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What is the best round for shooting a cat to not tear it all up (wanting to get a mount)? Would a 17 HMR work, or get up to the 22 calibers?

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What distance?

I like a 12ga 45 yards and in. More I’d go with 22 mag and copper plated lead. 17hmr will do just fine but I have seen on some shots where it end ups blowing up on the body and messing up the pelt. It’s definitely not the norm but never seen a 22 mag as described do that.


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Originally Posted by jorge
What distance?

I like a 12ga 45 yards and in. More I’d go with 22 mag and copper plated lead. 17hmr will do just fine but I have seen on some shots where it end ups blowing up on the body and messing up the pelt. It’s definitely not the norm but never seen a 22 mag as described do that.


I guess distance could vary on my patience, lol. I haven't dedicated a hunt for bobcats, so I haven't really been able to study their habits, reactions to call, day time - night time, etc.

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We've always shot them with .223 and the mounts turn out great

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223 and 40 gr Nosler BTs didn’t tear em up. 220 with 55 gr NBTs did


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Originally Posted by jorge
What distance?

I like a 12ga 45 yards and in. More I’d go with 22 mag and copper plated lead. 17hmr will do just fine but I have seen on some shots where it end ups blowing up on the body and messing up the pelt. It’s definitely not the norm but never seen a 22 mag as described do that.


Good choices

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I shy away from 22 Mags and 17 HMR's.

Just a .223 with 55 or 60gr VMax bullets works great. Not torn up many bobcats with that load.

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17HMR, 22mag, 22TCM. All work just fine 0-100 yards. I can tell you with absolute certainty that a 30-06 and 178eldx is too much for 15 yards roflmao


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17 Remington is probably the best but the suggestion on a 223 with 60gr VMax was a good one.


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Originally Posted by DStroud
17 Remington is probably the best but the suggestion on a 223 with 60gr VMax was a good one.



17 Remington is my favorite for things like this and inside 300 yards is my favorite coyote rifle. Most have been just a bang flop.


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Thanks everyone. Good information by all

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I have killed lots of them with a .22 LR and even more with a .22 Mag but most of them were when the dogs had them treed. When calling, I use would recommend a .223 with Hornady Superformance 50 grain V Max ammo.
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I always have a 12 gauge with #4 buck on hand when calling cats, coyotes & fox for shots under 50 yards. I also carry a 22-250 with Winchester 45 GR JHP. Very fur friendly load. I would stay under 50 GR bullets IMHO, if you're worried about fur damage. I don't have much experience hunting with a 17, so I wouldn't know about those. I think when it comes to cats though, shot placement is key. Bobcats are tough little suckers... Good luck.

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.17 HMR with a 17gr. 'TNT' bullet will NOT exit and generally makes a small entrance hole as well. Keep shots under 125 yds. 50-100 yds being ideal. Stay OFF of the shoulder.

Cats are not hard to kill....so any small caliber round will do.


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223 with 40gr BNT has worked great for me as it doubles as a mediocre hog round too if I see them when calling. I've shot many foxes and cats with a 17hmr as well. Just keep your shots close if you can.

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17 Hornet up close 125yds and in, 204 40gr from near to far.

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If you can get close, say within 50 yards a .22 short. Or maybe a PCP airgun like a .257 caliber Airforce Texan shooting a 80 gr Hollow point.


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I shot a few w my 17 hmr

Works great

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Originally Posted by TonyWornick
What is the best round for shooting a cat to not tear it all up (wanting to get a mount)? Would a 17 HMR work, or get up to the 22 calibers?


Back in the 70's I used and old tube fed Marlin in 22 mag and rarely messed up a hid, I can only imagine the 17 HMR doing as well or better.


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