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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by brian923, May 18, 2009.

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  1. brian923

    brian923 Member

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    hey guys, i have a question pertaining to hog hunting. i here that there are a lot of places now offereing hog hunting, some year round, and some without needing a license.

    question... can i use my ar-15, in .223 ot hog hunting.( assuming that its leagle whereever i am able to hunt?)


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  2. nathan

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    In Tx, u should have a license no matte what. But if you have a friend who allows u to hunt in his property bec the hogs are doing damage, u dont need one. But again, check with your state regs.
     
  3. MCgunner

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    Use a pop gun if ya want, but be careful, a hog can get mighty angry if he figures out you shot him with it. :D On a big hog, I'd go for the head shot. I've shot 'em with pistols, so I guess a .223 ain't THAT far off, just better have a good bullet like a Barnes are something except for head shots.

    .308 kills 'em every time, no need to shoot the head.
     
  4. alsaqr

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    Have killed a lot of hogs big and small with the M193 5.56mm military ball round. Nearly all were bang flops. At ranges of up to 150 yards when fired from a 20" barrel; that bullet penetrates 4-6", yaws 90 degrees and fragments. Have hit a few of those hogs just behind the diaphram in the liver. Fragments of the bullet still shredded the heart and lungs.
     
  5. a-sheepdog

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    If I were using a .223, I would only make head shots. I would not make a shot in which I could not confirm a humane kill. They may be pests to some, but my hunting ethics dictate only sure shots. I personally like 308 or my 7mag even better.
     
  6. 41 Mag

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    If your coming to Texas, and you plan to hunt you have to have a license. It doesn't matter who's property our on, or what the damage is, your required to have the paper. Depending on your age you might also need to have the Hunter's Ed card with you as well.

    You even have to have a hunting license to gig frogs here.

    IF you plan to come and hunt, I would highly suggest checking the online rules and regs for what you will actually need.They are getting more and more strict on things and posing more expensive citations for even the minor offenses.

    That said,

    Your choice of weapon is only as good as you can shoot it. Spraying the area works on occasion, but accurate placement is always better. Also I would suggest using something with an expanding bullet. Might be mistaken but somewhere in the regs it states something about FMJ ammo. Granted hogs are not game animals here, but still better safe than sorry.

    Bring plenty of ammo and take as many home as you can afford, or can find. I promise nobody will miss them.
     
  7. kyle1974

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    I have shot a truckload of hogs with mr AR... most have been head shots though. I've killed a few smaller ones around 60-80 lbs with body shots, but the big ones aren't going to drop with that little bullet.
     
  8. brian923

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    thanks guys. i know that a different round would probably be better, but i just want to hunt with my AR. i have so much into it, i would like to actually do more than kill paper with it!!! i also have a garand and a mauser i would like to use as well, but i knew that they would do it no problem.
     
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    So far this year i have killed 17 hogs with my .223 and that little bullet. 4 of those hogs went over over 200 pounds field dressed: All of these big hogs were shot in the heart lung area. Not one of them went over 30 yards after being hit.
     
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    Man, not that I want them in Iowa, but I sure do want to go hog hunting without spending an arm and a leg. It sure sounds like a good time.
     
  11. kyle1974

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    alsaqr, what kind of bullets are you shooting?

    OVER 200 lbs dressed? so you're shooting hows with a 55 grain bullet primarily made for varmit shooting in the shoulder at a 260-275 lb animal? I've had much more substantial rounds than a 223 not fully penetrate a larger hog's shield.. I actually shot one hog last year with my 7mm mag 160 grain partitions and didn't get a pass through on.... he was about 200 live.
     
  12. alsaqr

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    Yep, thats right a varmint bullet; A bullet made by the US army specifically to kill and maim human varmints, the M193 military ball round. The same round that the anti-US hacks whined about causing all those horrible casualties to the Viet Cong and the NVA.

    My shots are low behind the shoulder. However, that bullet will go through the lower shoulder of a big hog, penetrate about 5", yaw 90 degrees and come apart.


    http://www.rayguncharlie.net/sr/basics/pmrb.html
     
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