This past year (2010) my old .35 Remington model 8 autoloader turned 100 years old. I had verified this by the serial #s listed in John Henwood's book "The Great Remington 8 and model 81 autoloading rifles". To sort of commemorate this I decided to go on a spring bear hunt (well,actually I had been itching for another bear hunt for quite some time anyway). By coincidence,I ended up staying in a 100 year old cabin--which I guess added something to the whole experience. I passed on some black bears before taking a nice one--not huge by any means at around 240 pounds--but a nice one though. When I fired,to my surprise--he took off like he was on fire...I fired a couple more wild shots as he as he tore away though the thick stuff. One hour until dark...I followed the blood trail for around 40 to 50 yards,near a small brook....I thought perhaps he had crossed...then noticed a small log which had fallen across the brook had a few drops of blood on it! I was starting to balance my self to cross the brook when I noticed the bear,mostly submerged in the murky water--flat on it's back in the brook! I had taken him a hair behind the front shoulder,through both lungs,with a 200 grain Remington Core Lokt. I had so much fun I plan to try for another bear this year with the 'ol rifle. Just got the mount back --it's a 3/4 open mouth mount in an aggressive pose--and turned out great! It was a fun hunt,knowing I was using a gun from a bygone era. The only scary side note was when I had to get some more ammo for it...had a hard time finding it--and then was $27 per box! But I guess the only ammo deals common these days are the 30-30,30-06,and a few other very popular calibers.Guess the good old days were just not as expensive.