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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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358 Winchester VS 375 Ruger

What’s your opinion on a better bear gun ? I kinda leaning towards the 358 cause it’s much cheaper and I won’t feel so bad when I driving through nasty thick stuff scratching the gun plus falling in the deep swamps the bears love.

On other hand the savage 116 bear hunter in 375 ruger which comes with a muzzle break is a sweet gun . I have a 338 mag with a break it kicks less then 270 .
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I advocate for the biggest rifle you can comfortably handle.

As far as the .358 Win being "much cheaper"...…………...not so sure that holds true. I suspect you can buy the Ruger (in a Savage) and feed it factory ammo for basically the same money.

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savage 116 bear hunter in 375 ruger which comes with a muzzle break is a sweet gun MY CHOICE FWIW
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Have both and like both, although I have not shot a bear with either. maybe this year if I go to Maine. If you reload there are some reduced loads for the 375 that are good for practice and target shooting. The reduced loads would probably work well for deer should you be inclined. You can't go wrong with either but purely for bear I would probably lean to the 375, but I like being "over gunned" if there is such a thing.
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………….. I like being "over gunned" if there is such a thing.
There isn't.
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No such thing as being over gunned especially when you hunting a animal that can kill you plus def if you hunting state land and need your bear to drop asap . Ps I grew up in the era of a guy every 50 yards behind a tree . Ask some of the older guys the woods used to be that crowded


I going with the 375 ruger two reasons one factory installed muzzy break gun should kick like a 3006 plus easily avail ammo.

Thank you for the comments.
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………….. I like being "over gunned" if there is such a thing.
There isn't.
Does a .458 WM pushing 300gr bullets at 2700 fps count?
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I bet you'll like it. My ruger rifle 375 has no break and I don't find the recoil to be bad, but the rifle is not exactly a lightweight. On bear stand the weight is not an issue.
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Once again comparing apples to oranges! Either will work, black bears are not that hard to kill! If you just have the urge to buy a new rifle then go for it!
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 10:45 AM
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It depends on how you hunt bear.If you were sitting ion a stand,the 375 Ruger would be nice.If you're driving,a lightweight Ruger American would be my choice.
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