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I am considering using an HK SLB 2000 in 30/06 I picked up unfired for $650 bucks (with a 10 round mag I got as well) for a black bear hunt in NH.....

Now I have a S&W 460 Magnum I intend to be primary gun loaded with 300gr Hornady XTP JHP'S .... :) :)

BUT?! What does everyone think would be a great stop a BIG black bear dead in its tracks 30/06 round?

I have a stainless Winchester model 70 in 308 but it's currently got a S&B 10 x scope on it and I really do not want to muck with it....

Thanks all!

All thoughts appreciated!
 

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What does everyone think would be a great stop a BIG black bear dead in its tracks 30/06 round?
ain't none.

No bullet will stop a bear dead in it's tracks, if you aren't able to pull off a hit to the medulla oblongata. I would assume that if you could pull off such a shot, you wouldn't need to ask about bullets.

Now, having said that, bullet development has reached such a point that any quality "big game" round from any of the reputable manufacturers will get the job done. What I usually do with a new gun is buy a sampling. One box of each of what's available locally, and try them out at the range for accuracy.
 

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I would use the 220 grain partition bullet load. The 30-06 should be plenty of medicine but as bordercop says don't expect a one shot instant stop and an injured bear can do a lot of damage, fast. Here is a great article to read on the subject

30-06 Springfield Rifle calibre Round

Whatever you decide on make sure you sight your gun in for that load
 

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Barnes makes some excellent rounds for big game that give the penetration needed. Personally, I would never take an uproven, tested rifle into the field for a hunt. You can't beat proper shot placement. I would be more inclined to take a 300 mag or a 338 lapua. I wish you the best of luck, Happy hunting be safe, and bring some pics back of the Big Bear.
 
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