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What firearm/bullet setup are you guys using over bait?

Hey guys! Great forum here! Was just curious as to what you guys that are hunting over bait regularly are using for guns and bullet? This year was my 2nd time bear hunting in quebec and I connectEd the first night with a very old boar. Was using a 30-06 and a barnes 180gr bullet. Worked great. 

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Welcome to the site. Last time I hunted bear over bait I used my 300 Win Mag with a 180 grain core lock. Took two bears and neither went more than 10 yards from the bait.

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For hunting over bait and

For hunting over bait and using a 06 shooting Barnes bullets you could drop down to a 150 grain bullet with the same results.  99% of the time it is bullet placement and not energy that will kill a bear that is less than 100 yards from the hunter.

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Yes I am aware I could, but

Yes I am aware I could, but given the range I figure thout velocity is high enough to where it isn't a concern. and the higher grain ones seem to go on sale more often.

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Congratulations on your

Congratulations on your successful hunt!

For our September hunt in Maine, I'm planning on taking my double rifle in 9.3x74R and using Hornady 286gr Interlocks. We will be hosting a special guest, a Wounded Warrior and along with his  free hunt we will be surprising him with a new rifle as well. The gift rifle (he doesn't know about the rifle) is a M70 Featherweight in 30/06 topped with a Zeiss Terra 2-7x32 scope. 

I've not finished readying the rifle and scope for the hunt, but am leaning towards Federal Trophy 180gr TBT ammo, or Federal Trophy copper 180gr. Picture of the gift rifle/scope.

 

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Wow that is awesome! Great

Wow that is awesome! Great gift for someone who has sacrificed so much!

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Wow that is awesome! Great gift for someone who has sacrificed so much!

 

Thank you. We have a couple additional surprises for our special guest as well. A custom hand-made rifle sling from a friend in England is being shipped as I write this and another fella has offered to build a hand-made knife for our guest as well. 

It's a real special moment when we hand our guest the rifle he knew nothing about and then he also gets to take it home with him. This is our fourth such hunt and each WW we've hosted has been a very special person, as you might imagine!

 

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 Great to hear of your success!!Here in Oregon we are not allowed to bait bears,I 2 step logging roads and use a calf elk call at high pitch, it works. I use a .325 WSM, 220 grain silvertip.Have shot so many I have lost track. Here you can get a spring tag on a first come first serve, a fall tag, no limit on tags, if you get one bear you can go get a second fall bear tag.At least for residents.If you own commercial timber land and have bear damage to your trees, your concerns fall into another area. ODF&W can review ariel pics of your land and determine the number of dead trees and then determine how many bears can you take, with nearly any method.

 

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Pretty fond of the .325 WSM myself and have one in a BLR. Took a big Georgia wild boar with it in February and the XP3 200gr bullet worked great!

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.325 WSM

Greetings, It is good to see others appreciate this bullet.Great looking hog. That bullet stayed together very well. I don't know it, is it a solid? My 220 grain break up and tend to disolve inside the critters.Have you used it on ther animals? if so, what results?

I have won 2 rifles in .325. The first was at a RME dinner in '05, I had no idea what it was. I was actually disappointed 'cause I had wanted a " real elk rifle ". I had moved to Oregon only a year before. After I got it home and studied the ballistics and took it the to field, it is all I use for elk, bear and lions. I like 220 grain, but that's just me.The RME first rifle is a Win. Ultimate Shadow.When Win. re established the controlled round feed, which had ended prior to 1964, or at least that is my understanding.

 Up to this time, I had used mostly a Rem 788 18 in. brush gun, in .308.It had served me very well also.My wife and other family members mostly shoot .308 as well.Nothing wrong with that either.

Great hog!!!

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Greetings, It is good to see others appreciate this bullet.Great looking hog. That bullet stayed together very well. I don't know it, is it a solid? My 220 grain break up and tend to disolve inside the critters.Have you used it on ther animals? if so, what results?

I have won 2 rifles in .325. The first was at a RME dinner in '05, I had no idea what it was. I was actually disappointed 'cause I had wanted a " real elk rifle ". I had moved to Oregon only a year before. After I got it home and studied the ballistics and took it the to field, it is all I use for elk, bear and lions. I like 220 grain, but that's just me.The RME first rifle is a Win. Ultimate Shadow.When Win. re established the controlled round feed, which had ended prior to 1964, or at least that is my understanding.

 Up to this time, I had used mostly a Rem 788 18 in. brush gun, in .308.It had served me very well also.My wife and other family members mostly shoot .308 as well.Nothing wrong with that either.

Great hog!!!

 

Thank you, Sir. The bullet (XP3) is something of a hybrid design. Built just like the all copper Barnes "X"  for the front half, but the rear portion is of a lead jacketed composition, thus adding weight to keep the overall bullet length shorter than a typical all copper bullet. I did not figure to be able to find one after shooting a boar, but the very thick shield on that one kept the bullet from exiting at a range of about 75 yards.

The boar was dropped in his tracks with the shot through both shoulders and we were all pretty surprised to find the lack of an exit hole when we skinned him. The bullet was stuck in the offside shield and it took several minutes work with knife and pliers to finally extract it from the 2" shield. I'd have little doubt that at the same range that bullet would likely have penetrated both shoulders of an adult elk and exited. It's a very good bullet, from my limited experience thus far. 

Enjoy those 325s!!

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