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Boar hunting sidearm?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ronnied316, Jan 10, 2004.

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  1. ronnied316

    ronnied316 Member

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    Hey folks,

    I know this has been asked a hundred times here, but the search didn't give me the exact answer I was looking for. So, what sidearm would you carry on a boar hunt. I'm going back and forth between 44 Mag. and 45 LC. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Ron
     
  2. critter

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    Either will do just fine. Get a gun YOU LIKE and one you can shoot WELL and maybe FAST! THen load 'er up with HEAVY bullets ahead of LOTS of slow powder and have at 'em!
     
  3. Lloyd Smale

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    like critter said there not much difference when both are loaded with 300 grian plus cast bullets If you not a handloader opt for the .44 if you are it just dont matter.
     
  4. Jim March

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    Ditto. They'll both work, assuming the 45LC gun is stout enough to handle 44Mag horsepower (read: Dan Wesson large frame, any 454, any Ruger 45LC SA or DA, and the 45LC Colt Anaconda).
     
  5. Preacherman

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    How about a Boar Spear from Cold Steel Special Products? It's the last one on the right in this picture:


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    Details are here. Much more fun than a handgun... :D
     
  6. Lloyd Smale

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    speer should be made of brass to match the operators balls!!
     
  7. inventory0297

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    Super Redhawk 454 Casull, Cor Bon 320gr. penetrators. Works great on wild swine.
     
  8. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Major George Nonte preferred a S&W model 57,
    .41 magnum. :uhoh: Guess if its good enough
    for him, then its good enough for me! :D

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
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    Anyone see that shot of ted nugent taking that wild boar at 100+ yards with a stock Glock 20?

    I'm a decent shot, but i wish i could learn to shoot like that with a handgun.
     
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    IMHO...

    Either the 10mm Auto (200 grain Double Tap Ammo or Texas Ammo Company's 10mm Express) or the .41 Remington Magnum in 250 grain full-house loads.

    Works for me!

    Scott :cool: :D
     
  12. ronnied316

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    Thanks for the replies, I think I'm going to go with an S&W 629 in 44 Mag. My uncle has one and I can group shots pretty well at a relatively quick pace. If I however decide to go with the spears, I will definitely post pics. :D

    Cheers,

    Ron
     
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    I use a 1911 with 185 grain SWC projectiles.


    I should ask weshoot2 to load up some +P 200 grainers.
     
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    I used a S&W 629. I did'nt get any but that's what i took.
     
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    I've shot small feral hogs with a 230gr FMj in 45ACP and had them go through and through with little effect.

    Choose ammo as you would with stopping people.

    Smoke
     
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    clubsoda22

    Ted Nugent is great with a Glock, but after cutting his leg with a chainsaw a few days ago, it may be awhile before can shoot like that again.
     
  17. JShirley

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    Ronnied,

    .41, .44 Magnum, and .45 Colt will all work well with proper ammo. Haven't seen any hogs here this season, but Al and Byron have both taken nice hogs here- Byron's appears to have been around 300 lbs.

    Four years ago, I saw a herd of hogs here, two of which dwarved Byron's hog!

    The big advantage of the .45 Colt is throwing heavy slugs with far less pressure than the .44 Mag, but you need to reload to really see the potential. When using any of these, I would personally choose a heavy-for-caliber (I wouldn't go with a 170 grain in the .41, for instance) bullet.
     
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  18. Greybeard

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    Coincidently, I just aquired a 7 1/2" Super Blackhawk last Tuesday. I too looked into the .44 vs. .45 thing and Mr. Linebaugh's info. quite some time back.

    Having a good buddy (Chaz) that reloads, I was leaning heavily toward the .45. Then, after shooting his Ruger last weekend, I settled on an identical .454 to have option of shooting those bad boys or the .45LC.

    We've been practicing with 300 grain cast bullets in both calibers and plan to try to perforate a pig or three this weekend. :D There is lots of rain in the forecast :( , but that might just be a real good reason to leave the '06 in the truck and simply carry the new hand cannon under the poncho.

    Plus a 3" .357 "tree-climbing gun" on the off-side. ;)
     
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