The closed hot precision forging process of a bevel gear with large cone angle was studied. According to the structure features of the bevel gear, two types of relief forging processes were proposed. First, simulations based on thermal-mechanical coupling finite element model were performed with Deform3D. Then the corresponding experiments were conducted and the results perfectly matched the simulation results. The advantages and deficiencies of two processes were discussed and a reliable basis for selecting the optimal process was proposed.