Hog hunt calibers

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by American_Fusilier, Mar 23, 2021.

  1. Bfh_auto

    Bfh_auto Member

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    I have a Whelen. But it takes a back seat to a peep sighted 357 lever.
    180 grain cast with 15 grains of h110 does wonders.
    The 35 caliber guns don't get much love from normal people.
     
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  2. Broccolis

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    I've got a 375 ruger. Factory Alaska guide gun. Shoots well under an inch and kills like crazy. I have taken Black and Brown bears, Nilgai, a bunch of hogs and a couple of deer even. It kicks less than my 375 H&H cost a 1/3 of the money and sure enough handy with the 20" bbl.

    I'm happy I didn't build a custom.
     
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  3. FL-NC

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    We shoot them regularly with 223 when we are hog hunting. Why? because they aren't that hard to kill, for one thing. Contrary to popular opinion, they are not uparmored main battle tanks. Also, my 223 guns are light, suppressed, and modularly friendly as it applies to accessories like night vision. When we are hunting something other than hogs and a hog shows up, they get shot with whatever gun happens to be in the hand at that time. For this reason, when I am hunting something like turkey with a shotgun, I carry my Glock 23 on my belt, since I don't think a load of 12 gauge #5 would be as effective as a 40 JHP.
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  4. T.R.

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    30-30 works great here in Florida where wild hogs are plentiful. I typically favor the high shoulder shot to anchor the pig where it stands. No trailing.

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  5. Tentwing

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    Not to create an echo in this thread ……… , but the good ole 30-30 in an 150 grain or a 170 grain put in the boiler room will put a hawg on the ground in a hurry. I have used my Marlin 336 with great success many times and now my 13 year old grandson is using it for the same purpose ……… with proper shot placement they have all been dead right there………
     
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  6. TexasPatriot.308

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    Im in Central Texas, kill pigs everyday. I dont eat them nasty parasite infested things. Every now and then hams or backstrap off a small sow, very small.
     
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  7. Chuck R.

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    .350 worked for me last month:

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    The 1st was shot from a stand at about 100yds, the 2nd was still hunting at about 30 through brush, both during daylight. The spotted boar spun 180 when hit and fell over. I hit the sow a little too far back and she went about 20'. I'm looking at setting up a dedicated night gun now which will be an AR15 in 6.8 SPC II with digital night vision. The M7 in .350 will remain my still hunting/driven gun.
     
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  8. Anchorite

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    I think it was DocRocket that said this way back earlier in the thread, and others have repeated it, but hogs aren’t any more difficult to kill than deer, despite internet myths. Down here in south Alabama we have guys that use spears, bows, and everything from the 22 Hornet on up. Even in the Mobile delta we don’t stress too much over the weapon of choice .... just pick up what you have and go have fun. I personally worry more about snakes than hogs when I’m out and about.
     
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  9. American_Fusilier

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    I've never even seen a bear in the wild. But where I live, we've got more than just black bears, we've got coyotes, wolves, and cougars too.
     
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  10. WisBorn

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    As I read through this thread it's fun to see what everyone likes to use for hogs. The thing that I keep in the back of my mind is the the size range of these feral pigs 60 - 600 pounds. What is the average size of the pigs that are shot??
    I first want to make sure I ethically kill the animal I'm hunting.
    I would probably pick something that is a little more powerful than 22 Hornet. As many of you posted- if you have a dangerous game rifle it would be great fun to use it on a hunt, as would a AR platform where you could have multiple targets to shoot at.
    In the brush a lever action would be great!
     
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  11. JeffG

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    Pretty much "shoot what you got" would be the general rule. As soon as you say "can't, "shouldn't" or "the best" you run into examples where a gun was used just fine. Know where your rifle hits, be able to hit at ranges where you see pigs, and have fun. My .458 post was tongue in cheek. I love that rifle, but I shoot cast bullets so it's a bolt action 45/70. I've used .,243, .308,45/70, .458, a bow and spear. Hunting pigs is just a lot of fun.
     
  12. Ignition Override

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    Wouldn’t any gun “chambering” used in a helicopter also work well if hunting feral pigs on the ground?

    Far less air resistance from form, induced and parasitic drag on the bullets while on the ground.
     
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