Originally Posted by Zhurh
Highboy, we've shot several bear over 300 lbs with 6.8; 110 vmax. Mine were going 2700 on the chrono. All shots were well placed shooting from stand over barrel. Only one grizz was shot around our house this fall, with a 30-30 to boot. One local girl that uses my stand from time to time has shot a bunch of bear with her 270; they drop on the spot. Indians down Ft Yukon got a sow polar bear with 223 fmjs a couple years back; but it was only 400 lber.
All the moose, caribou, bear and wolves we've shot; only the wolves got away from time to time, in fact; deer back east seemed tougher than just about anything; had a few get away over the years.
I get what your saying. I am not saying it can't be done with a .243, I just think 85gr. is taking a chance. Can it be done? Absolutely, but I would prefer a 100gr. Also, it is all about shot placement. I think the 110gr vmax is fine and as for the 30-30 and .270, those are great calibers. I have a .243 and if I was packing it and all I had was a 85gr round, then I would be hard pressed not to go for it. But if I knew I was possibly going to be running across a bear I would choose to go with the gr for the .243. If the op goes for the bear with the 85gr bullet I applaud him for trying and hope he gets a big one.
Thanks for the info Zurch.