I hunt predators (coyotes,bobcats) with my Olympic arms M4 carbine topped with a red dot scope. I have always used the good old 55 gr. FMJ, I find that it does plenty of damage, because its a light, fast moving, tumbling round. When it hits the target it doesn't fly straight through, it starts to tumble nose to tail as it goes through the body cavity. They also dont damage the pelts too badly, unless you hit something in the shoulder at a closer range. The one Bobcat I have shot with mine got destroyed after I unloaded a 10 round clip on it (got a little trigger happy) after it came sneaking in to the call and just about jumped right in to my lap.
With a 1 in 9" twist you're going to want a little longer bullet. I'd go with the 55 or 60 grain hornady v-max. I really like the 40 grain but that really won't work well with that fast of a twist. You'll get an exit with the bigger bullets, but they wont get away. The knock down power in a v max is something to behold. You could try smaller bullets if they're not loaded too hot. A bobcat hide is too precious to waste so if you could go without an exit that would be ideal.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...