Hornady SST Slugs are your friend here.
Can a bear skull stop a bullet?
Since the spinal cord is so small, it makes sense to aim at the brain. But bears have thick, strong skulls shotgun slugs or even rifle bullets may not penetrate.
Can you shoot a bear in the head?
The brain, to many, is unexpectedly low and narrow. It is easy to shoot a bear in the head and miss the brain. ... It is easy to shoot a bear between the eyes and miss the brain if you are a little bit above the mark. There is quite a bit of fur, skin, muscle, and fat surrounding a bear's skull.
I worked in a beef packing plant that used compressed air and a "knocking gun" to put down the cattle. This is a hand held unit (both hands, mind you) similar to a roofing nail gun in which when the end out the unit was depressed on a surface (in this case, the livestocks forehead) a 6 inch bolt would penetrate the skull. In rare cases (all of them older bulls) the bolt would not penetrate the skull and a .410 slug was used at close range to knock down the animal. This never failed. The gun was hanging on the wll in the knocking box at all times.
There is no way a bears skull is thicker or stronger than a bull.
Can a bullet deflect off a bears skull..............sure. Anything is possible.
Is it likely..................No.
our typical black bear skull at its thickest point is less than 1/4 inch thick. There is actually a point on the top of the skull, well back from the eyes, that when the skull is dried you can actually see light throught it.
A polar bear's skull is around four inches thick.
Will it go through that aluminum if it is angled at 30 degrees, like a bear skull?A 12GA full power lead slug will go through a 1/2" of 6061 T6 Aluminum, I doubt it will bounce off anything a bear can put up.
Only if you are hitting it square on from the front. It does not always glance but it "can" . With a slug from a 12 a chest hit will drop it fast. If you can hit it in the head from the side there would be little of the head left and it will of course drop right there in it's tracks.That is super interesting, I would really have not considered a bear head to be "deflect a slug" hard, but it makes a lot of sense. When I was first learning to hunt I shot a deer, and when I approached her she sat up. I tried to shoot it in the head, but I was zeroed at 100 yards with a scoped slug gun (rifled/sabbot), and we all know where this is going. Needless to say I remember and feel guilty about it 15 years later, and have never taken a head shot since, it was horrible.
Give ODFW another call and ask if you can use hounds to tree it. They allow hounds on problem cougar in some counties.Greetings...
Long story short I have permission to hunt a problem bear on a local farm. The owner is not a fan of hunting, but did not like the idea of ODFW euthanizing the bear. He opted to let me shoot the bear, and I am going to share the meat with some of the guys that live and work the farm. I am trying to do this in a way to avoid disturbing the neighbors and the folks who live on the farm. The plan is to go out there with a couple game cams and try and pin down the trail he is walking on, and hopefully get back and away from the buildings. That being said they have a tower in the garden just adjacent to the compost he has been getting into, so i can always sit in that. I have the whole gamete of tools; iron sight 30-06, scoped 7mm, a bow, a shotgun with slugs, and even a scoped .223 with bonded 62 grains (head shot?).
Any good tips on dispatching a bear as quietly and quickly as possible?
Yep. Look at impact angle of the shot relative to the orientation of the bear's flat forehead. Too low of an impact angle and the round can "skip" off the skull similar to what happens when you shoot at a body of water.But even so, a slug may bounce off the front of the skull.... don't do it.
There are times and predicaments in one's life that one finds it necessary to invoke a relatively reliable rule:Don't call ODFW they don't know what's legal. Call the OSP game division for the right info.
Mag, not Mauser Please!use a 7mm