I was watching the Outdoor Life Network station yesterday and they had a show about bear hunting which took place in Alaska. So these were no little bears, they were the real thing and weighed over 1,000lbs. One fellow was bow hunting with a guide who had a rifle for a back up. He fired one arrow at 29 yards. The bear looked like he was stung by a bee, went around in a circle a few times, tried to walk away and fell dead. The next 15 minute segment showed a hunter with a rifle, I believe, chambered for a 300 Win Magnum. He fired once and broke the back of the bear and the hunter had to fire a second time to kill it. I believe they said he was about 80 to 90 yards away from the target. Two shots with a firearm, one shot with an arrow. Very Interesting. I guess that this would present some interesting discussion considering the power of the bullets fired versus the volocity and stopping power of the arrow which by the way went clear through the bear. I do not know the answers, but I would think that many questions arise concerning the value of heavy calibers such as the S&W 500, the 454 Casul, the 460, the 480 Ruger and many other magnum rifle calibers. In this case, perhaps, the good "ole" 30-06 would have also done just fine on that bear. One could only speculate. While fly fishing in Northern New Mexico, I had to drop a 400lb. black bear because he thought he would prefer me instead of trout. It took two rounds of high velocity 44 magnum fired at 35ft and 20ft to take him completely down. An autopsy, performed by the Forest Service, showed that this bear had a brain tumor which made him overly aggressive. I was chastised by my fellows that I should have been carrying a 454 Super Redhawk instead of a mellow 44 magnum. I guess that I am very impressed what the single arrow did at 29 yards from an experience bow hunter. I would like to hear some follow up opinions on this especially if you saw the same TV show.