150 grain 308 fmj for wild hogs

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  1. Hog huntin Harry

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    Will a 150 grain 308 fmj deliver it's energy into a hog ( about 100-150 pounds ), or will it just go straight through and make a long narrow wound doing no damage. I know I'm going to have a pretty non existent would channel, I just want to know if it will transfer it's energy into a hog.

    Btw the shots will be 150 - 200 yards away, all broadside.
     
  2. Casefull

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    It will do the job.
     
  3. LoonWulf
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    It WILL kill them, but most likely wont kill them anywhere nearby.
     
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    It will kill a human, it will kill a hog. But @LoonWulf is most likely right. And it won’t bleed much. A box of 308 Core-Lokt 150gr SP is about $18 a box. There’s no reason not to buy a box and give yourself much better odds of recovery.
     
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  5. FL-NC

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    I kill them regularly with 75 grain OTM 223. Not an expanding round, but they do tend to tumble sometimes. A well placed 308 ball should do fine.
     
  6. rdnktrkr

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    Lgs had 308 150gr sp for $10 a box, I would look into something like that, fmj I feel is for target shooting and NATO compliance. Fmj will do the job but there is better options.
     
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  7. Flintknapper

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    At those distances IF you can accurately place a shot to the Neck or High Shoulder, you should be able to drop anything that shows up...right there. Both are CNS shots (Central Nervous System).

    Shots to the Heart/Lung region using FMJ 'can' result in a long tracking job....quite possibly with little to no blood trail. Shot Placement.jpg
     
  8. Hog huntin Harry

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    So do y'all think a fmj will just fly straight through if I go for a shoulder shot ?
     
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    308 165g sp available for 170/500.
     
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  10. Flintknapper

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    FMJ is going to fly right through on any broadside shot...any spot you place the bullet. There will be some amount of temporary wound cavity and tissue/organ destruction owing to hydrostatic shock, but nothing like would happen with a controlled expansion bullet (intended for hunting).

    The main thing to remember when shooting hogs (broadside) is NOT to shoot them like you would a deer (tight behind the shoulder) UNLESS you are willing to track them for some distance AND meat preservation is your primary goal. If you just want to dispatch them as quickly as possible with no tracking...shoot them in the neck or high shoulder.
     
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    Even though pigs are jerks, they deserve a clean death. Grab some cheap soft points and be done with it.
     
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    "ANY" 150 Gr bullet that's ACCURATE will put a hog down if its put in the right place! I like the neck.

    AND,,,,,Always be ready with a back-up shot.

    Thanks for the picture Flint!!
     
  13. Random 8

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    No, it will not deliver it's energy into a hog with any sort of efficiency. I had the misfortune to witness numerous live targets hit with 7.62x39, 7.62x54R and 7.92x57mm fmj. Most of the ones that died did so over a relatively long period of time, often after hospitalization. Hunting and match ammunition fielded by irregulars or liberated from police arsenals were much more effective. The German and Austrian issue 7.62x51 as manufactured by DAG and RUAG was a little different animal than Yugoslavian issue ammo, having a somewhat brittle jacket in the tip area. Ditto for 7.62x54R 7N1 Soviet sniper ammunition. These bullets introduced significant yaw after initial impact with soft tissue and caused severe trauma.

    Do not hunt with FMJ. Period. Feral hogs are not signatories to the Hague convention on military small arms.
     
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  14. der Teufel

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    As Flint noted, even a heart or lung shot is unlikely to put a hog down quickly when using FMJ. I've shot a couple of hogs through the heart with soft points and they ran. One went over 300 yards through a field, the other went 150 yards into the brush. Both left good blood trails so I was able to find them. Not sure a FMJ would have the same result regarding blood trail.
     
  15. Hog huntin Harry

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    Thank y'all for your insight, I'll use the fmjs for target practice only.
     
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