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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Single shot for bear

Anyone out there use a single shot rifle for bear? I have a cva in 30-06 that for some reason I keep thinking I want to carry this year. It shoots right around 1" groups and shoulders and points like a dream. Part of me want to carry it but part of me likes having the 3 extra shots in my 7mm wsm. Not sure what load I want to shoot if I do take its set up for 180gr core loks but I will prob lean toward a premium bullet. Good luck to all the season is just a few short weeks away.

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Re: Single shot for bear

I have carried my Encore 7mm-08 and my 50 cal Omega from time to time, but my old standby is my Remington 760 in 30-06.

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My Dad shot one awhile back with a Browning B78 single shot in 30-06.

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Re: Single shot for bear

I use an:

H&R Buffalo Classic 45/70
405 grain hard cast bullet
About 1350 FPS

I love single shots!!

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I'll be hunting bear with a crossbow this year. Does that count as a single shot?

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Re: Single shot for bear

I have carried my 50 cal. longrifle and my dad has gotten a bear with a 40-65 sharps.
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Re: Single shot for bear

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I'll be hunting bear with a crossbow this year. Does that count as a single shot?
Kathy you still have a lot of green blood running threw you... Good luck carrying that heavy weapon, I hope you get a bear... A crossbows weight is equivalent to carrying a m-60 AND a baseplate for a mortar at the same time You deserve a shot going to that much effort in my book... Oooh Rah !!!
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my old standby is my Remington 760 in 30-06.
Me and Dad both use 760's. Mine is in .35, and his in
30-06. I think that the 760's are great for bear and deer, especially in the thick woods.

There wouldn't be anything wrong with taking a single shot, but you only get one shot so you have to make it count. Any of the higher caliber centerfires would work, it doesn't have to be a magnum caliber. I don't think there is anything wrong with 180 grain Remington Core-lokts. They have always performed flawlessly for me. In my .35, I use 150's for deer, and 200's for bear.

Maybe if I get one with the 760 some day, I'll take out my .54 Sharps!

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Re: Single shot for bear

A single shot, break open type gun like the H&R/NEF is really a quick reloading gun. Bolt action guns aren't all that fast, although there is no fumbling with the cartridge. Even a lever gun requires taking the hand off the trigger and wrist of the gun. If you have the next cartridge handy with a break open, you can reload in very few seconds, and unlike a bolt or lever gun, it isn't necessary to move your hand off the wrist of the gun. The NEF thumb catch can open the gun, the positive ejector spits the spent cartridge clear and place the next in with the LEFT hand and close the action while raising and pulling back the hammer with the right thumb. It is a surprisingly fast operation.
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Re: Single shot for bear

What would you need a second shot for?

I carry a 10" Encore in 7mm-08 or a 12" 375cal wildcat (375GNR#2). Extra rounds or "speed" in reload are usually not factors in harvesting game...unless you miss on the first shot...and even then extra shots are highly overrated. Be accurate and your bear will die, they aren't any harder to kill than most deer (GENERALLY SPEAKING!) Good luck on your hunt!
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