Originally Posted by MagTen
I read an article of 2nd. largest black bear shot in NC last year (close to 800#s) was first shot twice in skull with '06 and did not penetrate skull.
With a proper bullet the 30-06 and 308 would be plenty for any black bear. A retired brown bear guide I met prefered the 06 loaded with the 220 grain Core-Lokt. Now days we have 308 loads that can produce over 3000 ft. lbs. of muzzle energy. Jeff Cooper talked about running the Federal High Energy 165 grain Trophy Bonded in his 308 Scout Rifle for big game hunting.