20 gauge for boar?


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natedog
December 27, 2002, 12:45 AM
do you think a 20 gauge slug or buckshot load can take down a wild boar (northern californian, dont know the size).

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CyberGOP
December 27, 2002, 12:48 AM
A while back in Guns & Ammo , they used a Benelli 20 gauge and Winchester Supreme Sabot slug loads and they worked well , personally , I'd prefer a 12 gauge , but you could probably use a 20 .

Dave McCracken
December 27, 2002, 04:24 AM
Tough call.The original Brennekes were developed for boar, but usually in 16 or 12 gauge.

Hogs are built like tanks, and in my limited experience,die hard. They also are pugnacious, armed with some very sharp teeth and reasonably intelligent. That's a combination that I myself would like to see die real soon after the shot.

IMO, a 20 gauge repeater loaded with the Rottweil Brennekes and with a cool hand directing same would be good for taking, say,250 lb eating pigs. For big boar, all gristle,scar tissue, teeth and attitude, something a bit bigger would be better.

As for buck, the only size commonly available for the 20 is #3.I'd want something like #1 or larger. Penetration is mandatory on stuff that can stomp my $%^&* into a mudhole.

HTH....

natedog
December 27, 2002, 10:00 AM
in boar hunting, do you have to have your gun plugged to 3 rounds?

JeFF D
December 27, 2002, 03:20 PM
20 gauge sabot slug would be fine for boar, Winchester Supreme Partition Gold load for 20 gauge 2 3/4" outperforms .454 casull with the same bullet by 100fps.

I've never heard anyone say .454 casull was not adequate for boar.

For Rifled slugs use Brenneke 3" magnums, an ounce of lead at 1,400 fps should take a boar quite nicely.

Though I would not advise using the buckshot.

4thHorseman
January 3, 2003, 07:21 PM
natedog, we do not have to plug the shot gun to three shots, here in VA. Here it is only plugged for water foul or other type of foul. You can ask your state's game and fishery or check it on net, but as far as hunting land critters that walk, I believe the state is on the line of thought, a shot gun is similiar to a rifle then. There is not limit to the bullets you can put in a rifle. Here in VA anyway.
On another related subject, I'm not even sure if the People's Republic of Maryland has allowed hunting to resume again after the sniper attacks a few months ago. That stopped hunting the last I heard.

4thHorseman
January 3, 2003, 07:27 PM
CyberGop is correct in saying the 20 gage slug will work. We usually bring down a 180 to 220 pund pig with a 12 gage, but our guide says they use 20 gage all the time with good results. They even use 223. That is because the county we hunt boar in they only allow a shot gun or a 22 cal rifle. A 22 cal center fire meets their requirements of a 22cal.

Mannlicher
January 8, 2003, 08:46 PM
I admit to taking a number of hogs in my youth with a single barrel Stevens 20ga. I used foster slugs, and my memory is of them working well, killing cleanly.

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