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I would go with a premium bullet in the 150 grain range. Branes, use to make their X bullet in 170 grain, they may do still. Anywhere from 150-170 in a premium bullet will get it done. If you already are using 140 grain premium bullets and feel very confident in them, I wouldn`t hesitate to use that also.
 

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I'll start off with I am not a bear hunter.... but....

I'd have to disagree with too little velocity/energy for handgun hunting bear. Yes you will loose some velotity (my guess/testing/reading with other calibers is +/-150 fpm) but thats far from turning it from a .270 to a .243.

If your going to hand load you can make a hot load with a bullet thats made more for bear.

From Lymann #27.... 150 grain .270 at 2850 fpm @200 yards is a "max" game weight of 430#, 100 yds at 582#.
 
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