Rifles for Bear hunting in Mass


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Smiley
May 15, 2003, 03:16 PM
I am a little confused. Can you hunt bear with a rifle in Mass?? I looked at the 2003 abstracts and it says that bear can be taken with rifle above .23 caliber. I thought Mass didn't allow rifles for hunting.

I am kind of interested in Bear hunting with a pistol, but if Mass allows rifles then I would try that first.


And if mass does allow rifles for bears what do you use??

I have a savage .308 but I think that this might be a good reason to get another rifle

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cratz2
May 15, 2003, 03:30 PM
Must be some small bears if they allow a .243 to be used on them. ;) And while I know nothing at all about Mass hunting regs, is there any chance that they only allow 'approved hunters' for population control? Just a thought.

For some reason, when I think of bears, I think of lever guns. If I were wanting to get a new rifle, I might look at a heavy Marlin in 44 Magnum or 45 Colt. 45-70 if you want a bigger boomer than that. With bolt guns, I would think your .308 with controlled expansion bullets (Partition, X-Bullet, Trophy Bonded, FailSafe) would work fine if they allow a 243 to be used. Truth be told, you'd probably be fine with some Winchester Power-Points.

GooseGestapo
May 15, 2003, 04:09 PM
Use the same thing Teddy Kennedy uses for "dear", a '68 Olds (or is it a Buick?)
(sorry, I just had to throw that in, my wife's from Tax-a-chusetts). Believe it or not, the largest gun-kill bear in Georgia was killed with a single shot from a .243, a Federal 100gr w/Nosler Part..
Bear weighed just shy of 700lbs. Largest was killed by bow and arrow !

As with anything, shot placement is essential.

The .308 will be splendid !

KMKeller
May 15, 2003, 04:15 PM
Marlin Guide Gun Model 1895 in .45-70.

Gordon
May 16, 2003, 12:58 AM
Find a .35 Remington in the used gun rack. The .35 Remington is made for bears under 150yds and makes little noise and recoils like a 30-30 and ammo is available. Use 200 grain Remington Corelokts if available.Stay away from 150grain loads. Come to think of it a 30-30 would be good too, I just think the .35 has about 20% more'knock down power' and is available in the Rem 141 pump(among others).:)

WYO
May 16, 2003, 09:55 AM
The .308 is all the caliber you'll ever need for black bear. I have friends who have taken theirs with .308's and no complaints. If a bear chooses me as a vehicle to commit suicide, I probably will be holding a .308. If you just want a new rifle, then, . . . it's a terrible caliber; you need a new rifle!

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