Well had an interesting weekend. Took my dad bear hunting. He took his smith and wesson 8 3/8" 357mag. He shot a black bear and it ended up in the thick green grass and tall ferns. I showed up a bit later, split up, and he was all excited. It was a 35 yard shot or so. I asked if bear had did its death moan. He said no, his ears were ringing. I was skeptical and told him it was maybe still alive. Sure thing it was. Long story short he got above it, couldn't see it and I sent my dog in. She did who knows what in there but bear was pissed and growling! He was able to pin point it enough to get me near it. I head over and walked right up on it pretty much. I slowly approached, first time going in after wounded bear. I could hear it, finally see a glimps of it. I start to break the ferns over enough to see it, just the head. I had glock 20 drawn, backed up and got dog out of the way too. Aimed at head, boom, dead bear! Upon skinning it out, he hit by front legs, to far forward to hit organs, grazed bones, must have hit artery or something. Lots of blood but bear was not no where near dead. We found a bullet while skinning on lung side of shoulder just under skin. Not until sunday and popping skull out did we know the rest of the story.
My dads bullet was a pass through. Mine entered top of skull, went through skull of course, down wind pipe area and through neck and past shoulder and popped up under hide like stated on lung side of shoulder. Bullet was deformed a bit on the nose, and can't see rifling on bullet either, hardcast, and I assume was smoothed out from going through all that bone. Pics to follow, once I can get them off face book.
But I am still convinced the 10mm is enough! Has not let me down and is always with me. People asked for better testing, well not much better testing, well besides a real charging bear at 10yards or closer. I will work on that test next! Talk about an adrenaline rush, and seeing dog go into the thick stuff after a wounded bear, priceless. No worries, all legal, have permit for her. Good times! Gotta love it.