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.243 for hogs?

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Old 04-26-2009, 11:52 PM
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.243 for hogs?

I'm flying to Dallas on may 8th to visit a friend, do some fly fishing for some trophy bass, and he also happens to have some hogs on his "farm" (1300 ac) that could use some thinning out. He really doesn't shoot a rifle, but he said that there is a 30-06 at the farm that the ranch hand uses. He said that a couple of hogs under 100# would cook up nice, but the next sentence was "I hope you know how to clean them because I don't." Well, THAT won't be a problem!

So, it's either use the 30--06 (he didn't know what type of rifle it was) or ship my .243 down to myself. I've got it throwing the 85g Barnes TSX bullets @ 3350 fps and they're grouping 3/4 moa.

So, you think it'll be enough or should I take my chances with the 30-06?
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:02 AM
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Re: .243 for hogs?

"So, you think it'll be enough or should I take my chances with the 30-06?"

I would use I knife before I used someone else's ranch hand's rifle over my own. That being said I have never hunted HOGS before allways wanted to but never had the chance. Just my 2 cents but I have no dought you will be fine as long as you stay with in the confines of your shooting abilty.

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Old 04-27-2009, 06:28 AM
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I "finished off" a hog with a 243 in south carolina. I hit it with a bow and had to finish it with the gun. Do your part the 243 will do it's part. I killed mine with federal premium partition 100gr if I remember correctly.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:36 AM
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Re: .243 for hogs?

I would definately choose the .243, cheaper and effective. Over here pigs/hogs are what we go after and most choose a .243 (The 85gr barnes will do just nicely). And besides I hate using an unknown rifle, too many problems could arise....take the .243.


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Old 04-28-2009, 08:15 PM
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Re: .243 for hogs?

.243...absolutely. Don't shoot them like you would shot a deer or coyote. Shoot them right behind the ear. Shoot them to far back and the meat tastes like s__.
I like to shoot 95 gr Bergers or Nosler ballistic tips.
Have fun!!
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:36 PM
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Re: .243 for hogs?

I've shot hogs before down in Tenn. with my Savage muzzleloader, but that was with 300 or 350g Barnes "X" bullets. They both were dropped on the spot, hit 1/3 the way down in the fold of skin in front of the shoulder, but I know the .243 won't have that much penetration. They (the Savage and the .243) have almost the same accuracy out to 100 Yds, but past that the .243 takes over. Behind the ear it is! I've got faith in the Barnes holding together, even at close range. thanks!
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:54 AM
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Re: .243 for hogs?

I have shot 4 hogs with my 243 in the last 12 months. The largest was 260#. I use the Sierra 85gr and no hogs shot have not died. I actually shoot them roughly in the front leg, lower than a deer and it works just fine. I shot another with a 45-70 which also worked rather well!!
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