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What caliber for big game(bigger than white tails)? #6970493
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Iíve had aspirations of hunting out west like most people. Wife may have a chance of taking a gig out that way. Iíve been saving money for gear and am now looking at a rifle. I already have a .270 that I love. Wanting one I can take moose, elk, bears with. Thinking about a .338 or 7mm. Are they enough for a bear? Looking roughly $1000 range

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270 is good for most of those, not sure about moose. But the 7mag would probably be my choice.

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If we are talking brown bear then I would go 338. 7 Mag will do it but the 338 will do it better. You could always split the difference and go with one of the hot 300's.

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300WM. Plenty of heavy bullets to do the job. Affordable to shoot and easy to find ammo


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Originally Posted By: BigPig
300WM. Plenty of heavy bullets to do the job. Affordable to shoot and easy to find ammo


In the absence of further information, this is the obvious choice.


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3x on the 300WM for the above reasons plus the availability of rifles that are chambered in that caliber.


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Originally Posted By: syncerus
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300WM. Plenty of heavy bullets to do the job. Affordable to shoot and easy to find ammo


In the absence of further information, this is the obvious choice.


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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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300 wm sounds good to me. Will it drop bears?

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If I ever get a large magnum it will be a 300 Win Mag.




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Originally Posted By: syncerus
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300WM. Plenty of heavy bullets to do the job. Affordable to shoot and easy to find ammo


In the absence of further information, this is the obvious choice.


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Originally Posted By: Ryan06
300 wm sounds good to me. Will it drop bears?


There was a guide on here offering Brown bear hunts in Russia. His advertisement photo was a huge bear; he killed it with an sks. No joke.

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7rm would be my choice.


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.338 win

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Sure.





Well that looks like a yes!

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270 will do it for ya


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I think 375 H&H would be good moose and bears, even bison. Ammo is going to be expensive though. 300 win mag is the best bang for the buck. It's plenty versatile and it's about the biggest round you can get before ao prices sky rocket.

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Ok so looks like either 300 wm or 338 wm. I canít confidently take the 270 for such big game. Shot a buck 3 days ago center mass with it and he walked away. Found him today. Not a good feeling when the prey can kill me

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Never been much of a 300 mag fan... I sure have liked a 338 win mag, and am starting to enjoy my 33 nosler. If I had to choose a out west round--I'd probably go 7mag with 180 grains/28 nosler 180 grain ect... Or step up to the 33's..you will not need more for NOrth America and with bullets like 225 accubond, 250 grain berger elite hunter, 265 grain Barnes, and 300 grain woodleigh there is not much you cannot do with a 338 win mag, 340 WBY, 33 nosler...ect.... I have taken a lot of big antelope with the 33s...and they work

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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
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300WM. Plenty of heavy bullets to do the job. Affordable to shoot and easy to find ammo


In the absence of further information, this is the obvious choice.


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.338 WM is a great round. I took one on my first elk hunt and was glad I did. If big coastal browns are ever are on the menu I will take it again. Many feel itís the best NA big game caliber- and I wouldnít argue with them.

I went to a .300 WSM because I donít handload (more ammo choices) and the mountain rifle I prefer is light and doesnít come chambered in .338 anyway. It works fine and 180 grains is plenty for all but the big bears.


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300WM. Plenty of heavy bullets to do the job. Affordable to shoot and easy to find ammo


In the absence of further information, this is the obvious choice.


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Originally Posted By: Ryan06
Shot a buck 3 days ago center mass with it and he walked away. Found him today. Not a good feeling when the prey can kill me



I may be out of line here, but "center mass" isn't the way to shoot big game---if I'm understanding the comment. In my opinion, you should always look for an angle to put a bullet through the heart. Failure to kill in this instance is (apparently) the fault of nothing other than shot placement and the cartridge has not much, if anything, to do with it.




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I would add that no matter what cartridge you choose for big brown bear, you have to know the animal's anatomy and place the [right] bullet in the right place. Big browns don't fall to center mass shots.




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Originally Posted By: RiverRider
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Shot a buck 3 days ago center mass with it and he walked away. Found him today. Not a good feeling when the prey can kill me



I may be out of line here, but "center mass" isn't the way to shoot big game---if I'm understanding the comment. In my opinion, you should always look for an angle to put a bullet through the heart. Failure to kill in this instance is (apparently) the fault of nothing other than shot placement and the cartridge has not much, if anything, to do with it.


I was going to leave it alone but since you commented I'll have to agree, it left me shaking my head.


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