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Mountain Goat Caliber/Bullet

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?

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If your using a good

If your using a good controlled expansion bullet such as the partition, or my favorite the Barnes triple shock you should never end up with a huge exit hole.

Even with other bullets it should not be a problem as a goats hair is so thick and long I don't think there is anything that couldn't be fixed.

I've sown up some coyotes myself with huge hole and you could never tell where it was.

I would use the most effective caliber for the animal and conditions you expect to be hunting in and not worry to much.

A good taxidermist can fix just about anything.

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the one goat hunt i have been

the one goat hunt i have been on. the goat was shot with a .30-06.  The hole in the hide from the bullet was not a concern.  It was the 2500 foot slide down the avalanche path that did the damage to the hide. 

I would be more concerned on anchoring him where you shoot him and let the taxidermist due there job.  Nasty falls in goat country are just that.

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thats the least of your problems...

tim wrote:

the one goat hunt i have been on. the goat was shot with a .30-06.  The hole in the hide from the bullet was not a concern.  It was the 2500 foot slide down the avalanche path that did the damage to the hide. 

I would be more concerned on anchoring him where you shoot him and let the taxidermist due there job.  Nasty falls in goat country are just that.

Being from the prairie I've never hunted Goat either, but from what I've heard I think Tim has it bang on. 

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TOUGH TOUGH ANIMAL!!!

I place 3 shots within 4 inches of each other in the lung and they never penetrated to the second lung.  Used a Nosler Sporter 48, .260 with 125 Grain Bullet.

"Billy" Measured 11 inches with 5 5/8" Bases.  13 1/2 Years old weighing over 300 pounds.

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awesome job.  do you remember

awesome job.  do you remember what unit you got him in?  how was the access and the was the outfitter?  I am a gear nut so i would love if you put a list of any equipment use on here.  Tents boots packs, the whole works.  congrats again on a good billy

 

 

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