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    Cool Spring Black bear

    Question for you all. I have been hunting black bears over bait for the last 2 years with a 7MM. I have yet to shoot a bear. It was pointed out to me that that is way too much gun for an interior black bear. What do you think? Is it too much? If so what caliber should i use?
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    Default Teeth and claws hurt!

    No such thing as too much gun IMO. Dead is dead. Personally, I use a 375 H&H. Use what you are proficient shooting. The 7mm mag is a great round.
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    Default bear rifle

    I doubt that your lack of sucess can be laid on the rifle. I'd continue to use the 7mm & tell your buddies to pound sand.
    What do they use? have they killed any bears in the past 2 years. if not, why are they giving you advice?
    Over bait almost any centerfire rifle is suitable blackie medicine. Are they afraid you'll kill a bear "deader" by using too much rifle?
    Never could understand the concept of using "too much" gun to hunt something.
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    Default It is

    It is too much gun. Just use a bow.

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    Default nope

    I have a hard time with the concept of "too much gun." Its not as if you're out there hunting black tails with a 416 Rigby. You also have to consider that where there are black bears, there might also be grizzlies. 7mm seems like a reasonable choice if that is what you have/like.

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    7mm is more than reasonable...My buddy shot his blackie last year with a .378wby...

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    Talking Too much Gun???

    Why use any gun, just use a spear, much more exciting that way.

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    Default never too much

    when your dealing with bears. Your 7mm will do just fine. Make sure you are shooting a quality bullet. Good luck!

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    Default 375 H & H

    I've only shot 1 bear - it was a black bear. I killed it with a 375 H & H. Yes, there were several brown bears in the area.

    I agree with the statements "there is no such thing as too dead". Shoot what is comfortable. For me it's the 375.

    BTW, after shooting the black bear I took the 375 to Africa on a plains game hunt. I killed all my antelope with the 375 - from kudu to bushbuck. This June I'll be headed to Africa again - this time for lioness. Guess what I'm taking.

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    the 7 mag?

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    Its good to have enough gun to break the bear down, or cause massive implosion of its organs. Shoot the 7mm, it's not too much gun, specially if a grizz crosses paths with you on the way into the bait. u might then be wishing for more gun, not less. No matter the size of your gun, make a good shot. End of story.

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    It was pointed out to me that that is way too much gun for an interior black bear.
    Probably by someone who has not shot a black bear either.

    "Too much" is very different from "minimum needed". A blackie can certainly be killed by a less potent cartridge, but a 7mag is just fine.

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    Default my 2 cents

    Took my blackie last year with the wife's .270 and a regular 130 gr soft point bullet. The bear went 20 yards and the famous death moan persued. All in all: make a good shot using what ever gun you are comfortable with. I will be using the bow this year.

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