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Which gun?

All right, you've been there for a few hours. You hear a slight noise to your left. You slowly turn your head and see a big bear slinking into the bait you're watching. Nope, he's not looking at your stand he's intent with the bait pile. He is only 37 yds away. There's no thought about how your rifle is sighted in. You practiced three full boxes at 50 yards and your rifle is shooting 1/2" high there.

So.... What is your rifle chambered in? What rifle did you carry up to Canada, knowing you'd see this 350 pound brute while sitting 18' up in your ladder stand. Do you have a cartridge you know you want/WISH was in your hands at this moment?

I do, I have a rifle I'd be soooooo glad to hammer back and then drop it, lights out on Mr. Bear. My choice is my Marlin 1895 shooting a 400gr bulet at a full 1800 FPS.

What's in your hands Buddy???

 

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Well, I have not shot it yet

Well, I have not shot it yet because he recently got it, but I would like to use my Dad's .348 Winchester Model 71. 

The standard load is a Winchester 200 grain silvertip, but I think in the case of a bear, I would buy the Grizzly Ammunition 250 grain Bonded Core jacketed flat point. 

However, I would hope to take hm down with one shot, cause it's $75 for a box of 20... lol

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good choice

I really do like your choice and I can tell you that the M71 is a rifle I've wanted for a very long time. I too would choose the 250gr loading.  That .348 spewing a good 250gr bullet will make short order of that soon to be rug! Yes

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I'm with you Tndeerhunter, my 450 Marlin 1895 Guide Gun has been on five over bait hunts in Canada. Five shots; five clean kills. Hornady 350 gr. factories were my ammo. A Leupold 3-9 compact on top makes for a small but very powerful package. I also love my little Winchester 94 Trapper in 44 magnum.Topped with a Leupold M8 fixed 6 power its another small handy set up. I hand load 320gr. hardcast flatnose bullets from Cast Performance. At a velocity of a tad under 1600fps. My son Joshua killed his first bear this spring in Quebec with it, then I killed mine the next night with "His" new bear gun. Both one shot kills. Heres a photo of Josh with his 180lb. boar.

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big bullets

woods1126 wrote:

I'm with you Tndeerhunter, my 450 Marlin 1895 Guide Gun has been on five over bait hunts in Canada. Five shots; five clean kills. Hornady 350 gr. factories were my ammo. A Leupold 3-9 compact on top makes for a small but very powerful package. I also love my little Winchester 94 Trapper in 44 magnum.Topped with a Leupold M8 fixed 6 power its another small handy set up. I hand load 320gr. hardcast flatnose bullets from Cast Performance. At a velocity of a tad under 1600fps. My son Joshua killed his first bear this spring in Quebec with it, then I killed mine the next night with "His" new bear gun. Both one shot kills. Heres a photo of Josh with his 180lb. boar.

 

I always enjoy seeing another fan of the big bores. The .450 is a fine rifle and works perfectly in any short range bear hunting, IMO.

Congratulations to your son on his great success!! I'll bet you've got a good Buddy for many hunts to come!  Yes

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Congrats to Josua on a fine

Congrats to Josua on a fine bear! Thumbs up

Good job. I can see the excitement in his smile. That's a good pic, too. You know what would be a neat, easy-to-do present for Joshua for Christmas. Get him a frame 8x10 pic or even a matted 8x10 pic. Good luck.  

 

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Josh's bear

ecubackpacker wrote:

Congrats to Josua on a fine bear! Thumbs up

Good job. I can see the excitement in his smile. That's a good pic, too. You know what would be a neat, easy-to-do present for Joshua for Christmas. Get him a frame 8x10 pic or even a matted 8x10 pic. Good luck.  

 Thanks ecubackpacker, Thats a wonderful idea, I'm gonna get on that tomorrow!  Thanks again Kevin :D   

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Bear hunting in Colorado is the only bear hunting I have done. We are not allowed to hunt over bait or run them with dogs so it is all spot and stalk on the ground. The only big game rifle I own is my Remington Sendero 7MM RUM topped with a Burris Black Diamond 4-16x50 mm (30 mm tube). I handload 139 gr SST Interbonds for all of my hunts (elk, muley, and black bears). I have yet to take a blacky with this setup, but I have taken 5 bears with (the rifle I sold to by my Ultra Mag) my Browning A-bolt Gold Medalin 7mm Mag using handloaded 150 gr Sierra Game Kings and 140 gr Nosler Partions.

woods1126,

Congrats to your son a beautiful bear and you for getting your son out there enjoying the outdoors. Thumbs up

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looks like

It sure looks to me like you've got a fine recipe for your western hunting. I've always liked the 7mag and the RUM is simply more of a good thing. The scope you have on top of it is about as good as it gets too! Thumbs up  

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Josh's bear

Thanks guys for encouraging words. It's really hard to get Josh off the computer long enough to do anything. But that was a great trip this spring , one I will remember for a very long time.

PS. That 7mm RUM Sendero would be killer on any spot and stalk blackbear hunt. Hope you break it in soon on one.  Awesome Elk too!!Thumbs up

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Thanks much guys !!!

Tndeerhunter and woods1126,

Thanks for the comments and I may use my prefrence points in 2011 to draw a bear tag. We will see how the winter goes.

Also woods1126 keep getting him in the woods and he will forget about the computer. Thumbs up