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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-21-2011, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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combined deer/bear season gun?

Will the combined deer and bear season make you change the gun you carry?I normally hunt with my 280 Rem,but during the combined season I will carry either my Savage 116 338 Win Mag or my Encore 45-70.I know that the 280 loaded with the right bullet will do the job,but I shoot 140 gr NBT's and I would feel really bad if I wounded a bear and lost him.What about you?will you carry the same gun as always or switch it up...just in case.
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Re: combined deer/bear season gun?

Same rifle. Ruger Model 77. 30.06, 180 grain bullet.

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Re: combined deer/bear season gun?

Same gun. .270 w/ 150 grains. Plenty of gun

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Re: combined deer/bear season gun?

There ain't much a man can't fix with $700 and a 30/06. I may have the dollar figure wrong, but not the caliber! Just my 2 cents.

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Re: combined deer/bear season gun?

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Re: combined deer/bear season gun?

Same gun,Savage 30/06
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Re: combined deer/bear season gun?

Nope. .30-06 or .270 works for either one.
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Re: combined deer/bear season gun?

I had a .35 Whelen for bear and a .30-06 for deer. Shot 200 grain from the .35 and 180 from the 06. Then I realized that I don't need the .35 as the 06 is plenty for deer and bear. I have since bought a .270 130 grain for deer. I think that gun is a waaay better cartridge for deer. Do you think 130 would be good enough for bear, or should it be 150 grain? Either way, I'd use the 06 for bear if I went.. Just wondering on the grain of the .270.
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Re: combined deer/bear season gun?

I usually utilize my 30-30, and this year planned to switch up to my 25-06. With the concurrent bear season I think I might be staying with my 30-30. I know the 25-06 120gr would do the job if the shot is good, I'm just trying to mitigate as much travel after the shot. We hunt a small piece of property and I'd rather not have to run around asking permission to find a bear.

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Re: combined deer/bear season gun?

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Same gun. .270 w/ 150 grains. Plenty of gun
+ 1, just bumpin it up to 180 grains.

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