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expatriate's picture
Location: Arizona
Joined: 10/26/2002
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The last thing you want is for the bear to disappear into the brush after being shot. Some people complain about the guide backing them up, but as dense as brown bear country is, if you don't pin the bear with the first round it could easily disappear before you cycle the bolt and get back on target. Once you lose sight of the bear, you've got to track him down in dense cover where he could be a couple feet away from you before you see him. That's not someplace to be if you don't know if he's dead or just wounded and really ticked off.

Location: Misouri
Joined: 11/30/2005
Posts: 361

I never thought I wouild practice a follow up shot but my father and I do this when we hunt together in New Mexico. The cannons of the Canadian river are so deep that if a you wound or even make a great shot the likelyhood of the mule deer dropping to the bottom of the cannon risk is high and could make it impossible to get our deer.

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Location: Fort Collins, CO
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Getting back to if the 300 WSM is adequate for grizzlies, I would say there is obviously enough power and strong bullets should be used. There are two problems with using the "short magnums" as dangerous game rifles however.

1) They usually can hold one less round than your other options which can be the difference between life and death on these hunts. 2) Since the powder column is shorter, you usually lose velocity with the heavier bullet options for the respective caliber; say 220 grain for the 300 WSM

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