I will be hunting Mountain Goat with Whiteswan Lake Outfitters in the Kootenays northeast of Cranbrook, BC this October. If successful, I plan to do a full body mount. I have come across a couple of issues in deciding which rifle/bullet to bring. A Mountain Goat Cape is a much a trophy as the Horns and I do not want to have to much power that I destroy it with a excessive exit wound. On the same note, I do not want to be too light on caliber where a Goat dying slowly gets in some rough terrain and falls breaking the Horns.
I am leaning toward using my Nosler 48 Sporter .260 with a 140 grain Nosler Partition Bullet. Obviously, shot placement is everything. But, the variables with wind and elevation on these extreme type hunts bring in situations that tend to be out of the most experienced hunters control. Has anyone else had success with lighter calibers?