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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: In the Heart of Steeler Country
Re: Why no .270 caliber minimum for bear?
Because an arrow kills by hemorrhage, and the weight of an arrow is far greater than a bullet, as is the surface diameter. You don't need as much power AT REASONABLE DISTANCES with a bow. That being said, shot placement is still critical as always. A US Marine Sniper would be able to kill a black bear with a 17 HMR with a shot through the eye, but a "got me mo gun than you" fool can wound one with a .50 BMG just as easily as he can with a .22. I'm not a big believer in caliber restrictions alone. A 264 win mag will hit harder than a 30-30, but a 30-30 or 32-20 loaded with BP will cut the mustard for the caliber restriction, the 264 will not. I myself would want at least a .270, because I would want to be equipped for any PA Black bear, not just the average <200 lb.
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