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cougar loads

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by jakk280rem, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. jakk280rem

    jakk280rem Well-Known Member

    iwas going to post this in the reloading section, but i thought hunters might have a better handle on the question. i'm using a 260 rem to hunt cougar and was looking for any sugestion for bullet selection. the 140gr factory loads are to stout and do too much damage. any sugestions?
  2. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    Is .260 Rem a typo? I'll Assume you meant to type .280 Rem.
    and the 140 gr. is probably designed for whtietail, but it begs the
    question how can a bullet be too destrictive when dealing with
    a predator?

    In .357 Magnum I would use a
    Honrday XTP 180 gr. @ 1,225 FPS
  3. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    What makes you think it's a typo? .260 Rem is available with up to 160gr bullets, and as far as destructiveness, I wouldn't care for a rug with a huge bullet rip repair in it either.

    Jakk, I doubt if you're going to find a factory load that's really right, but I'd think that the 160 grain bullets, since they're made more for deep penetration on elk-size critters, might be more likely to pass through without much expansion than lighter, faster bullets. Of course, you could use the lack of suitable factory rounds to justify that reloading setup...
  4. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    That's probably the right line of thinking.:)
  5. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    I haven't kept up with the newer long gun rounds and in the last
    two years got back into Hand guns ... thanks learned sumpin
    today but yeah the heavier bullet will be less
    destructuve to the pelt

    I sometimes 'hunt' heh heh the two legged female Cougars
    around here, bagged a few over the years....

  6. K.L.O.sako

    K.L.O.sako Well-Known Member

    there are 120gr. loads at about 2900 fps for the .260 rem. if you reload, why not get some 120 barnes x's or solids of some sort. they should pencil right through a cat.
  7. jakk280rem

    jakk280rem Well-Known Member

    no blindjustice, 260 rem in not a typo. i use 280 rem for elk and bear and my 260 rem for deer and smaller. perhaps i should have asked the right question. would i want a highly expancive lighter bullet or a big low expansion bullet to "pencil through". and i could also look at the lack of suitable factory ammo as an excuse to purchase a new rifle. maybe a 243 or 22-250 or....
  8. koja48

    koja48 member

    excuse to purchase a new rifle . . .

    I gotta respect a shrewd man! Heavier if you use the .260 & want a rug. The few I harvested were taken with a .357 & one with a .223 . . . all were quick, clean kills.
  9. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    Hey Koja48 - I'd like to buy yah a beverage after a session at
    the indoor range at Lewiston sometime.
  10. sumpnz

    sumpnz Well-Known Member

    Well, my CZ 550 in 6.5x55 (a ballistic sibling of the .260) shoots 120gr Cor-lokt's really well with a light, 40.0gr charge of IMR4831. I haven't chrono'd that load, but I'd guess it's only around 2500fps or so. The same charge in your .260 should give 2600ish. Step the bullet up to 140gr and back off a touch on the powder, and you could get a nice light shooting load at around 24-2500fps. Good chance of no exit wound, unless you're pretty close, and if there is it shouldn't be too bad on the pelt. A tumbling solid would be at least as bad for the pelt on the exit.
  11. koja48

    koja48 member

    Hey Koja48

    I may take you up on that if I ever get over that way . . . I'm in the TriCities, but coyote safaris take me all over the state (s).

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