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What do you hunters think is the best round for hunting MT. Lions?

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Location: Alabama
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I don't know about MT. Lions but a .30-06 works great for bobcats.

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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The most common situation that you will see when shooting a lion is very close range in a tree or up on a rock outcropping,a lion is not an overly tough animal to kill.I have seen them shot with 30-30,357 mag,44 mag and a 45 long colt so it does not take a high power rifle unless you plan on hunting them without dogs,in that case i would take a flatshooting rifle like a 300 or 7 mag because you wont get very close to them in most cases.

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Location: Utah
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Welcome to the Big Game Hunt Forum!

Mountain Lions are king of the forest and extremely dangerous!

Most ammo manufactures (i.e. Federal) recommend "375 Magnums" for hunting dangerous Mountain Lions. Reason being is that - while a lesser caliber can kill the beast - during that time you can be eatin' alive several times over before it dies.

I'd be extremely cautious if using 7mm or 300 Magnums on this animal and only then at longer distances with QUICK follow-up shots. I would never use a handgun caliber on them, especially as a primary weapon.

The BEST caliber is one that will put the animal DRT (Dead Right There); not one that allows him to do damage after the shot.

Again, you can never be too careful when hunting this dangerous critter and those who have the funds to do it will more than likely want to have the best equipment for their safety.

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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We hunt cats with hounds every winter and I have never seen one act aggresive towards the hunters they are concerned about the 8-14 dogs nippin at thier ass not a person standing 30 yards away.The longest shot you will have when hunting with hounds is the length of the tallest tree in that area and they usually go to the first big branch and turn around to watch the dogs.All a big mag rifle is gonna do is put a big hole in your rug,I think a 25-06 would make a great cat gun if you are hunting with dogs.i know plenty of cat hunters and dog handlers and I have never heard of one of them being harmed by a lion,its the dogs you have to worry about,they get cut and somtimes killed every year.A large majority of hound hunters hunt with a bow,a handgun or a thompson Contender in a smaller caliber around here,its a pain in the ass to pack a ful length rifle while chasing hounds in snow that could take ALL day to tree the cat. Thumbs up

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Location: Utah
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There are cats and then there are Mountain Lions. Laugh

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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the one we got last year weighed 187 pounds,not the heviest i have seen killed,I think that qualifys him as a lion. neener!

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I have a 300win mag and I guess thats the best for the way I plan to hunt them

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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If you go on a hunt with dogs you may want to switch to a very low power scope or even open sights as your shot will probably be very close.

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How's everyone doing. I have guided many lion hunters, and I have seen everything from a 22 mag to a 375 used to kill lions. The lion shot with the 22 mag to this day is just as dead as the one shot with the 375. I don't know how you are hunting, (calling, hounds, etc.) but in my experience, and I do follow hounds, I can tell you my preference. I would choose about any centerfire handgun that I felt that I could shoot good. I like handguns, because they are alot easier to tote around when you are walking. And walking is always a given. If I was going to shoot a lion I'd carry a 357 and the reason is, I have one. Other than that , if I had a 44 or a 45 auto, or a 40 s&w , I'd feel comfortable with any of them. Use whatever you want and can shoot, it will work fine.

L. Sorenson

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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I have seen one taken with a 357 and we had to go up the tree to get him down,he didnt move a muscle just dropped right on the limb. Thumbs up

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