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Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby Mountain Man » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:01 pm

If you were going to hunt black bear over bait from an elevated stand about 25-30 yards away, would you use a 7 mm or a 12 ga.?


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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby mathews418 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:14 pm

I believe a 12ga slug will do more damage at that range than the 7mm as it will be traveling so fast and will not have time to mushroom properly. 7mm will probably have wholes the size of a pen or pencil as to where the slug will be larger than a quarter. Just my opinion.
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby Bowhunting Brian » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:17 pm

Whatever has the least amount of recoil.
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby JAK » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:19 pm

12 gauge I shot my first bear with one and only went 20 yards.
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby Emrah » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:29 pm

mathews418 wrote:I believe a 12ga slug will do more damage at that range than the 7mm as it will be traveling so fast and will not have time to mushroom properly. 7mm will probably have wholes the size of a pen or pencil as to where the slug will be larger than a quarter. Just my opinion.


That's not how a well constructed bullet works. Faster impact speed equals more expansion.

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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby Horizontal Hunter » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:48 pm

In Mass it depends on the season:

Early season choices are: rifle, ML, revolver (357 and up, must be a revolver), and archery gear.
Regular season choices are: rifle, ML, archery.
Shotgun season ic concurrent with our deer season and you must use a shotgun using slugs. Every year some dumb a$$ shoots a bear with buckshot and they get a ticket and lose the bear.

In Mass you are not allowed o bait 10 days prior to and during the season and dogs aren't allowed either. During the early season when its bear only I tend to grab the rifle. The other seasons run concurrently with our deer seasons so I hunt deer and if a bear walks by and I have a good shot opportunity I will take it so that means archery gear during the deer archery season and a shottie during the deer shotgun season.

Hunting over bait from a stand I would likely use a revolver or my crossbow. Given the choice between the 7MM and the Shotgun I would probably go with the shottie.

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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby Stanley » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:05 pm

12 gauge.
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby daveynewman » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:13 pm

I would go shotgun
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby Edcyclopedia » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:43 am

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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby Net Guy » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:33 am

If you can see any amount of distance I would go with the 7mm just in case that bear gets hung up or reluctant to come in before it's dark.
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby Mike Foss » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:42 am

Years of experience with bear hunters and different weapons....use a Shotgun
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby PK_ » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:47 am

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Re: Rifle or Shotgun?

Postby ghoasthunter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:48 am

Mountain Man wrote:If you were going to hunt black bear over bait from an elevated stand about 25-30 yards away, would you use a 7 mm or a 12 ga.?

I doubt it would matter just hit him with rem cor lok
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