Went to the monthly "dinner club" Dinner and games was conducted in one couple's trophy room.
Its always enjoyable for the "guys" when the shindig is held at Jim's.
Topic this evening was the Brown bear that he "harvested" on Kodiac Island two weeks ago.
The story was typical, 11 days of rain, no takeable bear up to 6:30 pm on the last day. Then a settle-for 9 footer is spotted by the guide. Jim says. "what about that one over there". All eyes look that direction. The guides helper throws down her pack. The guide throws his pack on top. Jim gets into shooting position. Shooting up hill. Only a small window of shot opportunity. The bear is at 250 yards. Rifle is a custom 300 WSM shooting 180 gr Accubonds @ 3000 FPS. (Though not a long range shooter but Jim shoots a bunch, knows his rifles, and works up drop charts and has a room full of trophies that show his proficiency. Especially the Cape Buff that died within 10 feet of him and of all the shooters throwing lead at it his were the only hits. So as the song say "Don't mess with Jim")
The bear steps into the narrow opening. The bear doesn't stop. Jim follows it with the reticle, selects the proper lead, pretty much on the shoulder expecting to hit just behind the shoulder. Bang - woomp...and the bear walks into the Alders.
Bear went maybe 40 yards, just enough to make the next few minutes very anxious.
When the bear was found the guides went wild with hollering and yelling. Jim had heard this before. YOU GOT A BIG ONE. That one was a 6 1/2 footer and is hanging on his wall. He hadn't got a good look at the bear before or during the shot and didn't know what to expect.
The pics pretty much tell the size. At least 10 1/2 feet. Bear number 98 taken so far this spring and the general consensus is that its the biggest.
The 180 gr Accubond was recovered from under the hide on the far side. The small entrance wound and no exit wound is what made the stroll in the Alders exciting.
I saw the bullet. It performed perfectly. Mushroomed about 1/2 way back or maybe a little less and retained a major portion of its weight.
Jim was boiling the bullet to clean it up. Well,,,,,,,as Jim's do;), he let the pot boil dry and the lead melted out. Nevertheless she sure looked good. I'd give very high marks to the accubond.
In the pic, note the paint job on the rifle. This is the second stock painted by Jim's son. My stock, "Pink" was the first. He sure did a better job on dad's rifle and most probably for free.