Originally Posted by FastDam
I have shot bears with bullets and arrows and they have all been very tough animals. I"m sure your 100 grain bullet will kill the bear, but will you be able to find him when he dies? My policy is to get exit wounds on bears so your chances of a good blood trail are better. If I was hunting bears with a .25 caliber, I would shoot him in the neck. Everything drops with neck shots.
Oddly enough the only bear I've ever lost was hit in the neck, with no sign of exit.
The rest have all been boiler room shots from just about every angle imaginable. Aside from one we took with handguns, all died within feet, not yards, of where they were shot. A few tumbled off the mountainside or off cliffs, & needed to be recovered, but died lightening fast at impact or within 2-5 steps. (30-06, 270WSM, & 338Win) Most were taken with my 270WSM with handloaded 140 Accubonds, or bonded 150gr Fusions before I handloaded.
The handgun bear soaked up some lead. But died in a couple hundred yards. (44mag, & 357mag).
The only times id take a neck shot on purpose on anything, is if it was the only shot offered, & the conditions were right, or if it was in line with the vitals for my bullet path.
Weird how peoples experiences differ.
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