I am pretty excited for my daughter's 1st Black Bear last night. She has watched her older brother get a sheep, goat, moose and his 1st Black Bear last Saturday. One shot from her .243 Win. She says: "Silly boys always talking about big guns, all it takes is the correct placement". She has always told it like it is!
Remington has a synthetic stock (that will fit on a Stainless Synthetic 700) that has one 1/2" shim and two 1/4' shims that you can add later. She shoots it perfectly, no flinching, no jerking the trigger. Bear went maybe 20ft.