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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2018, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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FPS in 7mm mag for bear

So I've been loading some 160 Sierra bullets for my new Savage and getting some good groups, no pressure signs yet.


My question is what FPS should I be looking to achieve in this cartridge for bear hunting?


I'm around 2950 using Vihtavouri N165 and nice tight group. Do i stop there or keep pushing on? I guess my question is what is a good speed for a black bear gun in PA?
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Black bear are not hard to kill, hitting them in the boiler room is. Better off looking for accuracy, not max power.
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I'd be more worried about bullet construction than velocity. You have plenty of velocity with that cartridge, just be sure you pick a premium bonded bullet.
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call or email sierra ask them what the lowest and fastest the pill can go and still hold together and mushroom at... that will be your lowest and fastest .
from there work around to find the tightest group with easy kick
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Black bear are not hard to kill, hitting them in the boiler room is. Better off looking for accuracy, not max power.
I'm at .645 moa so accuracy is good at this point with this load.
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call or email sierra ask them what the lowest and fastest the pill can go and still hold together and mushroom at... that will be your lowest and fastest .
from there work around to find the tightest group with easy kick
Will do. Thank you.


i'm at a manageable kick and tight group at this point.
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I'd be more worried about bullet construction than velocity. You have plenty of velocity with that cartridge, just be sure you pick a premium bonded bullet.
Thanks, using Sierra Gamekings.
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Thanks, using Sierra Gamekings.
For bear at those velocities you would be better served by a bonded bullet. While Gamekings will certainly kill black bear, a bonded bullet will give you much better penetration, especially through fat and heavy bone you may encounter on a black bear.

Until the advent of bonded bullets I used Game Kings for most of my big game bullets, but when bonded bullets were introduced (1990?) I switched to them for most of my big game loads as they expand readily but hold together much better ensuring deeper penetration. I like Hornady Interbond. As Loridr stated proper shot placement is the most important factor. But if you are a little off your mark a bullet that does a better job at penetrating can make the difference between wounding or killing.
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I killed my PA bear with a 3006 shooting 150 gr Hornady Interlock SP and 47 Gr of IMR 4064. Teddy bear rolled where she was hit and died. So, your combo is going to work just fine.
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Black bear are not hard to kill, hitting them in the boiler room is. Better off looking for accuracy, not max power.
Better words were never spoken.

My reloads in the 30-30 have accounted for two Pa black bear. A 180gr cast bullet @1800fps. One complete pass through and one just under the hide on the off side.
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