Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?
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    Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    I figure mountain lions are not huge animals and should be fine with deer bullets. I'm using rem 300 gr hp and rem 405gr bullets right now. I figured either of these would work for mountain lion.
    Which do you think would have a better effect on them
    the 300gr at about 1800 fps or the 405 gr at about the same velocity?

    my thinking is the mountain lion is not huge and is soft skinned and so the 300 gr hp might have better shock value to the animal vs the 405 gr drilling a smaller hole through?

    What do you think?
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    Re: Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    You hit a 120-130 lb. cat with either one from a 45-70, its gonna upend his world .

    That being said, I'd probably go with the 300 gr.ers. Slightly flatter shooting, and will prolly mushroom quicker if you don' hit bone of some sort.

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    Re: Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    If it makes a difference, the 1876 and 1886 Winchesters sold to Africa and India for lion/tiger hunting were generally chambered in .50-95 and .50-110WCF.

    They both took 300 gr HP bullets...

    Either would do the job, but I think the 300gr HPs would be a better choice for reasons already mentioned.

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    Re: Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    originally my favorite bullet was the 350 hornady FP, but they are hard to find.

    Do you think pushing the rem hp to 1900 fps is too fast? I have an accurate load at about that velocity
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    Re: Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    it might be. The 350 gr. hornady is a stout bullet, as is my preferred 300 gr.er, the 300 gr. nosler. If you know its not over 1900[chrono'd out of your gun], you will probably be alright, but the remmie is somewhat of a soft bullet.

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    Re: Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    I've had three deer killed and eaten within 100 yards of my front door by cats. This year they got three new born calves and a yearling across the highway. I'm comfortable with my 1911 loaded with 230 grain Speer hollow points. The flashlight after dark is mandatory. More than likely they would ambush you from behind and you would never have a chance to unlimber a rifle. If I ever get attacked and survive, I will post a range report!! Best regards. Wind

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    Re: Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    Old Dale Bond (Ramah, NM) mostly killed the medium-sized NM cats with a Rossi levergun in 357 with any cartridges he had handy. Your house dog is your best protection - a barking dog will run them out or, better still, up a tree, in a heartbeat.

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    Re: Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    Your house dog is protection only if it's a big one. Small dogs and house cats are supper for mountain lions. My brother watched a big mountain lion freeze and wait for his sheltie to run yapping within reach. At the last minute the sheltie realized what he was trying to chase and did a cartoon dog imitation, burning back to the house. The local warden, a lion expert, said that was behavior lions exhibit when they're licking their chops!

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    Re: Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    yeah, I'm sure the lion could be in mid air or on me before I notice, but it is still more comforting to have a gun. This is mainly for when I'm wandering through the woods. My residence is in town
    A local guy here got attacked a few years ago coming off the lake from ice fishing. He ended up on his back and kicked and swung his arms as fast and frantic as he could and got out with a bunch of cuts on his face and body. Not common, but I feel better with something. a knife might be better if the cat would already be on top of me.
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    Re: Which bullet for mountain lion protection only?

    Have you considered carrying a shotgun? Loaded with heavy shot they are a fearsome weapon even more so in close range like the situation you are talking about would be. Just a thought.


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