What kind of bear hunting is your friend going to do? (1)Kill a bear over bait or with hounds at 20 yards or (2)hunt the edges of apple orchards and corn fields. If (1) is his method then the 170 grain bullets will be perfect. If (2) is his method then a 30-06 or 7 mm Mag should be the absolute smallest rounds used. Here in NC there are bears killed every year from 125 pounds all the way up to 700 pounds. (Yes they are documented)He has to ask himself is he willing to watch a big one walk away. My next door neighbor is a bear hunting fanatic and he will not use anything under a 300 Win. Mag.
[This message has been edited by CapeFear (edited August 06, 1999).]