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What Caliber for Hogs

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Hondo 60, Nov 14, 2012.

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  1. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

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    Too bad that pig was found out to be a fake!
     
  2. CZ57

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    Photoshop? ;)
     
  3. JLDickmon

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    OOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhh yeah.
     
  4. allaroundhunter

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    False. The pig was most definitely real. However, it was not a wild hog, it was a domesticated pig. It is still pretty astounding how many rounds it took to bring him down.
     
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    Good ole 308, 30-06, 30-30. you name it! My preference has been 6.8 spc, 30-30, and 308.
     
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    Last April 13th I shot a 246 pound boar with my 223 loaded with 55 grain JSP over 23 grains of H335 at 110 yards. It was a head shot. :)
     
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    Wow - Lost Sheep
    I think I might wet myself if I have a hog that size comin' at me. :eek:

    Right now I'm planning on taking my 20 Ga Browning A5 & Ruger Redhawk 44 Mag.
    If I do get a rifle, I'm thinkin .30-06, that way I can use it for local deer hunting,
    or if I don't hunt anymore, it'll sell easily.

    We're goin to Caryona Hunting Lodge, Crossville TN.
    I'm a disabled vet, I can't run & can't climb a tree either, unless there's a ladder on it - ;)

    I just can't see using a .22lr or even .223, seein I'm a noob, I don't know how well I shoot at a moving target.
    So I think that might be too cruel.
     
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    I have killed hundreds of the vermin. Anything from a 22Mag to a 454 Casull will take them out. Just try to line them up where you kill two with each shot.
     
  10. threefortyduster

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    Anything centerfire and over .243 really works on any size hog. Personally I prefer my .30-30 for my area, but I wouldn't hesitate to use anything .243+. The .223s work, and Winchester makes the delayed expansion round, but I can't argue with the pigs I've shot not usually taking a next step after the boom from a 170gr .30-30.
     
  11. 41 Mag

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    Like most here in Texas I have put plenty on the ground with everything from a .243 up through my 454, with my Ruger Compact in .308, probably accounting for most of them. I simply use the Green boxed Rem CL and not had much if any issues.

    Like said putting the bullet where it needs to go is the primary deal, and hogs a re a bit different than a deer. Study up on this link and you should be good to go by the time you head out, Texasboars Hunting

    As for the safety thing, well I have been charged, and have been knocked around a bit, but overall it was more due to the fact I was in the path they were heading in. I did however have one big boar a bit over 400# (guesstimated) decide after I placed a 140gr BT though his shoulder from my 7x30 Waters, that he wanted to share in the pain. He was serious enough that he soaked up a 115gr Partition from my 25-06 literally at the muzzle, as he passed by me and turned to come back for more before falling over. I also had one that could have easily been it's brother, soak up two 180gr Golden Sabers from my 10mm at 20yds or less right under his ear, with only a loud grunt, and an immediate leaving the area with me and dogs in full pursuit. He did however lay down with a 170gr 30-30 round between his eyes at point blank.

    These were only a couple of instances in literally hundreds of encounters. With most, you simply put one just under their ear and between the eye, and down they go with little to no fanfare. Heart/lung shots are good, but sometimes lead to a trailing job and in thick cover that can be an issue as sometimes the fat and hide can cover up or plug the bullet holes, leaving little trail to follow. Most we find hogs come in the 20 to 200 pound range. There are some bigger ones out there but they didn't get to that size being dumb. Hogs are a WHOLE lot smarter than folks give them credit for being and they learn things REALLY quick. Also never let anyone tell you they can't see very well as we have been picked off by them, down wind, at well over 200yds. If your upwind, well they will know so well before you get there. I think their sense of smell is about as good or better than a deer. IMO of course.

    Simply pick something you are comfortable shooting, in a caliber that will work well for most anything else you might ever want to pursue, and once your good with it, go forth and have fun.
     
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    that ain't no kiddin..

    you shoot a hawg where you'd double lung a deer, you're coming up with a spine shot.. which is one thing if you're hunting with a bang-bang, quite another if you're using expandable broadheads..
     
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    LOLZ
     
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    I've shot three using a .280 Remington, all three didn't go anywhere. Shot placement has a lot to do with hog hunting. They have a different physiology than deer. Shoot for the head area, into the neck or into the frontal area of the shoulder, but do not shoot behind the front leg. Any of the thirty's should do the trick nicely, I'm partial to the .308 Win (FNAR) and will use in in the future. Good hunting!
     
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