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    First Bear

    I shot my first bear with a 357 Maximum rifle loaded with an Accurate 270gr LFP powdercoated and fueled with AA 1680 at about 1755fps. That combo did quite well on the treed 190lb bear.

    Thanks, Dinny
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    Very cool! What type rifle were you using, and any pics?

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    Yo great work!!! Congrats! Pics of any and all... would love to see it

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    I don't have a photosizer program on my desktop. Hopefully I can post them from my phone.The rifle is a Traditions G2 Outfitter 357 Mag reamed to 357 Maximum.

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    Thanks, Dinny
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    Sweet! With a melon shot he's not going anywhere! I’m sure that beer had no clue what hit him. Your rug maker is going to have a little sewing to do. I’d give up deer hunting for the rest of my life to be able to go hunting deer season every year! It’s been a good 10 years since I’ve gone last and have my points building up again for Wisconsin. I have three under my Belt now I would like to put a zero behind it.

    What alloy did you use? That sure made a big hole Is that the entry or exit hole in the neck? It made a nice big entry or exit which ever it is.
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    let me decipher what my "excited " friend tripplebeards was actually trying to say in his excitment....

    Sweet! With a melon shot he's not going anywhere! I’m sure that bear had no clue what hit him. Your rug maker is going to have a little sewing to do. I’d give up deer hunting for the rest of my life to be able to go hunting bear season every year! It’s been a good 10 years since I’ve gone last and have my points building up again for Wisconsin. I have three "Beers" under my Belt now I would like to put a zero behind it.

    great job sir..
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    A friend cast the bullets, all I know is that they're hard cast. That was the exit wound and the bear wasn't more than 20yds away. He did run after hitting the ground and rolling downhill a bit. Another few shots anchored him. I missed the spine and suppose the shockwave stunned him real good. I plan to test a softer alloy soon to see if I can slightly reduce penetration and increase expansion. The same bullet was shot into a box filled with wet pacjed newspaper and shows a little expansion after penetrating 17". All the rest of those bullets I tested penetrated thru the box. I have never had that happen before.

    Thanks, Dinny

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    I figured that was a solid neck shot and he dropped in the spot. Good size exit hole So it must have expanded pretty well.


    Lol... We can get 30 packs around here pretty cheap.

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    Way to go Dinny, glad for you Buddy!

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    Congrats!!! Still Woods Wait'n for my Black Growler. Jim

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    Congrats dinny. I got my 1st bear this year too. I now have zero MI bear points and 1 in WI. It'll be a while until I can go in those 2 states. Great job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripplebeards View Post
    Sweet! With a melon shot he's not going anywhere! Iím sure that beer had no clue what hit him. Your rug maker is going to have a little sewing to do. Iíd give up deer hunting for the rest of my life to be able to go hunting deer season every year! Itís been a good 10 years since Iíve gone last and have my points building up again for Wisconsin. I have three under my Belt now I would like to put a zero behind it.

    What alloy did you use? That sure made a big hole Is that the entry or exit hole in the neck? It made a nice big entry or exit which ever it is.
    I cast those for Dinny. Those where W/W air cooled. IIRC. SOFTER BLUE had 25/30% soft lead added.

    (Some where in that box that got swiped I sent ya. ;( )

    Good job Dinny!!

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    Congrats!...great first for sure....

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    Greetings and Congratulations !
    That 270 grain flat nose slug chugging along at 1755 fps will do in most any critter when plopped in the right spot.
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    Congrats on your blacky Dinny. Nice rug too.

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    Thanks to all who have replied. I'm hooked on bears but need to shoot them closer to a trail or road.

    Thanks, Dinny
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    Congrats!!!!

    Thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinny View Post
    Thanks to all who have replied. I'm hooked on bears but need to shoot them closer to a trail or road.

    Thanks, Dinny
    Yes, true dat. Close friend got his with a bow from about 35 yds in the mountains of Arizona. Took him and his brother 3 days to get it out.

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    Nice job!
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    Nice bear, Dinny. 190 is a good sized bruin. Should be pretty fat this time of year, and delicious! The fat renders down into the finest cooking oil. Good for waterproofing your boots too. Congrats!

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