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Shane C
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Just bought my first trad bow: 55@ 28 and I draw more like 30. All my arrows from my compound don't really work for my new bow but after I get the setup I'm hoping to go do some bear hunting this spring. Glad to hear that it's bow enough for anything I'll need it for. Hopefully I'm man enough to shoot it [Smile]

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JimB
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That's plenty of bow Shane.It will work on much larger game too.Black bears ribs over the vital area are relatively thin,not much bigger around than a pencil.When properly double lunged,they don't go far at all.
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Shane C
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Thanks Jim, I'm not too familiar with hunting bears.this will be my first go at it. Just noticed you are from Montana too, where abouts?

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JimB
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I'm in Whitehall.
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Shane C
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Nice. I'm in Bozeman

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tawmio
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48lbs and an arrow around 600 grain
Worked like a charm.
That setup worked awesome had pass through on bear, whitetail and mule deer. had a bad shoulder so lowered my bow weight that year.

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American Indians were killing all North American big game with 45 lb. draw weight bows. It worked for them then and will work for you now. Even though I personally prefer at least 60 lbs. That's just my preference and two cents. Happy hunting sir.

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All my hunting bows are from 50 to 55# in draw weight. I hunt deer almost exclusively but would not hesitate to shoot bear with it. Many have confidence in lighter draw weights, and they have the results to back up their beliefs. So, this, like so many of these discussions, comes down to the performance of the archer more than the potential performance of the equipment.

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Killed one in Idaho in 2015. 44# at my 26" draw. Boiler room at 15 yards. He fell dead in sight at 40 yards. 2 blade single bevel Helix.

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Bears are easy to penetrate and die really easy so just make sure you're above a state requirement and shoot within your effective range.
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