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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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No, I'd feel confident. Took 2 with mine in WV. .270 is a great caliber.
 
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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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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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270 will kill a bear but welcome to pa. if it runs a hundred yds. and someone else shoots it's his! If you have a larger caliber take it!
 

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The 150 grain is a larger bullet for the 270 and the Barnes will lose no weight. That combo will penetrate all day. I'd say, you're in great shape. With a 130 lead bullet, I'd want a little more. 150 grain Barnes, no problem.
 

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Was thinking of using it to push cause I just can’t use my big bore to push heavy stuff rather use the 35 Whelen or 338 mag when standing. My 270 is well used.
 

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It’s just I know the nasty narly thick stuff bears like to hide don’t want to use some pretty rifle with nice scope to push those area might even just use a pump 20 or 12 gauge just to push. 12 gauge sabot will sit a bears on its ***
 

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The only difference between a .270 and a .30-06 for bear is that your shot placement becomes even more critical with the .270.
 

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The only difference between a .270 and a .30-06 for bear is that your shot placement becomes even more critical with the .270.
Well, there is that little fact that you can use a 220 gr. bullet in the .30/06.

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For PA bears, as all big game, bullet construction is more important than caliber. I'd rather have a .243 Win. with the right bullet than a .30/06 with the wrong bullet.

Your setup will be fine for PA bear.
 

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Well, there is that little fact that you can use a 220 gr. bullet in the .30/06.

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For PA bears, as all big game, bullet construction is more important than caliber. I'd rather have a .243 Win. with the right bullet than a .30/06 with the wrong bullet.

Your setup will be fine for PA bear.
Yes, but I would rather have a .30-06 with the right bullet than any of the smaller calibers. It never ceases to amaze me that people who have a choice would want to go with the smallest caliber theoretically possible for a large animal, thereby increasing the chance of wounding it with a non lethal shot. Having the right bullet is a given. I know, it's all about shot placement. Well, in the field we can't always be perfect. Imperfect shots do happen, more often than most of us are willing to admit.
 

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Yes, but I would rather have a .30-06 with the right bullet than any of the smaller calibers. It never ceases to amaze me that people who have a choice would want to go with the smallest caliber theoretically possible for a large animal, thereby increasing the chance of wounding it with a non lethal shot. Having the right bullet is a given. I know, it's all about shot placement. Well, in the field we can't always be perfect. Imperfect shots do happen, more often than most of us are willing to admit.
I agree with everything in your post with the exception of having the right bullet is a given. Too many hunters go afield with the wrong bullet. Many go into the field with the wrong bullet thinking they made the right choice! That's what amazes me more than choosing a small caliber when a larger caliber is available. But a larger caliber is certainly no disadvantage.

That being said I really don't think a 150 grain well constructed bullet at descent velocity is inadequate for bear. If that's all the hunter had on hand, no need to buy a new rifle to accommodate PA black bear. Although it may be a good excuse.:smile_big:
 
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