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Cougar caliber
« on: November 23, 2016, 03:58:48 PM »
I have heard a few discussions on this.What would be a good caliber for cougar,That would do min. damage to meat and pelt but still provide a clean kill?
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2016, 04:00:30 PM »
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2016, 04:01:10 PM »
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2016, 04:04:31 PM »
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2016, 04:05:12 PM »
.357 Magnum lever gun? :dunno:
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2016, 04:12:55 PM »
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2016, 04:38:41 PM »
.218 bee
Really?  :yeah: I take it with the replies so far the cougar is a pretty thin skinned animal to take.So with these replies i will use the .556 and will be fine. Thanks for the replies.
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2016, 04:54:01 PM »
223/556 is a great cal. If your useing softpoints that's what in during for coyote,couger,ect.I even think it should be able to use it on deer,other states it is a proven deer cal.
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2016, 04:57:05 PM »
kills the heck out of humans, seems logical
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2016, 05:05:29 PM »
I reload with Sierra Game Kings use them on coyotes so it should be fine.Thanks
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2016, 05:17:41 PM »
I have had good luck with hornady softpoints ,55 gr. Go in 22 size come out about the size of a quarter.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2016, 05:45:59 PM »
.218 bee
Really?  :yeah: I take it with the replies so far the cougar is a pretty thin skinned animal to take.So with these replies i will use the .556 and will be fine. Thanks for the replies.

I thought I'd throw an odd one out there.

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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2016, 05:48:45 PM »
.218 bee
Really?  :yeah: I take it with the replies so far the cougar is a pretty thin skinned animal to take.So with these replies i will use the .556 and will be fine. Thanks for the replies.

I thought I'd throw an odd one out there.
Fireball lol Ill leave it open to interpretation
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2016, 05:49:25 PM »
 lol. Yep odd is understatement.If you wanted to say anything from the weakest on up you have done it. lmao.
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2016, 09:24:52 PM »
 :dunno: Shot my cat at 80Yards broadside, .280 with factory 140g. PSP, bullseye front shoulder, dropped in tracks, found bullet on exit side between meat and n hide. Kittys can be tough critters. Same combo/distance will blow a hole right through a mulie buck. 

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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2016, 09:42:23 PM »
.218 bee

Look at that, you're recommending the minimalist approach to cartridge selection! :rolleyes:

The 219 zipper is a reasonable minimum. :twocents:

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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2016, 09:56:39 PM »
308 worked perfect for me.

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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2016, 06:11:33 AM »
.223 worked for me
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2016, 06:37:32 AM »


    Triple Deuce would be a choice as well

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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2016, 06:41:26 AM »
.218 bee

Look at that, you're recommending the minimalist approach to cartridge selection! :rolleyes:

The 219 zipper is a reasonable minimum. :twocents:

Well if you are going to go that far then why not .219 Donaldson wasp?


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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2016, 06:46:27 AM »
.218 bee

Look at that, you're recommending the minimalist approach to cartridge selection! :rolleyes:

The 219 zipper is a reasonable minimum. :twocents:

Well if you are going to go that far then why not .219 Donaldson wasp?

Then let's not forget the 225 Winchester also

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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2016, 06:56:57 AM »
.218 bee

Look at that, you're recommending the minimalist approach to cartridge selection! :rolleyes:

The 219 zipper is a reasonable minimum. :twocents:

Well if you are going to go that far then why not .219 Donaldson wasp?

Then let's not forget the 225 Winchester also

It's tough on fur, but if anyone is looking for ammunition.

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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #22 on: November 24, 2016, 07:21:45 AM »
Cougar are pretty easy to kill, I've seen them shot with 22 long rifle and 22 mags. But if you are calling or stalking I would use a little more gun than if I was shooting a cat bayed up by hounds. I would figure .223 minimum if boot hunting for a cougar, any deer rifle is going to do a good job, but leave the ultramags and such home, there's simply no reason to give your taxidermist's a bigger hole to sew up! Good luck, a cougar makes a fascinating mount!
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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2016, 07:53:46 AM »
Any of the 6 or 6.5mms would be a good choice with the added benefit of being legal for big game.  Just alter the bullet used.  Shot mine with .260 Remington and 100gr a-max.  Small entry, no exit, made a mess of the hear/lung area.

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Re: Cougar caliber
« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2016, 08:09:09 PM »
Don't forget if you are in Washington anything under a .22 center fire would not be legal to kill a cougar with, and they will ask you when you get it sealed. Page 85 of your regs. That would mean the .22 lr and .22 mag are not legal along with the .218 and .219.

 

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