Need some help on finding the right grain cartrage


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sdperry619
February 16, 2006, 03:26 PM
I am going to be going on a ferral pig hunt in CA with my bro and some friends from work. We have a 7mm weatherby and a winchester model 70 .264 mag. What grain cartage would you recoment. Keep in mind these are not HUGE animals. And admitedly I am new to rifle hunting, been hunting (Dove, quail, pheasent and waterfowl for a long time though)

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Schleprok62
February 16, 2006, 03:56 PM
I would think a 100 - 140 grain bullet would do nicely. If available in a varmint load cartridge, that's what I'd look for and buy...


my 0.02

~z
February 16, 2006, 04:21 PM
I'd suggest a heavy "premium" (well constructed designed for penetration) bullet over a varmint load. Where there are little ones, often times, there are big ones. Heavy bullets will put down little ones better than light bullets put down big ones....$.03, keep the change.
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~z
February 16, 2006, 04:22 PM
PS, welcome aboard.
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atblis
February 16, 2006, 04:53 PM
I would think a more well behaved bullet (in those two cartridges) would be better in that case. I'll go for the heavy premium bullet too. A varmint bullet out of either of those guns would be frag nasty. Also, I'd guess a heavier bullet will also shoot more accurately.

foghornl
February 17, 2006, 10:22 AM
Pigs are a whole lot tougher than you would think....Thick skin, heavy muscle/cartiledge/bone. Vitals are deep inside.

So, they premium deep penetrating bullet (but NOT Full Metal Jacket) instead of the vermint/thin skinned critter round.

P.S. A wounded pig is a VERY dangerous critter...similar to a wounded bear.

runninmike
February 18, 2006, 07:09 PM
Go with at least 120 slug for a pig.
Winchester is the only maker of domestic .264 ammo these days. It's a 140 grainer, and is good-I use them. I would not shoot a 100 gr bullet at a heavy pig as it will be explosive unless really loaded down. That 140 load is excellant for any pig around.
The 7mm Rem mag-I would also get at least a 120 or larger.
My friend hit a large 300+ lb sow last year with a 130 gr .270 win. Pole axed the old girl right now, total penetration.
Best-MC

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