If the 130 grain handloads out of my .270 Win will take down bull elk, then I have no reason to think those same 130 grain bullets won't take down a black bear. I say use that .270 Win, either 130 grains or 150's wichever you like, but avoid very soft quick expanding bullets like the Speer Boattails, go with standard soft-point or tougher. Go with something like a Nosler Partitions, Rem Cor Lokt, Speer Hot Cor or Grand Slams, etc. Just my opinion.
Shot a number of bear and over the past two years only with bow. It is not difficult to shoot a bear at 20 yard with a rifle. If you are 100% confident with your bow, use that and enjoy the rush. If not, use your .270, 150 corelok or partition bullets. Either will drop that bear in 35 yards or less. It is more about shot placement than what you use. In Minnesota the bear are not that big, our largest is 350, but most more around 200-225.
Split the bear in half from top to bottom, and from front to back and the intersect is your shot placement and you will destroy both lungs and will have plenty of blood to follow. I hope the bear anatomy picture attaches.
Are you baiting your own baits or using a guide? Our baits are on the same sites as prior years and for some reason this year the bears just are not that active.
I am doing my own baiting. I have decided to use my .270. The main reason I decided on the .270 is this is my first bear hunt and I want to give myself the best chance of being successful if I am given an opportunity at a bear. The first week of baiting the bait wasn't hit. I was just at my sight tonight and it had been hit. I'm going to look at my trail cam pics here in a minute to see what I'm working with. Good luck to you and your group.
I wish I could tell you I got a hog, but I didn't have any luck. It was really hot and I didn't see anything. I talked to a few other guys in the area and they didn't have luck either. Some guys that I talked to are pretty experienced bear hunters and have hunted the area for a long time. According to them this was one of the slower years they can remember and they attribute it to the warm temperatures. All I know is it was pretty slow.
Anyone who shoots a sabot bullet has had the problem with loading the next round with a dirty barrel we have all struggled with it.
Between muzzleloader shots I have done some research and testing on my own to find out what works for me for the next shot. I have been using a product called bore butter and when the muzzleloader is just sitting around I leave it caked in the barrel for protection. Have also found that if I lube my sabots with bore butter they really slide nicely down the barrel....