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hello all, which 454 load for black bears

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by timney t, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. timney t

    timney t Active Member

    I have three bullets and wanted to know which one would be best for northwest black bears. It will be my backup and possibly harvesting load depending on situation ( range, shot picture dictate obviously). I will be carrying my 30-06 as my primary weapon of choice though (180 TSX or bear claw load).

    the bullets i have for the 454 are the...

    300 gr Hornady XTP

    260 gr Win partition

    400 gr Doubletap hard cast flat nose

    what would you recommend
  2. H&Hhunter

    H&Hhunter Moderator

    Any of the above.
  3. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Well-Known Member

    Any of those would do fine for a blackie.
  4. timney t

    timney t Active Member

    Really .... hmmm.
    Here i was going to expect that one or maybe two of the loads would be too questionable.

    Alright out of the three which would you pick and why?
  5. WTBguns10kOK

    WTBguns10kOK Well-Known Member

    It's not imperative to have a gun for black bear (bear spray is #1), but it's nice, plus most people don't carry bigger than .44, hence your query is somewhat irrelevant. Hard cast ftw
  6. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Well-Known Member

    Uh WTB, considering he is hunting black bear, it would be mighty dern difficult to harvest one with bear spray dont you think?? :( I can see it now, "spray spray, now haul yer butt in my truck bear and don't you resist any more!!!"

    As far as selecting one out of those 3 timney, I would have to say whichever one shoots the most accurately in your weapon since all 3 are more than sufficient to drop a black bear if hit well. I personally carry either a Ruger .44 mag Super Redhawk or my .500 S&W whenever I am going to be in hunting critters that can eat me. That .454 is good medicine for pretty much anything on legs with all 3 of those loads. So just pick whichever one you shoot best and have fun.
  7. timney t

    timney t Active Member

    thanks all
    i guess after the game i need to head out and see what Big B prefers of the three. i'll check groups at 25 and 50 yrds and maybe see what i can do at 100 for $h1t$ and giggles
  8. WTBguns10kOK

    WTBguns10kOK Well-Known Member

    Freedom Fighter, we all see he's using a .30-06 for hunting and the 454 is for defense. Honestly, just stop with the childish crap, which is not even remotely witty.
  9. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Well-Known Member

    Care to retract your obviously childish remark there WTB as he did clearly state it would possibly be his harvesting load depending on the situation. No need to get all snippy there fella.
  10. WTBguns10kOK

    WTBguns10kOK Well-Known Member

    Ya my bad I misread, see your point, but since he doesn't know which load to use, he clearly hasn't done the work to actually hunt with a handgun. It'll be for defense...
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2010
  11. timney t

    timney t Active Member

    Ya never hunted with a handgun. Boy it is nicer then lugging a scoped mossberg 835 through upstate New York, lol. Bills lost AGAIN today. Depressed. Should probably go shooting to end the day right. We'll see what happens.

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