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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-31-2019, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Inline Bullet Recommendations for Bear

All-With the pending legislation allowing bear's to be hunted with a muzzleloader during the early season, I am looking for some advice/recommendations for a load/bullet combination for black bear. I currently own a CVA Optima V2.


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Stay away from powerbelts.If I were specifically targeting bears,I's try some Barnes.
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I use my own cast 405gr RNFP 45-70 bullet in a MMP Orange sabot in my inline and flintlock over a charge of Blackhorn 209. Flintlock is a duplex load. Five gr of 3f under the Blackhorn charge.
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My load for bear will be 110 grains of BH209 pushing a Barnes 290 grain .451 290 grain Spit-Fire T-EZ FB. I killed a 300 lb TN Wild Boar with this load and it penetrated both armor plates and exited far side with massive devastation. More than enuff for bear.

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My bear load is a Hornady 45 cal. 300 grain ( non magnum) XTP in a Harvester crush rib sabot over 90 grains of 3f Swiss black. 1600 fps over my chronograph, from a 26 inch barrel.
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Stay away from powerbelts.If I were specifically targeting bears,I's try some Barnes.

X2 I don't know how Powerbelt sells so many bullets I've had bad results and tried more than one of their bullets
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X2 I don't know how Powerbelt sells so many bullets I've had bad results and tried more than one of their bullets

Yeah, my father and brother have been using these on deer and the last few they shot they have not had any pass throughs and very little blood.
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My load for bear will be 110 grains of BH209 pushing a Barnes 290 grain .451 290 grain Spit-Fire T-EZ FB. I killed a 300 lb TN Wild Boar with this load and it penetrated both armor plates and exited far side with massive devastation. More than enuff for bear.

I shoot the same Barnes bullet pushed by two 50 grain 777 pellets. Bang flop on 2 does with that combo...one was 110 yards.
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I also use Barnes, but 250 grain with 90 gr of BH209. Devastating on deer and I'll have no hesitation using them on bears.
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Not impressed at all with power belts and wouldn't recommend and that's on deer. For bear I'd look at other options.
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