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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?

I took the advice on the forum and bought a very nice Remington 760. Went looking at rounds and like the Remington because of the of lead in the tip.. What grain would you all reccomend? Any other reccemendations oon ammo?

I would like to thanks all those on this forum, it is nice to be able to ask a question that many of you feel is basic. I am looking for a quick kill and realize that shot placement is the most important factor in any hunt.

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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?

165 gr are very popular but the old 180 grainers have been around since ever and have an unblemished record. . I'd go with the 180 Core Loks or similarly constructed bullet

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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?

Bear have heavy bone structure. I would use a bonded core bullet in either 165 or 180 gr. Remington makes a 180 gr Swift Sirocco load that I like very much. Federal makes the inexpensive Fusion line with bonded core bullets. I used the 165 gr Fusion in 308 Win to take my bear this year. Great performance!

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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?

The 180 gr is just about perfect in the '06 and the newer designed Cor Lokt bullets will work fine on bears. Gotta confess however that I much prefer Nosler Partitions available in Federal ammuntion.

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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?

Have always used 180 core lokt's or partitions for Black bears-in my 06

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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?
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The 180 gr is just about perfect in the '06 and the newer designed Cor Lokt bullets will work fine on bears. Gotta confess however that I much prefer Nosler Partitions available in Federal ammuntion.

My feelings exactly!!!!
180 gr Nosler partitions (Federal Prem) is just about all I shoot out of my -06. The Fed bullets are a bit more expensive than other brands but I feel that there QA/QC is better than other mfg's.

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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?

I use 180gr winchester supreme xp3 with my -06, i love them, kinda spendy around $40-$50 but worth it

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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?

getting ready for this hunt is almost as exciting as being in the woods. bought 180 grain Rem core loc and and after sighting the scope @ 100yards it only took 10 shots to make this happen, Not a bad recoil and I am packed although I am not leaving for 9 more days. Thanks to all for your input. I will keep you all updated how the hunt goes. We are going to Sinnemahoning, PA

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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?

JW here! If you are looking for a distance shot, you can use the 180 gr. balistic tip by remington, but I would rather use my 35 rem. with a 200 grain cor-lok.
you get knock down power at 100 yards. This bullet at that caliber really mushrooms out at impact. That of course if you are hunting the out skirts of the thickets and catching one on the run.

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Good luck buddy. Take lots of photos of ol Yogie Thumbs up for us to see

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What grain load for bear hunting 30.06?

The bullet you use in your 30-06 is dependant on where you are hunting, and how you are hunting to a great extent!

If spot and stalk in canyon country, where you may shoot cross canyon a good deal, then I'd be prone to the quality 165, or 180s!

However, if you are shooting on bait, in thick woods, then I'd be more prone to the 180, or even the 200 gr Nosler Partitions, @ around 2500fps, for quick stops. When poping a bear, always follow up with an insurance shot, then watch him for a while before approching, and be ready to shoot again. Black bear have a bad habit of looking dead, then getting up, and leaving the country. With the combination of loose skin, and fat layers, they don't leave good blood trails, and are easy to loose. They are easy to knock down, but hard to keep down, so be ready so you don't loose your bear! Thumbs up

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