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Gun for wild cattle

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Rev. Chad, Feb 15, 2012.

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  1. Rev. Chad

    Rev. Chad Member

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    I saw a hunting show the other night and they were hunting some type of wild cattle on a ranch in Hawaii, it was a cross of Longhorn and Hereford I believe. It got me to thinking, what would gun type and what load would you use? The area they were hunting in was thick brush and real hilly.
     
  2. Rev. Chad

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    I was thinking a Mossberg 500 in 12 gauge and loaded with the hardest rifled slugs I could get. This could really beat hunting hogs.
     
  3. CoRoMo

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    We've killed cattle with a .22 rifle, but I'd just use one of my .270 rifles.
     
  4. Horribilus

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    My grandpa used to shoot cattle to slaughter with a Win 92 32/20. They didn't die right away. I'd probably go with something like a 45/70 to get good penetration.
     
  5. H&Hhunter

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    Anything you'd hunt water buffalo with or cape buffalo would be great. Feral cattle can be dangerous but are not wired anything like a cape buf. Of course comparing the rifle we slaughter cattle with and what we hunt them with isn't a valid comparison.

    Any round and bullet that would work for large game such as elk or moose would work for feral cattle just fine. A big cow will weigh as much or more than a big bull moose. Cattle are also heavier built than deer.my choice would be a good .30 cal with 180 or 200gr bullets and up. You couldn't go wrong with your.338 or.375 those are never a bad choice on bigger stuff.
     
  6. Cob

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    Most cattle today are probably going to be in some sort of fence. Wild cattle make for good television, but are much harder to find in real life.

    I would think twice before pulling the trigger on any "wild cattle", as you may face fines or imprisonment when the cattle-owner/ cowboy shows up, and you're butchering his Bessie that escaped confinement.

    Escapees from confinement or "lost" cattle are probably more routine, especially in fence-out states, vs. fence-in states. if i were going to kill a "wild cow" here in FL, I would use modern archery equipment to muffle the shot.

    immigrants that pass thru this area do this more regrettably more routinely than needed, and use a chainsaw to butcher in a hurry, often times making a run with the hide still attached before discovery.

    the beef industry is really doing well here in FL, with the drought significantly affecting beef prices throughout TX, & USA.
     
  7. baylorattorney

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    In Texas cattle prices are way up, so bf you drop the hammer on some beef make sure you have plenty of cash.
     
  8. shiftyer1

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    And a big freezer.
     
  9. H&Hhunter

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    However on the Big Island of Hawaii there is a huntable population of feral cattle. It's a legit deal and is included in the state game regulations.
     
  10. Davek1977

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    growing up on the family ranch, occasionally an animal would need to be put down. My SKS worked as well as anything else....fmj thru the brain
     
  11. snakeman

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    something in the sprectrum beginning with 30-30 and ending with 45-70
     
  12. 303tom

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    I would use my .35 Whelen..............
     
  13. MtnCreek

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    Bucket of corn and a 5 ft stick of dogwood (aim for the nose). :)
     
  14. huntershooter

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    Guess it would depend on rather you merely wanted to kill them, or stop them.
    As stated a .22 rimfire will put them down, if surgically placed-under ideal conditions (animal penned).
    If I were hunting them and there were a chance of being gored or stomped, I'd much prefer a large caliber rifle/slug gun.
    What is the scenario for hunting; open country or timber-close in and fast or slow and deliberate?
     
  15. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    It sounds stupid but I actually developed some very good Elk loads by testing them on some cattle many years ago. My dad raised Black Angus and we would always butcher 2 or 3 for the family every year. I would test a load for penetration (lung shots so as not to really screw up a lot of meat) and found that a good 1 1/2 year old bull made for a great test medium. Thick hides, fairly thick fat layer, and some pretty stout ribs gave me very good load data. I would test at 100 to 200 yards. I tested both .30/30 and .30/06 and both did very well. I did do a test on one cow we had that needed to be taken out anyway because it was sick. We couldn't eat the meat so the shot didn't matter so I tested on the front shoulder with the .30/06. Broke both shoulders and found the 180gr Sierra in the skin on the off side. Was shot at 195 yards. I would have to say that pretty much any .30cal or above would be just dandy for feral cow.
     
  16. jmorris

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    A 5 gallon bucket of range cubes and a .22lr.
     
  17. Armored farmer

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    I shot a fine Northern Pump Hereford bull in the ball sack with a .177 cal BB. He came from John Wayne's ranch about '69 or '70.
     
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    Wild cow hunting. Now THERE'S a scam ranchers can use! They need to work up a boone and crocket scoring system. I mean, think of it, no high dollar high fences, just barbed wire. 100 percent success rate. $8000 kill fee plus quartering and such for a 1000 dollar cow. I mean, does it get any better? :D Camo is important, though, ya know, and you'll need a cow call and a cow decoy. Ranch could charge extra for this.

    Mmm, could be a fortune to be made here. :D
     
  19. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    Now that I think of it, didn't "The Pig Man" hunting show have one of these feral cow hunts in Newfoundland? I seem to remember it (love that show. He's hilarious) and he didn't get on one because they are very skiddish.
     
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    I know of a couple ranches in TX where you can opt to bow hunt Watusi cattle. While I have never hunted one I have been around them. One charged the ranches truck and put a hole in the bed of the truck near the tail light and the other hole in the door.

    When on foot you give them a wide birth.
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  21. MCgunner

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    This probably would have helped. :D


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  22. H&Hhunter

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    I wonder what would happen if you mixed a Spanish fighting bull with Longhorn cow and advertised dangerous game hunts. That oughta bring a premium!
     
  23. TexasPatriot.308

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    I had to put down a fair size bull monday, my Ruger 10/22 right behind the ear at close range, he went to his knees and was gone a few seconds later, not a wild critter and I didnt like doing it, just a necessity sometimes in the cattle business.
     
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    +1 for the 45-70, but seeing as I don't have one at the moment I would use my 06 with 200gr Accubonds.
     
  25. lopaka

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    Big Island Cattle vs 30-30

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdrMe2FxHuI&feature=related

    Shooting, processing, and eating wild cattle on local Ahiu Hawaii TV show. After watching this, I need a burger.

    Bonus pig hunting on the same show.
     
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