This is the “new kid on the block.” Born in 2007, it isn’t an old ammo option. But it’s certainly climbed up the caliber ladder in short order. It has light recoil and significant long-range capabilities. Perfect for rifles with high twist-rate ratios, it’s shockingly accurate and very aerodynamic to say the least.
The .270 has been around for 94 years. For 94 seasons, big game hunters have been heading afield with this trusty caliber in-hand. That’s what I call heritage. And it’s most certainly proven itself time after time. It’s a smaller-diameter bullet that scoots downrange in a hurry with truly impressive speeds and energy.
This gun is nowhere near as popular as the .270. And I don’t know why. In my opinion, it actually outpaces the .270 in most categories and scenarios. If you look at pure performance, this is the gun to have between the two options.
This caliber was introduced approximately 40 years ago. It offers the light recoil of a .243 or .25-06 and the versatility of a .308. With an approximate .280-diameter bullet and lots of powder to burn behind it, it also has a very flat trajectory, especially out to several hundred yards. Another reason it’s so popular — it has much less recoil than that of a .308 Win or .300 Win Mag.
If I had to guess, I’d say this one probably makes the top five or six most-used calibers by black bear hunters. It’s that common. It’s the best of all worlds. It offers knockdown power without the heavy recoil. It’s easy to find on shelves — which is big with today’s ammo availability.
Now over 100 years old, the .30-06 is a primo option for hunting black bears. It’s another favorite on this list that is among the most-sold calibers in the country. It’s a great all-around gun that can do just about whatever you ask it to (within reason).
This is a great long-range, rapidly expanding load. Plus, it offers incredible knockdown power and energy. Sure, it isn't easy on the shoulder. But you won't feel a thing when that big bruin steps out into the open. The best part? This ammo is available almost everywhere.