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Deer/hog hunting with a .223?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by john917v, Aug 18, 2010.

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  1. john917v

    john917v Member

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    I have a Savage 12fv, with a 3x9-40 scope. Once deer season comes along, I would like to hunt deer and or hogs with it. I would use a bigger rifle if I had it, but I don't. Now, do you guys think with a smaller caliber like this, I should go for a head, neck (spine), or behind-the-shoulder shot? Thanks for any help
     
  2. ms6852

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    First of all you need to find out what the minimum caliber requirements are for hunting in your state. It may be illegal to hunt with a 22 caliber rifle.
     
  3. Boris bush

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    After the legality is figured out and if you can make sure you get proper ammo

    TBBC, partitions, powerpoints and a few others will take deer fine.

    IMO the behind the shoulder shot is poor shot placement. I have seen deer shot with the old warhorse 30 06 run half a mile through swamp, and tanngle like no other after being shot there. No caliber will bring a deer down all the time with poor placement like that. With larger calibers I always shoot the shoulder. I prefer quick kills and a little lost meat over a long lingering death and a possible chance at not tagging the animal.

    With .223 stick with neck or spine shots. If you go for the head, the round will not matter.....

    There will also be two camps on this issue. Those that have done/do it, and those that think about it.

    add a grain of salt and figure out for yourself what you want to do after that....
     
  4. FLAvalanche

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    No, you can't hunt hogs with .223. It's impossible! Even though plenty of people here do it successfully it's absolutely impossible and furthermore, because it wasn't recommended by someone on TV or in a magazine you shouldn't do it!

    Sorry, I was just preparing you for what you're going to hear...

    Go hunt with your .223 and enjoy yourself. It will do just fine. If your state laws don't allow .22 caliber they are probably referencing .22 rimfire. If it doesn't state rimfire in your hunting laws a quick call to your local fish and game office will set you straight.

    I don't recommend neck and spine shots on hogs simply because most people don't know where the spine actually is in a hog and the neck has a lot of area with nothing vital.

    Learn the vital areas of the pig because they are different than a deer.
     
  5. W.E.G.

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    Put it under the ear and its plenty. I've killed several hogs and a few deer with my .223 using FMJs. For large boars I'd stay away from the shoulder shots.
     
  7. john917v

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    You guys are right, I knew it was illegal to hunt deer in TX with a rimfire, but I didn't know about the .25 caliber-minimum size. I'm not trying to be silly or anything, but hogs are considered a pest here in TX, (and just about everywhere else, I'm sure) but, I keep hearing from locals that there are no bag limits, you can harvest them with whatever you want, and so on. Is this true, especially the part where you can harvest them them with whatever you want?
     
  8. FLAvalanche

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    That's right from the Texas Hunting Laws pdf found on their website.
     
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    Thats correct, there are no caliber restrictions or mag capacity restrictions in Texas. Hogs can be hunted year round, day or night, with or without artificial light, and there's no limit.
     
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    I remember back when I lived in Tennessee they had what I'd call an extermination order on hogs. No license required, no closed season - day or night, and no limit. my only regret is that I didn't have any time to get any by the time I found out about them.
     
  11. Double Naught Spy

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    I hunt hogs with 5.56. Mostly I make brain shots and it works well regardless of the size of the animal. The caliber may not be ideal, but it can me used very effectively.

    Check out www.texasboars.com for more information about what folks are using to hunt in Texas. Generally, they suggest something larger than .223. This section has a lot of their members accounts of hunting successes and failures (mostly successes).
    http://www.texasboars.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=77&sid=59d0a174e655144797d1cdb7134fc2ed
     
  12. EmbarkChief

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    .223 + Hogs= Head
    .223 + Deer= Neck or Head

    Of course you can bring down either with hits to other areas, however in my experience these are the quickest and cleanest. YMMV
     
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    alot of where your gonna shoot an animal depends on the angle you have. Ive killed alot of axis deer with my .223. The same rules apply to using larger calibers, but in spades since you have neither the penetration or the expansion/power of even a .243 to rely on. Head shots a great, but dont miss and hit them in the front of the face or jaw, youll never get that animal if you do. Neck shots are also very effective, but if you miss the spine or major artery you just gonna make a wound that will likely cause a long painfull death. behind the shoulder and your looking at taking out lungs or hart, or perhaps the spine if your hit high enough (Imho it offers a bit more leeway then a head or neck shot). I used to use 55grn vmax bullets, and ive never lost an animal, now tho id probobly go with one of the better controled expansion designs.
     
