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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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308 Loads for Bear

I just was drawn for a Md. Black Bear permit. This is on the down side a little of bring drawn for a Pa. Elk tag. I have several guns mainly wildcats in 6mm's and 25's. I have 2 long range 338's but wanted to break out my dads old 308 in a 788. My dad has been gone for a few years and I think it would be neat to use his gun. He only hunted for a short time and used Remington 150 grain factory loads. What would be a good bullet and if anyone has any loading data I would appreciate it. Thanks!
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I would have no issue using the 150 grain corelokt. If you want a little more peace of mind can't go wrong with a 165 partition.
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You will get a lot of different opinions on this one.

For me, I like heavy for caliber bullets for bear hunting. In a factory load my choice would be a 180 grain Winchester Power Point. In a handload it would be a 180 Hornady Interlock. I shot a Maine bear with a 180 Hornady out of my .300 Savage, which would be around 200 fps slower than that .308. That bear went about 10 yards after the hit and was done. It was loaded with a Federal 210M primer and IMR-4064 powder. That combo would likely work in your .308 as well.
Lots of people will tell you that you need some type of premium bullet for bears and if that's your thing then fine, but with a 180 grain bullet at .308 velocities I don't think so.

Congratulations on drawing that tag and best of luck to you.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 10:41 PM
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For black bear my optimum .308 bullet would be a 165 gr Interbond or Partition Spitzer. But everything listed above will easily kill a black bear. The 150 gr. Core-Lokt factory ammo will certainly do the job if you do yours.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-06-2018, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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I actually bought a box of 168 partition years ago and never loaded anything up yet. If anyone would have a little data im an experienced reloader and have numerous powders on hand to try. Just would like something to start out with. Seems like the 168 sounds pretty good. Years ago like 30 or so I had bad luck with a 308 killing deer with the 180, I don't think there is enough velocity to push it that well. Thanks everyone! Btw, Md gives 800 permits for a 5 day season end of Oct. 5500 applied on a $15.00 non refundable lottery thing. I have been trying for like 5-6 years and got lucky this year.
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One of my all-time favorite .308 loads is a 165gr accubond in front of 45gr varget.I wouldn't hesitate to use it on anything in the lower 48.
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Cool on drawing your tag outofstater, great luck on your hunt!
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The .308 generally doesn't like slower powders. Varget and IMR 4064 are two I have had good results with. I would start at 2 grains below max and work up in .5 gr increments until max. and see what works best in the rifle.
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Sounds great guys!
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-07-2018, 04:00 AM
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150 grain partition will floor any bear you encounter..
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