Originally Posted by bigg_sexy1
Minimal meat damage as the Bergers performed exactly as advertised and I am 100% sold on this combination and shot placement. The bullet did not exit, and I recovered approx 50% of it at the hide on the off shot side.
Where did you shoot him and what was the angle (broadside, quartering?)?
I shot a 170 lb black bear with a 210 Berger VLD this spring that was lying on it's side from a distance of about 25 feet. I hit the bear between the two front legs in the brisket area and none of the bullet even reached the backstraps, let alone exited. All I found upon butchering the bear were tiny shards of lead and jacket. This was with a 300 Win Mag and a muzzle velocity of ~2925 fps. None of the bullet penetrated more than 12" in depth, and I never found a piece of bullet that weighed more than 2-3 grains.
This was a finishing shot in the alders that killed the bear instantly. The bullet disintegrated like an exploding grenade within the first 12" of the bears chest.