Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ryan olsen, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. ryan olsen

    ryan olsen Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    I'm having trouble blowing up bobcats with my model 788 22-250. Can any help me find a load and bullet that wont destroy them. I'm shooting 50-300 yards. thanks
  2. rost495

    rost495 Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2003
    Either use a heavy bullet and slow it down or pick up a box of FMJ, preferably not the military ball bullets with a cannelure. It would help if you loaded them down some also. If you shoot them fast and hit the shoulder, you will get secondary damage from frags. Though a cats hide is fairly tough, much more so that a fox or coyote basically. But beware if you get away from a destructive bullet it may not knock the cat down instantly.

    There is another option. You can pick a super fragile light bullet and drive it as fast as you can. In the hopes that it will poke a hole in and disentegrate and not exit. That depends that it won't blow a huge hole as it enters and that it won't exit. Works a bunch better on larger coyotes but depending on the size of cats I suspect it could work there too.

    If it were me I'd try the FMJ route. Went that way with a blunt nosed 55 from speer in my 22-250 on turkeys. Found that speed was still very destructive but once I downloaded to around 223 speeds or under it worked pretty good.

  3. Aussie

    Aussie Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2004
    Ryan ,
    Sounds like the perfect excuse to buy a .17 Remington . Almost all the pro fox shooters used them here when skins were worth good money .
    .22/250 is too much gun for consistent good skins I believe . /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif