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What is the ideal caliber for Feral Cats?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MeekandMild, May 2, 2003.


What is the ideal caliber(s) for humane disposal of Feral Cats.

  1. .17 or .22 cal air rifle

    5 vote(s)
  2. .17 rimfire magnum (my personal favorite)

    11 vote(s)
  3. 5.5 Velo Dog or .22 CB

    2 vote(s)
  4. .22 short, long, long rifle or magnum

    54 vote(s)
  5. .218 Bee through 270 WSM

    14 vote(s)
  6. .280 through .300 magnum

    6 vote(s)
  7. .25, .32 or .380

    2 vote(s)
  8. .338 Lapua, .50 BMG

    19 vote(s)
  9. .38, 9mm., 357 sig or .40 S&W

    8 vote(s)
  10. .44 or .45

    7 vote(s)
  11. 20 gauge

    13 vote(s)
  12. 12 gauge

    29 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. MeekandMild

    MeekandMild Well-Known Member

    What is the ideal caliber for Feral Cats?

    (I've got to admit the .17 rimfire magnum is only my favorite because the 5.5 Velo Dog isn't avaialble any more!)
  2. JasonPT145

    JasonPT145 Member

    I have had good luck in the past with a single shot 20. Of course this was before the "nazi neighbors" decided to build ahouse behind us, and call the cops every time they heard a loud bang :cuss:
  3. Hypnogator

    Hypnogator Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a fine use for the ol' .25-20 to me!;)
  4. CZ-75

    CZ-75 member

    .50BMG, of course.
  5. Benjamin

    Benjamin Well-Known Member

    For some reason, when I was growing up my dad had some really small .22 rimfire cartridges he called 'cat bullets'. It was a few years until I learned about CB caps... but I'm told that they work well.
  6. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Misty. Feral cats oughta be misty.

    Ergo, to wit and therefore, a .220 Swift or a .243 is just the thing for the creation of mistiness!

    I haven't meddled with the load for a number of years, but you can swage an 80-grain flat nosed .32-20 bullet down to .308 and seat it ahead of way too much 3031 in an '06 and create mistiness, as well.

    :D, Art
  7. sm

    sm member

    Note to self:

    #1, Misty or mistiness = feral cat + firearm
    #2, Sail cat = feral cat + 18 wheeler/train*

    Now I know what I did using an '06...that'd be #1
    I learned about #2 at an early age. Don't ask.

    Thanks Art

    *sail cat: a cat smashed flat from a semi or train...one can "sail" it across the highway or tracks
  8. Smoke

    Smoke Well-Known Member

    I beleive Art is absolutely right.

    I can't think of a thing to add...
  9. bedlamite

    bedlamite Well-Known Member

    I gotta agree with CZ-75 on this one.
  10. geekay

    geekay Well-Known Member

    All of the above calibres. Have hit one @ 150 yards with a 150gn 303 @ 2530fps that just fell over without an exit wound compared with another @ 100yards with a 55gn 223 @ 3170fps that done spectacular cartwheels and giant leaps. Feral cat shooting is something like F.Gumps "box of chocolates", you never know what you're going to get but it will be different.
  11. Matt1911

    Matt1911 Well-Known Member

    Its farm country 'round here,and we use 223's for coy-dogs,coyotes and cats,mainly because the cats,like coyotes,are wary and do not let you get very close,if they do,its a pet.
    Also works well for ground hogs and the occasional chicken:what:
  12. coonan357

    coonan357 Well-Known Member

    158 gr .357 mag Handloaded Golddot with blue dot out of a ruger gp161 is the cat dispatcher here . out of the back window on the second floor at 50 feet ol tom did a quad back flip and didn't land on his feet , the second tom did the twist and flopped . yes a little messy but gets the job done .. BTW beware of the muzzle flash it is bright at night ..
  13. A. Partisan

    A. Partisan Well-Known Member

    .308....Sierra 110gr HP + 53.2gr Win748
  14. atek3

    atek3 Well-Known Member

    thanks for making me laugh pretty hard :)
  15. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    In my battery, I would just use a .22LR/Magnum Single Six, Kimber .22, or a Mossy 20 Ga. I guess I haven't blasted that many cats in my day so I might be a little undergunned. Maybe I should use the .270 next time I shoot a feral cat?
  16. MPFreeman

    MPFreeman Well-Known Member

    Potato Gun. 1.5"

    Dog....most any caliber.

    Trashcan Trap....Lid falls when something jumps in can.
  17. DFBonnett

    DFBonnett Well-Known Member

    I've used .22LR with good results, but the 40gr. Federal .223 Blitz out of my Mini has produced some spectacular results. Almost like a detonation and very humane.
  18. redneck

    redneck Well-Known Member

    I voted for the .22 short to magnum cause its hard to ensure a clean kill with anything less. I've done it with a .177 air rifle before and it did quite nicely but mainly because of the accuracy (gamo 7.6 grain "hunter" pellet at roughly 1000fps, not a BB gun or anything)
    I really say use the biggest thing you can safely and without hurting your shoulder too much. After all you should feel good afterwards ;)
    The next time one shows up I may try the new .54 great plains rifle. Giant hunk of soft lead doing 2000 ft/sec should have nice results :D
  19. Kharn

    Kharn Well-Known Member

    Depends if you want to stuff Fluffy, or make sure no one can tell it was Fluffy. :evil:

  20. jdege

    jdege Well-Known Member

    .22 CB will kill a cat or a rat, but won't penetrate a barn wall.

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