Hate to open up old wounds but my "bear hunt dilemma" has been resolved. Going back and forth back and forth between my .30-06 and 7mm mag, I decided to go with the gun I'm more comfortable with and that's the 7mag and it did the trick!
Spotted this guy and put on the stalk. Got within about 300 yards, decided he was going to be taking a one way trip home with me and closed some more distance. Got within 200 yards, which I KNOW I'm good at. Settled down and got him in my sights. He was moving and by the time I was able to get a kill shot he was at 229. (I know some of you are probably going to snub your nose at this) Squeezed on off, immediately jacked one out and a new one back in, settled on him again to watch him do his last dance.
Dropped him off at my taxadermist to get rugged out and we measured him out. He squares at 6'2". Couldn't be happier with my first black bear.
I've been chasing these guys through springs and falls now for two years and FINALLY brought one home with me!