Guys, that huge bear thats posted here under "HUGE NJ BEAR-BLAIR CREEK (pic)" take a look at it. I sent the pictures to the outfitter I use in Canada, he told me on the low end that bear is 700lbs., but he really thinks more like 750lbs to 775lbs, and thats huge !!!!
So heres the question: You see this bear broadside at 50yds or 75yds. you fire one slug, you hit him what type of damage you think would be done, how long will it take for him to die, how far does he go? I know he will die, just remember that he is huge, thick with lots of fat, fur, big bones, and he will be pissed off when that slug strikes him.
The hounds have it backed up to a tree Bawlin & pulling hair off it's hips. Because a bear that size doesn't climb, I'd walk in & put a 20ga. slug in it's skull. Sorry guys I only hunt bears with dogs LOL
IF it's a lung hit I say 75-100 yds before dying. Hell I have a vid of a guy killing a 1200 lb Kodiac at 15 yds with a bow, Bear went 100 yds I think. I would use Buckhammer slugs on hm though, There 1 1/4 oz vs regular slugs that are just 1 oz. I think I'd soil myself before I got a shot off. I don't think my little 10 mm would do much damage to him either.
In my opinion, I'd rather put an arrow through him. I have more confidence in an arrow than I do a slug on bears. Im sure he'd go down fast with an arrow. Probably wouldnt even know what happened, would start to walk off, and collapse. Or maybe run off and collapse within 50 yards.[up] Bears, even big ones, arent that tough to kill from everything Ive seen and heard from hardcore bearhunters. Take out the pumphouse, and they are done!
I do know one thing for sure, I wouldnt get a pass-through, and its funny to think you could actually lose your arrow inside of him with a broadside shot! He HAS to be wider than a 28" arrow! OMG...
Gives me the chills just thinking about running into that brute in the dark. Oh, and remember, Im in those woods with Kris, so we may actually have to find out what happens if he decides to get too "playful". I have a feeling the bear-proof garbage can wouldnt help in that situation.[down]
Matty, I agree with you about the arrow. My biggest bear was 300lbs. the shot was 15yds. I had a p [no swearing please] thru, it was quarting away. I also agree the arrow on this 750lb stud wouldn't go thru, nither would a slug, but GOD I WISH I CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO TRY THIS YEAR[up]
I shoot a 16 gauge 2 3/4 and I would normally agree about the boiler maker comments above ...but this is not a normal bear ...this guy has a dense/heavy layer of blub not seen on bears under 400lbs ...and bear back blub is alot like that of a pig ...pretty tough stuff ...I am questioning my load's ability to penetrate to the good stuff ...however, I do think the modern 3-3 1/2" 12 gauge loads should get it done w/ easy
I guess it's like the movie Jaws ..."you're going to need a bigger boat" ...going to need the 12 gauge
More than any other, I would luv the opportunity to drop an arrow into his pumphouse
A well placed slug can drop that bear in its tracks and a well placed arrow can have that bear piled up within 50 yards. I have been on 6 bear hunts and the bow shot bear typically only go 50 yards...That is one HUGE Bear..I hope his cousin walks by my stand next year in Maine...