Re: Daughters new bear rifle
I've seen a couple of rodeo's with the 7mm and bears. Some recovered, some not. The main thing, is whatever bullet she uses, think like a bow hunter, and wait until the chest isn't covered by that big bicep.
Small bear you can blow through with good bullets, but as it gets later in the year I've seen 8-10 inches of fat over the ribs. To get through that, after going through hide, muscle, bone, muscle, hide, and then hide over the chest is a lot to ask.
I won't say it can't be done, but I will say I've seen it fail.
Where in WA will you hunt? Generally, Eastern, Cascade, Wet Side.