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Best Round for Bobcat Hunting #7131481 04/03/18 07:01 PM
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I found this guy making his rounds on a new lease I just signed. What in your opinion is the best round to take him and have him stuffed at the taxidermist? I have a 17 hmr, a 204 ruger, and a 22-250......






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Re: Best Round for Bobcat Hunting [Re: Abe77901] #7131514 04/03/18 07:33 PM
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My vote is the 204. I have seen too many varmints run off after being hit with the 17. Im not wanting to start any arguments about how great the 17 is, just stating from my experience. I have used the 204 on coyotes, silver fox in Kodiak, and bobcats and they have all dropped in their tracks.

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I would use a 22-250 and put the exit hole on the wall side
don't cheap out on the taxidermist

Re: Best Round for Bobcat Hunting [Re: Abe77901] #7131621 04/03/18 09:25 PM
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Of those listed 204 or 22-250 unless you can be real close. My favorite bobcat and coyote round is a 47 but that one being the 17 Remington

Re: Best Round for Bobcat Hunting [Re: Abe77901] #7131810 04/04/18 12:48 AM
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The bullet is more important than the caliber. You don't want to mess up the hide with too much bullet expansion. Its not that
difficult to kill one with a well placed bullet.



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.22 Mag is hard to beat if you want minimal pelt damage. I have killed a truck load of them with a .22 long rifle but that was when my dogs had them in a tree.
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My 2cents Out of the three, .204. Like Kmon, my .17 Remington is hard to beat for dumping it's energy internally.


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Re: Best Round for Bobcat Hunting [Re: Abe77901] #7132358 04/04/18 05:23 PM
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Hope you're going to wait for a nice coat next winter, pick a good taxi. Google bad bobcat mounts and be prepared.

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.17HMR, mine is dialed in at 100 yds to where you can cover a 5 shot group with a quarter.


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Were it me an I was planning on mounting it a carefully placed 17 HMR would be my choice. 17 WSM would be better.


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Originally Posted By: HWY_MAN
Were it me an I was planning on mounting it a carefully placed 17 HMR would be my choice. 17 WSM would be better.


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Of those choices the 204 with proper bullet has highest percentage of getting you what you want.
No1 dead bobcat
No2. Minimal pelt damage

I would not attempt to shoot it until next December so the fur is decent.


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If you have a shotgun I'd go that route.
#4 buckshot.

If you don't have a shotgun I'd go with 22-250 right to the shoulder or if facing you, right in the chest.

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From personal experience, but not on a lot of bobcats, the 60 gr Partition didnít make a big exit hole. Another bullet I use, but only on coyotes, is the Nosler 40 gr Ballistic Tip. Exits havenít been large, but on a smaller varmint like a bobcat, I donít know what would happen.


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Have shot several over the years, with everything from a bow to a .300 Win Mag.

I do not recommend going the Win Mag route if you want to mount it...

Of the three mentioned, I would go with the .17 HMR and good bullets.

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