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Rifles for Bear hunting in Mass

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Smiley, May 15, 2003.

  1. Smiley

    Smiley Well-Known Member

    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
  2. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Well-Known Member

    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 !
  4. KMKeller

    KMKeller Well-Known Member

    Marlin Guide Gun Model 1895 in .45-70.
  5. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    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).:)
  6. WYO

    WYO Well-Known Member

    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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