Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by peacebutready, Feb 20, 2017.
Looks like good ammo they are loaded with Barnes Tsx bullets.
Marketing Hoopala aside, they are Barnes TSXs loaded by Remington. TSXs are expanding monolithic bullets built for rapid expansion and deep penetration.
It's a copper solid. They're becoming more popular here and there, good for lead free zones too. There is no jacket to shed, rather than mushrooming back with a lead/hollow cavity, the tip opens with petals that peel back to the shank with usually a 95%+ weight retention IF the bullet doesn't exit. Penetration is the name of the game, think of the expanding tip arrows. Depending on cartridge, you may need a faster twist (.223 1:12 probably wouldn't stabilize the 60+ gr copper solid).
Personally, if you're using a full power rifle caliber like anything in the 308 or 30-06 cartridge families you ought to be good. Unless I'm missing something, these cartridges should carry enough energy to penetrate a hog well enough to kill it no matter the bullet type.
Oh that's good. That's very good!
So, spend money on specialty ammo, or spend less money on tried and true. As stated before, unless you live in a state where lead isn't allowed by law, don't waste your money. Or do waste it. It's your money.
I feel the same way and would like to find ammunition that works well for zombie and chupacabra. Chupacabra are migrating north towards where I live and zombies have been here for 18 months.
That's a big deal in some jurisdictions ...
I believe deer loads would be fine on a 400 pound bruiser. How many have you encountered? If so can you prove it? I'm almost 58, have been hunting all my life, have lived in Texas all my life(where there are many more hogs than any other state) and have never seen a feral hog that big.
Everything isn't always bigger in TX.
I wouldn't, deer don't have 1.5" thick gristle plates and don't take much killing. I grew up in Florida and have killed a hog or two but most were with handguns. Never shot one bigger than 200lbs but have seen plenty in the 300lb range.
Erring on the heavy side never cost anybody a lost animal.
That's definitely true according to my ex-wife. I also believe in Bergmann's rule. But I'm asking about a particular person's experience. Also many of these so called huge feral hogs are gimmicks of photography or are domestic hogs that have recently gone feral. There are 400 lb feral hogs out there but they are few and far between. I've also read a bunch of mythology relating to how hard they are to kill. Place a decent .223 bullet in the right place and they go down. I don't hunt hogs with a .223, I hunt them with a 30-30 using 150 grain Corelokts and a Leupold VX-3 1.75-6x32 with German #4. Only thing I use the rifle for.
If your just killing, maybe cut the backstrap out and move on. They are about the only varmint I like to eat but I try not to turn them into work. They are better dead or ran off than eaten, if you had to pick 2 of 3.
This pure gold. I will be quoting this in the future. Thank-you.
I wouldn't be surprised is it was their standard stuff in a fancy box. OTOH, maybe the jacket is thicker.
I didn't know people hunt hog with a .223. Is there soft point lead ammo for deer/hog or just the all-copper stuff?
Very interesting about the copper loaded .243 doing what a 30-06 can do. I guess it penetrated as far.
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