hey i was wondering if anyone knew which caliber would be better in bear country, the .460 or the .500. I have heard that the .460 is more powerful, but the .500 is a larger bore, so please enlighten me!
The 460 has a greater case capacity and can produce more foot pounds of energy. Here are some published loads:
460 S&W: 335 grain at 2064 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 3169 foot pounds / Efficacy 513
460 S&W: 300 grain at 2080 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2882 foot pounds / Efficacy 467
460 S&W: 395 grain at 1796 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2829 foot pounds / Efficacy 458
460 S&W: 360 grain at 1864 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2777 foot pounds / Efficacy 450
500 S&W Corbon load: 325 grain at 1800 fps 2338 foot pounds / Efficacy 459
500 S&W: 360 at 1843 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2715 foot pounds / Efficacy: 440
500 S&W Corbon load: 440 grain at 1625 fps for 2578 foot pounds / Efficacy: 507
500 S&W: 700 grain at 1300 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2627 foot pounds / Efficacy 516
When it comes to scent, there are basically two types; those that attract and those that mask. I've tried both on many occasions. There are lots and lots of "doe in heat" scents, designed to attract a big buck into range. I've also used a "cow in heat" scent while elk hunting.
Another scent would almost be better named as a "coverup smell". The main goal is to cover up human odor or mask it. Though I don't believe you can ever totally eliminate all human...