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150 grain 308 core-lokt for charging hogs

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Hog huntin Harry, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. Random 8

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    I have a lot of experience with game and the 150 SP at .308-.300 Savage speeds. I did go on a driven hog hunt several years ago in Texas with my M99 Savage in .300. 3 hogs were taken with the rifle from 125-350 lbs, all with the Hornady 150 SP. Head shots on the smaller ones in cover, shoulder quartering towards on the big one. All 3 died in their tracks. The quartering shot did not exit the hog, but passed through the vitals lodging in the far side of rib cage.

    I don't think more gun or bullet is needed than what you have. I would prefer the 150 grain weight for more shock and awe on impact, and less recoil for easier follow up shots if needed. I am, however, not a super fan of the Rem Core Lokt. They seem a bit erratic to me, and I've seen a lot of them pulled out of deer meat. Some perfect mushrooms, some shedding a lot of jacket and lead along the way.

    For your application in .308 Win, I would prefer in order: Speer GS, Speer Hot Core, Hornady interlock, Win Power Point, all in 150 grains. I've also heard good things about the Fed Fusion, but no personal experience here. Look for a Sav M99 in .308 or .300. Really fun for fast action, accurate enough for stand hunting.
     
  2. Jerry M

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    Yes, I would not feel the need for anything else. As stated above practice a close snap shot. Dropping your rifle and trying for a quick draw with your .44 magnum seems slower to me than shooting with the rifle in your hands.

    Good Luck

    Jerry
     
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  3. T.R.

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    Since we moved down to Florida, I've taken three hogs with my 30-30 shooting 170 grain Power Points. Quick kills with high shoulder shot placement. These bullets do a whole lot of damage when the spine is struck. I have never been charged by any animal.

    TR
     
  4. caribou

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    .308w and 7.62x54r have dropped plenty of Brown Bears for me, I wouldnt feel bad looking for Pigs close up.
     
  5. H&Hhunter

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    I have seen a 150 Gr Corelokt out of a .308 Win completely fail on a largish boar hog.

    The hog was shot broadside in the shoulder. We blood trailed him for a couple hundred yards and lost the trail. Several days later some cowboys working cattle found him still alive, ran him down, roped him and brought him to us. We put him out of his misery and performed a necropsy. The bullet had core separated and was fragmented and stopped in the gristle and muscle of the shoulder.

    Just some food for thought here. There are better bullets in a 150 Gr .308 than the Corelokt.
     
  6. GooseGestapo

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    First, not all Corlokts are equal.
    The Pointed Corlokts are a different construction from the traditional round nose corlokts.

    I’ve seen numerous of the Pt CL’s seperate and fail to penetrate. Of the traditional round nose, most demonstrate the classic “deadliest mushroom in the woods” expansion. Most of the 200gr .358” RN have completely penetrated 150-175lb deer. All the pigs I’ve shot with .35Rem or .30/30 (200gr, 170, 150gr) have exited. The one deer I shot with the .35Rem with a “Texas heart shot” was recovered from the opposite shoulder and weighed 188gr. (Handloaded at 2,275fps).

    I’d personally use the 180gr RN Corlokts from either the .308 or ‘06. They are considered a staple factory load in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada for moose and black bear. They will undoubtedly take down a pig.
     
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  7. earlthegoat2

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    I tried to test some 180 gr Corelokt RN in wet newspaper out of a Remington 7600 Carbine @100 yds and I never recovered any. They went through 18” of it.
     
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    If you don't do significant CNS damage, either directly (direct physical impact to brain, brain stem, upper spinal cord with bullet into these or bullet pushing bone into these) or indirectly (hydraulic or hydrostatic shocks to the brain, brain stem, upper spinal cord) then expect the hog to NOT be dead in its tracks. You can blow out his heart and have him run upwards of 100 yards, same for a double lung shot. I have seen a hog run 70 yards with a blown heart and a broken humerus.

    Shut down the CNS, he will drop in his tracks. You can do that with most any caliber, but the trick is to shut down the CNS.
     
  9. MaxP

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    Depends on where you hit it...
     
  10. der Teufel

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    I think, assuming a hog is running your direction (which is much more likely than having one 'charge' you) after you've fired your first one or two shots at it, even if you miss completely, the hog is very likely to find another direction to run which it likes a whole lot better.
     
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  11. Eddietruett

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    I shot a big sow years ago deer hunting as she was walking towards me. Not charging, I think she smelled me and was curious. I was armed with 3" Magnum 000 Buckshot. I had a mag extension and I fired 7 shots into her chest with the first shot being around 20 yards. She didn't stop until the 3rd round and didn't go down until the last round. I was getting a little concerned. When we cleaned her, only 2 pellets made it through the fat shield on her chest. Had no idea how tough a hog was in the chest. Granted she went close to 400 lbs, but I learned a lot that day. Had I known what I know now, I would have tried to retreat of climb a tree if possible. Penetration is the key with hogs. I've killed a lot since, but always with an adequate weapon.
     
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  12. Hog huntin Harry

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    Scary, I used to use 2 3/4 000 buck for hog defense. I thank the good Lord for keeping me from crossing paths with a big hog.
     
  13. Eddietruett

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    I'm sure if it had been the size of most of the hogs I've encountered, it would have gone down real fast. I've shot several broadside with buckshot and had no problems either, but all of these were under 150 lbs. The bigger the tougher.
     
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  14. mokin

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    I knew there was a reason I liked those big ol' round nose bullets.
     
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  15. Bfh_auto

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    Sounds like shotgun land to me.
    I wouldn't doubt a 150 gr 308. But I like shotguns inside 40 yards.
     
  16. Kevinq6

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    There is a ten pellet hardcast 0000 load that does well in my shotgun. I was thinking that might be good for charging hogs though I might choose a hardened Brennekke slug. Pretty impressive only a few 000 pellets got through the sow's fat (though that's a big ass pig).
     
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  17. Patocazador

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    Then use a 12ga. with 000 buckshot/full choke. It's hard to aim well when they are almost on top of you. The shotgun will help solve that problem and maybe save your cojones. If they are actually coming at you, a head shot is all you'll have.
     
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