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I've been deer hunting in western Oregon with a .243 Weatherby Vanguard, I also have a black bear tag, will a .243 be enough gun for a black bear? Thanks.
It would do the job but you must not take iffy shots and use a premium bullet.
Shot placement is the key, but the deer your hunting wont bite like a bear. I would go bigger.
Just to give you confidence if you do choose to hunt with the .243 there have been cases of people defending themselves with a .22LR and putting the bear down with a shot to the head. I've killed a black bear with a .30-30 with a 150 yard shot....so if a 30-30 can handle it at that distance a .270 should have no problem.
The smallest gun in our bear camp is a .270 everyone else uses a .308 or a .30-06.
Well I guess the smallest is a .44 mag revolver that two of our guys carry as backups.
I use a .308 with 150 or 180 grain Core-Lokts.
A few years ago a buddy of mine took an irresponsible and unprepared shot on a black bear with a .325 WSM. When the gutshot bear took off running, I was out at 280 yds with my .243 loaded with 47-grain Hornady V-Max (I was looking for coyotes). My buddy was suddenly too busy calling everyone he knew to tell them he shot a bear (and doing an endzone-style dance) to finish the job, so I took aim at the bear's shoulder blade (given the angle of the shot, right into the heart) and dropped him dead with one touch. So I KNOW it CAN be done, as obviously from this, shot placement supersedes bullet size, but I'd never go looking for bear with anything less than a .308. Needless to say, he hasn't been invited hunting with me since.
You CAN kill an elephant with a 243. But should you try it?
I would agree with JM1993, shoot the bear one or two extra times. When my dad killed his he shot it twice with a .300 savage and thought it was dead. He walked up to it and put his gun down to get ready to skin and the blackie got up and charged. One well placed shot from the chest carried .44 magnum to the bears head stopped her.
A bigger gun would be better, but without a doubt a .243 will kill a black bear. Make sure that initial shot is fatal, but dont be afraid to send a follow up shot or two...the more shots on a bear the better in my opinion.
It will handle a black assuming you make a clean shot in the head or behind the shoulder. I personnally would have to say use a bigger gun. .300 savage or .308.
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