanks for the reply. Looks

Thanks for the reply. Looks like I'll be using the .270, unless I can find a Remington 7600 in 35 Whelen in the meantime as the Whelen is discontinued. I hear its more about shot placement with a premium bullet than caliber anyway (as with any game animal).

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good round

Jack Oconner would certainly have taken a .270 black bear hunting and the bullets they had then weren't close to what we have today. If it shoots well in your gun Barnes TSX Swift A frame all great rounds if you are worried about the .27 cal bullet punching through.

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Jack had the Partition.

Jack had the Partition.

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you will be fine with the 270

you will be fine with the 270

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If your accurate and

If your accurate and comfortable with the 270, use it! No amount of power can replace the security of being 100% familiar with your weapon. You don't want to have your gun click instead of go boom because your not used to a new safety

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