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1st Cat Hunt

Hey fella's, my friend is a guide for Mountain Lions and Bobact's in Southern Colorado.  He recently invited me on a hunt which will be my first cat hunt.  I want to use my .357 mag.  Any thought's as to what bullet to use, or would any bullet be fine?  I have some 158 gr. Sierra Pro-Hunters (flat point) and some 158 gr. Oregon Trail Laser Cast's.  Thanks

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Cats are not hard animals to

Cats are not hard animals to kill, and since you will quite possibly be shooting one out of a tree or off of a rock at a close range just about any bullet out of a .357 will do the job quite nicely. 

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i think cats can be pretty

i think cats can be pretty difficult to kill. but i think it's their body type. they do have thin skin and their vitals are large in their body and easy to hit.

i saw a mountian lion take a .270 bullet in the chest at a few paces, and it doubled over. but i think that a big cat can still travel a good distance after being hit. i'm not sure how similar to leopard the north american cats are, but leopards have a bad reputation for being aggressive after being shot.

 

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Like Critter said cats arent

Like Critter said cats arent the hardest animals to kill and most are taken at close range any bullet should do. when is your hunt? are you gonna be using dogs? keep us posted on how everything works out for you. I hope to get a cat one of these years. we cant use bait or dogs in oregon so its calling or spot and stalk.

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the other posters have given good advice.  You are likely to be shooting at short range but since you ARE dealing with something toothy, I'd recommend not going with .38s in your .357 magnum, but just about any full power 357magnum load ought to be sufficient to knock a mountain lion out of a tree for you.

 

Good hunting and please be sure to let us know how you make out! Photographs are a must!

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I'll definately be using full

I'll definately be using full loads with my .357.  Also, I am hoping to go in March.  My friend has dogs and he's been using them for some years.  He's taken quite a few cat's in southern colorado, I just hope the weather cooperates and snow's so we can get one.  He was telling me that on dry ground, it can be a rather lengthy hunt and I don't have a lot of time - 2 or 3 days.  If I get one, I'll post up some pic's.  thanks for the advice.  This is one hunt I've wanted for a long time.

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I took a nice lion back in 97

I took a nice lion back in 97 with a .45 Colt out of a 4" Smith&Wesson. Standard velocity 250gr hollowpoint.

Due to the low velocity the bullet was recovered on the far side with no expansion at all.

The cat died quickly but was not knocked out of the tree as hoped but left me climbing over thirty feet up to push him off the limb he was stuck on.

Anyway my point is I think any good .357 load is more than enough to get the job done.

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WOW!  Never thought about the

WOW!  Never thought about the cat NOT falling out of tree.  I guess maybe I'll use some XTP's - I'm sure that'll knock it down out of a tree.  Thanks.

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hutner25---Just be thankful

hutner25---Just be thankful that he wasn't up there on that limb playing possum on you, LOL!

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Believe me, I waited a very

Believe me, I waited a very long time to make sure that was not the case. One of these days soon I plan to scan all my old pictures so I can get them posted up.

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Get us some pics

Regardless of what you use, post us up some pictures when you get him.

Good luck! 

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