Originally Posted by Snowhere
Back to the shotgun, it is a slow (relative) moving projectile that packs a ton of kinetic energy. You hit a bear in the shoulder with a 650 grain slug and that shoulder is gone. Bear falls over. Same with leg and the hole you will make in the side of the bear will be quite large.
Not quite so simple. Bear doesn't necessarily fall over, leaving all invoved to resume drinking and begin the enviable task of seeing if a bear skin can be made to hold air for the coolest looking duckie ever.
I've tracked deer for miles with fatal, knock-down 12 guage shotgun slug wounds. Seen heart shots keep going for 1-200 yards on what must have been adrenalyne alone. A three legged bear will not necessarily fall or lay down and die and is not something I'd want my family or friends to be near (w/in 2 miles).
Gun choice aside, it is still best to keep a clean camp and hope you never generate a first-hand response to this thread - for yourself or the next person at "your" camp site.