I have a friend that cougar hunts and it looks like I might be able to go up and hunt with him this year. I am looking for the preferred cartridge form some of you who hunt cougar. We will be hunting spot and stalk.
Thanks in advanced.
Spot and stalk is a tough way to do the cougar thing. Shooting one out of a tree is a bunch different than having an unknown distance, angle, wind, etc.
I'd pick whatever rifle you would use for a yote sized animal but with a bullet that held together a bit to avoid severe hide damage. One of the solid copper bullets that sheds or not sheds its petals should work fine.
I've used the Lost River J-36 # 3200 fps on yotes at distances from 40 yds to way-out-there with great success in a 270 Win. Exit hole never any larger than a quarter when shot through the rib cage.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!
Buddy of mine uses his Ruger MK 2 hunter that shoots 22 LR.
Both of us are wanting a 10/22 mag, lots of pop and pterry light really. Another friend that does control hunts uses a 204 Ruger but I have not seen any of the holes made by that round, might be big might be small.
Whatever you get, make it light.....you will probably end up chasing the cat a ways.
Thanks guys, I have been wanting to build a 204 ruger but I think all the bullets will cause too much damage. I might have to look into the 135 berger. anyway
It sounds like my swift will be just the ticket. I just wasn't too sure how tough the ole cats are as this would be my first venture for cougar.
My friend uses a 270 but he is a two gun man 270 and 338 and he doesn't have any want for another gun. Every year he sends me a list of the ammo he wants with fired brass and I put it together . I asked if he would like me to show him how to load and he said nope . He is a hunter through and through not particularly a gun nut.
A good way to hunt them is to find a fresh kill and predator call them. I would think to spot and stalk them would be damn near impossible. They are pretty elusive. We have been fortunate to take one and see three in the last couple of years. We have way to many around here and they are putting a hurt on the deer population. I wish they would let poeple hunt them with dogs again in Oregon. It would put more venison on my plate instead of a cats belly!