No such thing as "overgunned" imo, but the concequences of being undergunned can be dire.
You don't -Need- a 300 to kill a bear, & ya, a 223 could get the job done, but why not err on the safe side? If your worried about Hyde damage, choose your shot wisley, & use the apropriate bullet.
Most taxidermists are quite skilled at stitching up holes, & you'll likely have more holes from skinning your critter than from a well placed bullet.
Bear fat equalls dull knives rather quickly, so be sure to bring some baby wipes for your blade(s) & a stone for touching up the edge.
Of the last 3 bears I got I only had 1 passthru, with bonded bullets no less, but the Hyde had its share of nicks & thin spots due to the akward task of skinning in the field on steep ground in brush. Never had a taxidermist say he couldn't fix or hide my blemishes.
Let us know how you make out, & wich cartrige you use.
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Last edited by winmag; 09-18-2011 at 04:15 PM.