The 11 best cartridges for downing Canada's big game animals

The 11 best cartridges for downing Canada’s big game animals




Full-grown cougars can weigh 175 pounds or more, but they’re thin-skinned and not particularly tough. Plus, they’re most often taken after being treed by hounds, which calls for close-range shots. It would be hard, therefore, to top the trusty lever-action chambered in .30-30 as the perfect cat medicine—it’s easy to carry all day and performs best in short-range scenarios.