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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 10-24-2018, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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270 for bear

Now I love the big bores but I have a 270 carbine that shoots lights out with Barnes tsx 150 grains. Would you guys feel under gunned for bear in pa ??????
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I've shot several black bears in Quebec and Ontario with my 270,using 150 grain Remington green box ammo.
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No, I'd feel confident. Took 2 with mine in WV. .270 is a great caliber.
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Not at all!! Plenty a gun.

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270 is plenty.

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Do your part, 270 will take it from there. Good luck during bear season

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The nut behind the bolt makes a big difference. You're using a good penetrating bullet so as long as you can make a good shot it should be fine. IMO it's important to take out BOTH lungs on a bear. Even a deer can go a long way with a one lung hit. Having spent a good amount of time in a Maine bear camp I've seen several non-recovered with hits from 270s.... but there's lots of variables. The guide there will no longer guide hunters with less than a 28 caliber shooting at least a 170 grain bullet. Quite a few lost with bow hits also. Take from that what you will. I do not think a 270 is plenty, but it should do the job with the bullet you're using and a double lung hit.
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My PA bear was shot with a .270
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I’ve seen three bull elk killed with a 760 in .270, all with one shot. I’ve also killed a bear with a .243 and 100 grain Sierra spitzers.
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It's a Pa black bear not a dinosaur! 270 is more then capable
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