Caliber for black bear in a leveraction, consider..
Marlin 336; 30/30, 35. Rem 45/70 (need the larger action, forgot that model #)
Savage 99: .243Win & 308Win, (older models - .300Savage, .358Win)
Winchester 94: 30/30, .32Spl (model 95: 30-40 Krag, 30Govt. aka 3006, 405W)
Winchester M88: .243W, 308Win, & .3358Win
These all are or have been used, for small bear.
Just practice, starting in July, so you know where your rifle shoot and what load is accurate. Then take a well place shot.
Last edited by jrothWA; March 28, 2010 at 10:34 PM.
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