This is hard to confess but I need some perspective. I shot at a blackie on POW the last week in Sept. He was quartering towards me not 40 yards away standing in the water on the far side of a salmon stream. In retrospect, I rushed the shot and should have waited. The bear at first showed no reaction and around 1 second after the shot 9there was definitely a gap) there were splashes in the water to his side about 10 yards away from him. My first thought was that it was blood or hair/tissue landing in the water. Now I think it was debris from the bank behind him. He waited about 3 seconds after the shot before he ran across the river upstream from me behind a blowdown tree and up the bank of the other side. I was thinking that the shot went completely through and I would hear a death groan soon. I waited, but there were no more sounds as the water made it difficult to hear. I searched the jungle of spruce and cedars for two days. The long story short was that I never found any blood, tracks, or bear. Judging from his reaction was this a complete miss? I was shooting a 338., 225 grain. Could the bullet have shaved off only hair and it was a near-complete miss? Its what I think, but don't know for sure and probably never will. I checked the gun at 50 paces and it shoots about 2" high. I've been sick to my stomach ever since. Has anything close to this happened to anyone else. Thanks for your input.