Originally Posted by Cold Trigger Finger
I really like the Bear Claws!!!! The last 375 H+H that I had they were my all time favorite bullet and load. Factory Federal High Energy 300 gr. They chronographed 2700 out of that 23" Montana barrel. They had a very low extreme spread velocity wise and shot as small a group as I could shoot that rifle. Stainless Montana action. I wanted to dump a bear with that combo up close but I think the bears knew that as they stayed pretty scarce when I had it with me.
I wish the bullets were still available for handloaders. Speer stopped marketing them as a reloading component a few years ago, but they're still available loaded in Factory ammo.
I shot one 10 1/2 foot brown bear on Kodiak from about 130 yds. 225gr TBBC from a .338 Imperial Magnum. Broadside shot to the middle of the ribs. That bear dropped as if struck by lightning. Instant lights out. I waited a good 15 minutes before I began to approach, because I didn't believe the boar could expire like that from a shot to the ribs. He was indeed dead. He never flopped, tossed, turned, or twitched.
I shot a 9' 3" boar on Kodiak with the same bullet. This bear was wounded with the adrenaline pumping. Same bullet placement. The boar collapsed and never regained all fours.
Gotta say after those two experiences, I have a lotta confidence in the TBBC in .338 caliber. Those were the original Jack Carter TBBCs, before he sold out. Never shot anything else with them in that caliber or any other caliber. However my brother owns a gun shop and I knew he had carried those bullets as he had some customers that were devote TBBC fans. So I asked if he had any left and sure enough, he did have a few boxes in a variety of calibers, however none left in .338. So I just recently acquired and loaded up some 200gr TBBC for my .300 Win Mag for bear/camp defense loads. I expect them to be reliable performers, and deadly, in my .300 Win Mag also.