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Old 11-17-2012, 02:10 PM
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17 HMR or 22 MAG for bobcat

I am thinking about get a 17 HMR or a 22 Mag in a browning t bolt for hunting bobcats and coyote which one is the better caliber
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:23 PM
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Re: 17 HMR or 22 MAG for bobcat

We kill mountain lions with both close up. I used the 17 on a 140 lb male. and it did wel with a good shot placement behind the front shoulder. If you are getting close the 17 will do fine, but if you feel the need the 22 mag will go a little farther. Both are light for the job and shot placement is key.

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Old 11-18-2012, 04:36 PM
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Re: 17 HMR or 22 MAG for bobcat

I know a couple ppl that use a 17hmr but keep shots close with either caliber. Head shots will drop them in most any caliber. I've seen a few shot with a 22mag that died rather quick but shot placement is key, if your shooting for behind the shoulder keep them close I'd say inside 100yd you should be ok. Is there any particular reason you want to go with such a light caliber? On foxes either would work just fine but on big fat yotes like are in my area i want a lil more gun, 223 with 55gn hp work great.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:07 PM
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Re: 17 HMR or 22 MAG for bobcat

I've lost 3 coyotes with my 17 from 60-140 yards (all chest shots through) and I'm gonna say that bobcats are at least as tough so I'd stay away from it. Unless you shoot the 20 gr FMJ's, which actually act more like a big game bullet. The yotes I've seen shot with the 22 mag died on the spot.
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Re: 17 HMR or 22 MAG for bobcat

17HMR has taken care of several pests out in the country from squirrles to coyotes at 139yds. Cant go wrong witht he 20 grainers.
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Re: 17 HMR or 22 MAG for bobcat

i will mostly be hunting with this rifle a night and a .223 is to loud for where i will be hunting
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Re: 17 HMR or 22 MAG for bobcat

Bobcats are worth some good money, I would hit them with the 17 I think. I've shot a couple in traps with a 17 HMR with zero pelt damage and quick kills, cats kill easy IMO as long as you have a bullet that will open up on them.
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