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Location: Milford, CT
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Which is better? Marlin .44mag or MKV in .303 britsh.

I need some help packing for my next bear hunt in Houlton, ME. I have a Marlin 1894 in .44mag and a surplus MKV in .303 Brit. I shoot both equally well and both are very reliable. I'm hunting from a treestand 13 feet up and about 50 yards away from my bait. My shooting lane is clear but the surrounding area is thick, heavy cover. I'm not concerned with weight as much as a one shot kil. Any ideas?

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Location: Sierra Nevadas
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caliber for black bear?

buyersm66......if the bears in this area are your average 300 pounder or less, your 44 magnum is quite adequate. However, if you are loking at the 300 to 500 lb. range I would definitely go with your .303 British. Good Luck!

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Location: Deer Woods
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Which is better? Marlin .44mag or MKV in .303 britsh.

Both calibers are good choices. But to be sure that you have absolute penetration through shoulder bones, vitals I would go with the .303

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Location: northeast tn
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Which is better? Marlin .44mag or MKV in .303 britsh.

i'll have to say 44mag sense i have no experence with the 303

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Which is better? Marlin .44mag or MKV in .303 britsh.

The 303 for sure. I have personally seen the end result of the 303 brit. and it is way ahead of the 44 mag. Rifle cartridge vs. handgun cartridge.

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Which is better? Marlin .44mag or MKV in .303 britsh.

.303 is the only gun i use for bear use it with a 180gr powerpoint

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Which is better? Marlin .44mag or MKV in .303 britsh.

maybe you should look at buffalo bore ammo and cor-bon for your .44 that fit your rifle and if you get serious you may want some superior custom loaded .303

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Location: Milford, CT
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Which is better? Marlin .44mag or MKV in .303 britsh.

Thanks guys. I have decided to go with my .303. Even though I'll be relatively close I like the idea of a flatter shooting rifle. We'll see how it turns out the second week of September. Thumbs up

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Which is better? Marlin .44mag or MKV in .303 britsh.

It will turn out to be a dead bear if you are given the chance. Thumbs up Good luck with the 303. Have confidence in knowing that you DO have a very capable rifle in your hands. It is probably the most used calibre for hunting moose in NFLD. Bears are no harder to kill than a 800-1000lb moose.

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Which is better? Marlin .44mag or MKV in .303 britsh.

.303 is an excellent choice all around i have no doubt that .303 wont let you down have a good hunt.

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