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    Default succesfull bear hunt

    i got my very first black bear on friday. it was about as perfect as a hunt can get. hiked in 10 miles, sat and glassed, hiked a few more, sat and glassed, just about started to head back, and saw a flash of black way up on the hillside. had him in the cross hairs at least 10 times waiting for the perfect shot and then finally took it when he sat down, quartering towards me, with his arms crossed in front of him. i would rather not disclose the location on an open thread but feel free to pm me and ill give you "most" of the details. to add my 2 cents into the "right caliber for bear" discussion, i shot a barnes 210 gr. ttsx bullet, in front of 70 gr of h-4350, from a ruger .338 win. mag. the shot was about 250 m. at an uphill 45 degree angle. it liquified the shoulder and rib cage, made a mess of the lung and part of the heart, and exploded the spine and backstrap. the actual exit hole was only about 5 cm. so the bullet did exactly as it was supposed to. if your looking to flip a bear and learn the definition of "red mist" first hand, by all means, shoot a .338 for black bear. it was just too much. im going to use my 7mm or other smaller cal rifles from now on.
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    nice bear and job!

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    Good for you.
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    Must have been a heavy pack. congradulations!. .338 does a great job on Black bears and you feel better if you encounter brown bears, but you need to pick the shot.
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    Default sound nice

    thanks for taking the time to share your success with us. Should make a nice trophy. Have you decided what you are going to do with him? Congrats!

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    Thanks! it was a very heavy and long pack out but so worth it. i just dropped him off at backcountry taxidermy to be made into a full rug. hes not very big but ive never seen a coat as perfectly jet black as this one. not to mention theres not a scratch on him, except for the bullet holes.

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    I just got my first black bear as well and it wasn't huge but fulfilling, about 5'6" I shoot a .338 for moose and agree maybe a bit large for bear (thats why I use a .45-70) but comforting in case the bear turns out to be the wrong color. Congrats.

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    lol cmon be nice. I only say that because when I shoot a mini this weekend I don't wanna here it. haha
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    Nice looking bear dude
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    Default Congrats GRP!

    Well done, and it will make a beautiful rug mount! By the time they put a trim material under it it will enhance the size and you'll be very happy!
    You sure earned it packing 10 miles - Whewy!

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    Next year, drop me a line, we can split the fuel cost and I will put you in some good bear country, I would check with fish and game to see if that is a legal bear or cub. I use a 7 MM around town and my 338 WM if in brown bear country, even tough I have saw 5 brownies back past knik glacier last year. Ten mile hike, I would not hike 3 miles for a 7 foot black bear, and turned down a 6 footer last weekend. Going back out this weekend to let some friends have a chance at some bears.


    Terry

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    Default Great Job

    A beautiful hide like that is worth it for sure.
    You worked hard for it and took great care of it.
    good job.
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