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Old November 12, 2012, 08:57 AM   #14
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Like any reasonable caliber, it will work if used properly.

Two of my friends who guide for bear in Maine both have complained about 270's, however, having tracked a few bears that seemed to have been hit fairly well with that caliber. They recommend the heaviest bullet available if their hunters insist on .270.

From personal experience having killed a few bears with a few different calibers, I really like the 30.06.

That said, I've killed them with arrows, too. I think bears are a bit different than other game animals. You might encounter an average 150 pound bear which isn't much harder to kill than a whitetail, or you could very well run into a 400 pound monster (PA has some big bears). I'd rather be overgunned for a small bear, than under-gunned for a brute.

Best of luck to you. Bear hunting is some serious, heart-pounding fun.
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