So i've been pondering a new rifle for trekking around the mountains, but i'd also like a predator gun.
I've recently been given a hand loading press so I bought a Lyman manual and i've been reading up a bit. Noting the bullet selection for .30 caliber (110 gr. to 220 or so???)
I'm curious if it's realistic to hunt predators with a .308 or .30-06 loaded with small bullets or if pelt damage is going to be significant? My guess is with proper bullet selection and lighter loads perhaps it is viable? The .308 was my first choice but i've got a chance at a decent deal on a used Tikka in .30-06.
I'm not too worried about the mountain performance. I don't plan to ever hunt goats and not too likely i'll be hunting sheep either. This would be an alpine bear/caribou gun, i've got a .375 for the brush/Kodiak.
Thanks in advance for the comments!