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and not a good first either sad was up hunting bear on the east side last weekend and i had hiked about six miles back in the morning came back out for lunch and then on my way back in about a mile and a half in i come up behind a very nice boar. he had no idea i was there and i got about 35 yards from him and on his broad side. i drew on him and followed as he walked behind a log, it was like he posed for me to shoot it was perfect and only 35 yards from the trail. i shot him right in the vitals (both lungs near as i can figure since as he went down and started flopping he didnt make a sound) with a .300 winchester mag he went down hard got up and flopped down hard again. then he did some thing i just cant believe he got up and ran 140 or so yards down the hill and off a edge into the thickest gully ive ever been in Brick Wall,) i tried for eight and a half hours to cut my way into him but i just couldnt get down there. i have no idea how he ran that far you shoulda seen the blood i hit him solid. he was a big bear and that could have something to do with it i guess. but this is the first animal ive ever lost and it just feels terrible, not only because i didnt take him home but i hate to waste a bear i have an incredible amount of respect for the animals i hunt and now a little more for the bears.one good thing is in looking for this bear i think i found me a honey hole for bears, but thats little consolation for how im feeling.

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300 mag at 35 yds, what bullet were you using? Sometimes velocity works against us. At 35 yds that bullet still had most of it's velocity and unless it was some kind of premium bullet, it could have given you a nasty surface wound with lots of blood and little penetration.

I've shot only two bears and neither went down and stayed down. The first was a bad bullet choice on my part and the bear went about 50yds before laying down sick; small bear. The next was a good bullet but the bear went down then got back up and went about 50yds and fell dead. I think the only good shot on a bear has to break down a shoulder and to do that the bullet must get inside.

Asking a bullet to preform well at 300yds and at 35yds is a tall order, especially at mag velocities.

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i shoot a 168gr barnes TTSX, from all the data this bullet should expand pretty well. the bear died, i heard him stop i just couldn't get to him no matter how hard i tried. and believe me i was workin my a$$ off

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That bullet should have done it! I have seen some photo's of a few that failed to open but rather closed up and flew on through. The new plastic tip is supposed to stop that.

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yeah its a good bullet, and ive really fine tuned my hand loads so i know just how my rifle is shooting. that bullet hit him hard, it actually flipped him on to his back when i shot him i swear i just musta shot super bear cuz i still cant figure how he went so far before he died Brick Wall,)

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