Bear calibers

gouch

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Every bear I ever shot was with a .300 SAV. The farthest I ever had to trail one was 15 yards. I was always told that it will kill a deer, it will kill a bear.
 

buffybr

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I suspect that with a 55gr FMJ from a 223 using the same shot you'd get the same result!
I would NOT recommend a 55 gr .223 bullet for ANY big game animal.

That said, a US Forest Service LEO, a Sheriff Deputy, and I once shot a charging sow black bear by each of us firing a single shot simultaneously. I'm sot sure what the LEO shot, the Deputy shot a shotgun, and I shot the LEO's .223 with whatever bullets he had in it. She died instantly.

I would not hesitate to hunt black bears with any deer hunting cartridge shooting expanding hunting bullets. I have several friends who have killed dozens on Montana black bears with their .22-250s.

The two black bears that I've shot while hunting them (spot and stalk) each died almost instantly from a single shot, one from a 220 grain cast lead bullet from my 1911 .45 acp and the other from a cast 250 grain lead bullet from my Ruger SBH .44 magnum.
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Don Fischer

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I would NOT recommend a 55 gr .223 bullet for ANY big game animal.

That said, a US Forest Service LEO, a Sheriff Deputy, and I once shot a charging sow black bear by each of us firing a single shot simultaneously. I'm sot sure what the LEO shot, the Deputy shot a shotgun, and I shot the LEO's .223 with whatever bullets he had in it. She died instantly.

I would not hesitate to hunt black bears with any deer hunting cartridge shooting expanding hunting bullets. I have several friends who have killed dozens on Montana black bears with their .22-250s.

The two black bears that I've shot while hunting them (spot and stalk) each died almost instantly from a single shot, one from a 220 grain cast lead bullet from my 1911 .45 acp and the other from a cast 250 grain lead bullet from my Ruger SBH .44 magnum.
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I would not recommend it either. But that does not mean a well placed 55gr solid won't kill instantly if placed right.
 
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