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    killer 223

    deer season 1999 in kansas was atough ordeal for me i hunted hard but had no luck even seeing a deer i had an either sex tag so i was ready to shoot i went out night after night and finally on the last day of the season i decided to pu my 30-06 awy for the season that evening while i was checking my cows i saw a nice big fat doe just my luck the only gun i had was a 223 i aimed at the base of her neck as she was facing away i pulled the trigger and she dropped like a stone after we measured and she was shot at 84 yards so yes your 223 is plenty of gun for hogs and deer

    Good luck and happy hunting :)
     
  15. Thatguy686

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    Ok To correct a couple people on here with a .223 on a deer use the fastest moving bullet u can find prolly. 35 grain and aim for the heart it'll work and as far as hogs do not aim for the head behind and a Lil below the ear is where u wanna hit if u shoot them square between the eyes they will take off injured but still u will be lucky to track them and find them aim just behind and a lol below the ear and I'll get a Drt shot (dead right there)
     
  16. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    Thatguy686, Not trying to be mean or anything here, But pretty much any hog thats over 100 pounds will shrug off a 35 grain from a 223 and laugh the whole way up your leg while chewing you to pieces!!! Will a .223 kill a hog or a deer? Yes of course it will. Is it a recommended calibre for either? No sir it is not and for good reason. Shot placement with such a small calibre would have to be as close to perfect as humanly possible or you get a really big NO NO in the hunting world, an injured animal that you wont recover. Another problem hog hunting with a .223 is the danger factor. People seem to underestimate hogs for some stupid reason and I can not for the life of me figure out why! To be perfectly honest, I would almost rather have a pissed off wolf baring down on me than an injured pissed off hog! They are an extremely tough and ferocious animal when angered and I for one would want the biggest hunk of lead I could throw at one at my disposal if the need arose. I have seen first hand what one that was just 120 pounds did to a man that was well over 200 pounds. It had him tore all to hell before I could shoot the damn thing off him. In all honesty, save up and buy yourself a good 30/30 and then you wont have a worry at all weather or not you have enough weapon to do the task.
     
  17. stsimons

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    my .02.

    IF you are going to hunt deer or hogs use a premium bullet. Barnes TSX or a similar...

    It will do the job if you do yours.
     
  18. H&Hhunter

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    WOW!! There is some really interesting information on this thread. I've learned some new things today.

    Wounded attack hogs! I had no idea that a little 120lb porker could be so viscous. I'd sure like to see some pictures of the guy or at least read the news article because I'm sure that made the news! Most of the hogs that I've wounded simply run away and you either need a really good tracker or dogs to find them. I must be hunting the cowardly beast version of the wild hog. Or maybe they can sense that I will simply stand for no nonsense from any hog as I am the pork punisher of Paducah!! That's probably it.

    People on TV tell you not to use a .223 on hogs? Wow I didn't know that either. I kind of thought that common sense and years of experience would be the key factor here but I guess some do get their information from the TV. The .223 can be used on hogs but you really need to be careful with your shot placement which all but eliminates it from being a useful hog rifle unless you are hunting from a stand over a bait or are a really seriously disciplined spot and stalk hunter.

    Maybe I should spend less time in the field and more time watching TV I might have missed out on some key information here!

    With hundreds upon hundreds of hogs killed I've never had one attack or even push home a serious determined charge. I've had them talk tough when cornered, I've had them run at me trying to get me to back off, I've had them fight my dogs and they love to bluff charge trying to scare you. Many time people think they are being charged when in fact the hog is simply running in your direction trying to get away.

