I was hunting black bear in a canyon and had a 90yd shot which I took and the bear did not know I was there. In cleaning the bear we discovered he had no heart or lungs in his chest because the bullet took them out the other side. Yet! The bear still turned to the sound of my shot and traveled 30yds in my direction before pilling up. Of course I bolted my rifle and was just about to shoot again when the bear fell. I know their hearts beat at least three times slower than ours and he just didn't know he was dead yet. Well that event which did get the blood flowing and the heart beating faster caused me to come up with some rules. Now this is for fun and I know there will be many things I could consider and welcome your comments - so here are my rules.RULES TO STAY ALIVE WHEN HUNTING DANGEROUS GAME
(by beartooth - Mike)
(hog, lion, bear, moose, buffalo, any animal that cops an attitude)
1. Take a good control fed rifle (or premium push feed) to do the job you are asking it to perform.
2. It must be a rifle that you know and are familiar with, because you have spent a lot of time holding it in your hands working the action and safeties so as to learn the rifle's peculiarities!
3. Shoot it from different positions and at varying ranges until you are proficient at all positions and ranges you will possibly shoot!
4. There is no such thing as the all around or magic cartridge, just some good ones that do the job very well, if you do yours!
5. Only center hits in the vital kill area will count, or a dangerous animal might teach you the difference!
6. Make the deepest hole you can to insure that vital organs, nerve centers, blood arteries and pivotal skeletal structure can be reached and destroyed from all impact angles!
7. Reaching vitals at all angles won't happen if the bullet does not hold up and fragments or sheds itís jacket or bends, so don't buy cheap factory ammunition or cheap bullets if you hand-load!
8. Do not shoot a cartridge that you are not able to handle because of excessive recoil, negatively affecting your accuracy!
9. Your intent is to shoot a cartridge that you can keep under control and will make the biggest possible diameter exit hole (if angle and distance allows), to let blood out and air in!
10. Make sure your shot is taken at a reasonable distance to ensure a judicious kill!
11. All dangerous game when shot are still dangerous so "SERVICE" your threat until it is no longer a threat, that means until it won't, can't and doesn't breath nor moves, especially if it is at close quarters, if NOT you might get a VICIOUS BIT , CUT UP, STOMPED, BROKE IN HALF, or EATEN!!!
12. If all of the above does not work I recommend (if there is time) a quick prayer!