With spring bear season just around the corner, I thought I would stimulate our anticipaion a little by asking what rfile, cartridge and load you plan to use? Also what type and size of bear are you after? And anything else you want to add.
I am getting a Rem Sendero in 300 RUM. The owner says it has 20 shots down the tube and will shoot a quarter size group @ 350 yds with factory Rem 180 Scirrocos. I'm expecting about 3200 fps with this factory load and plan to work up other loads with 180 E-tips that may reach 3300-3400 fps. I'll put a Nightforce 5 1/2 - 22 x 500 scope on it. This will be a great looooong range outfit.
I'll be after a blackie, no griz hunting here yet. I'd like to get one about 300 lbs or so.
My hunting will be walking and glassing on closed FS roads, trails and sunnyside slopes. Last year, I took a little nap in the early afternoon and when I sat up about 20 min later, I looked to my right and there was a bear about 150 yds away. When I worked in a little closer I noticed a cub seconds before I was going to fire at about 20 yds.