    You can get hurt when dealing with a wounded hog especially in tight cover when they feel blocked in but they don't come looking for you or hunt you down and tear you to threads with vengeful fury in their hearts.
     
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    If it is all you have make it work for you. Use premium bullets and make good shots. I wouldn't try quartering shots on a big animal with it, but broadside shots in or just above the heart will work fine and it gives you a little more room for error than a head or neck shot. If you know you can make the head or neck shot, go for it
     
  20. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    H&Hhunter, It was back in the early 80's in Tennessee, He shot it at a pretty steep angle quartering to him and if I remember correctly it was with a .243 but Im not 100% sure on that, The hog covered 40 yards in a heartbeat and yes sir it was attacking not simply evading. Hit him in the calf first, ripped a chunk out of his leg, guy went down and it got a hold of his thigh. The tusk missed his femoral artery by 1/2 of an inch. That is not the first or only time that hogs have attacked. You just don't read about it often but it is not as rare as one would think. It has not happened to you because you, like me, are not out there with a "BB gun" trying to take a pretty hefty animal. Always choose a weapon to meet the task. When I hog hunt I carry NO LESS than a 30/30 and I either have a .44mag SRH or my .500S&W on my side for those incidents. I've been charged down by a dominate male more than once and a good shot to the area just above the snout with one of those handguns will do the job. While you are correct MOST THE TIME H&Hhunter hog will generally run off, not ALL the time will they. A dominate male is highly aggressive and will charge you and trust me bud, if one gets a hold on you it will be a lasting memory. One you will not wish to have either! Those tusks are not just for show and them buggers definatly know how to use them to their advantage!
     
  21. R.W.Dale

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    OK but let me ask you this

    You shoot porky and he's PO'd and coming for you which would you rather have? One shot at most from grandpaws remchester bolt action 243 with a 3x9x40 scope, one shot from your old faithful open sighted 336

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    4 62g TSX'es en route from a semiauto carbine fitted with a very fast reflex sight..


    HMMMMMMMM! let me think about that for a minute???


    Now this said I'd like to add that the below quote is also uncommonly BAD advice. Use a bullet suitably constructed WHICH ISN'T gonna be one that weighs 35grs

     
  22. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    While yes that AR in .223 with some 62g TSX's COULD get the job done that would NOT be my first choice no sir! My 336 would be. My ONE shot to your 4 shots needed would make me feel much safer! (Not to mention im pretty dern quick on followups with a lever) BUT the OP's first question clearly shows he doesn't have an AR based platform, he has a Savage bolt action. The question was should he take head or neck shots on deer and hogs. My answer was and stays NEITHER with that weapon. It is not an ethical choice for big game and shouldn't be used. Simple as that. I am sure I will get ripped on for that but really do not care. I believe firmly in ETHICAL hunting as our big game animals (even the pest hogs) deserve as clean and ethical kill as humanly possible period.
     
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    head shots or plan on some geting away, shot placement is everything
     
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    Let me take a quick second to relate something I witnessed first hand a few years ago. On a family hunt at my uncles place in the Texas Hill Country a newly minted "cousin in law" tried to shoot a white tail through the shoulder with a .22-250. Range was probably around 70 yards and I'm unsure what bullet he was using. The bullet impacted the shoulder and exploded, I'm talking baseball size chunk of flesh missing, but did not penetrate into the vitals. Luckily another cousin was with him and quickly dispatched the deer with his .270 before it got very far. If penetration is your goal use bullets on the heavy side.

    Disclaimer: I love the .22-250 and have taken quite a few deer with this caliber, I believe its just fine for a deer cartridge as long as the hunter understands its limitations.
     
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    Just MHO. You've seen where the brain and spine are on a hog now. If you are a good shot, and are willing to pass the shot when you can't place it where you should, then go hunting. If you get close, pick your spot, and practice lot before you go, you should do fine.
     
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