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Unread 01-31-2011, 12:54 PM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

The shots I've been apart of were with dogs and lever guns. 30-30 and 35rems mostly as well as my 06 pump. All but one were dead before reaching the ground. That one ran me over & stepped on my leg as it went by. If they are on the ground I'd hit them to take out the off shoulder at least and both if I had that shot. I've tracked them in some gawd awful places before they were shot. Having to track one wounded in those places would not be very restful to say the least
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Unread 02-02-2011, 08:53 PM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

Shoulder shots are risky!too many variables with bullet construction .Shoot out the lungs and you will have a short recovery.never had a bear go more than 20 yards .Most drop with being shot with Bergers.
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Unread 02-13-2011, 08:59 AM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

Black bears shot through both lungs rarely go 100 yards.
And are usually going away from the shooter after the shot.

Coastal brown bears and their cousins mountain grizzlies will go down with a double lung shot. But you take out only one lung and you become the hunted.

Generally hunting Browns one will be shooting a heavier rifle with controlled expansion bullets. If one shoots and breaks both shoulders the bear is planted long enough for a follow up double lung shot.

The great gun writer Bob Hagel once said "there is no such thing as having to much gun, dead is dead"

Nat Lambeth
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Unread 03-04-2011, 02:21 PM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

It's true. Bears can run quite a ways when shot in the lungs. It's lethal, but when the area you're hunting strikes familiarity to Jurassic Park, it can be hard to find a bear for a couple reasons.

1) A bear's coat can soak up a lot blood following a hit. This means that a blood trail may initially be hard to find even if it's a lethal wound.

2) They are dark animals that tend to blend into shadows under a thick canopy, and they often crawl into the darkest hole or bush they can find before letting go.

I've seen it too many times. Just hit them in the shoulder and be done with it.

Never underestimate a bear's willingness to survive. Many will go straight down with one shot, and more will withstand several well placed shots. If you take out the shoulder, you'll either knock him straight down, or if he's a tough one, you'll have adequate opportunity to place another shot. It's hard to hit a bear that's running away from you in thick country.

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Unread 03-04-2011, 07:21 PM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

Probably the best, most common advice I have heard!
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Unread 03-04-2011, 07:37 PM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

I have never seen a bear that can breathe very long with both lungs shot out.20-30 seconds tops.I have however seen bear shot in the shoulder that were found later with hounds still going.Seen em shot with 180 partitons and barnes X with 300 weatherby and 300 win mag.I have been on hundreds of Bear kills and none that were shot through the lungs were hard to find.No animal will go far with both lungs gone.

just my .02
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Unread 03-04-2011, 08:46 PM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

The reason for differences of opinion regarding shot placement on bear is either of these shots can produce less than desirable results. This is especially true on your big old boars for discussion sake a 7 footer. These guys are almost another species, almost always shot at dark, rarely more than 1 jump from the jungle. Using "ishootbear's" 20-30seconds on a good double lung shot' and doing the math as to how far a bear can go in this time will explain how these turn into hound hunts even when you do it right. Factor in seasonal differences in body structure, and maybe you only get one lung. A big fall bear may have 8-10 inches of fat over his ribs, catch it with that big "TERMINATOR" arm pulled back and your bullet has some work to do before it gets to a lung. Move back to miss it and next thing you know you're too far back. Either of these shots effectiveness in my opinion are enhanced by good heavy for caliber bullets. The Nosler 220 grain round nose in .30 is where I think the good ones start. I'll take which ever of these shots presents provided I've got the horsepower. I've never chased a bear shot with my .375 H&H.
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