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Old 11-21-2008, 10:33 AM
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5.56 hog ammo

Ive got an assortment of larger calibers but I'm considering taking my ar this weekend on a hog hunt. I know shot placement is going to be the key thing, but what are your recommendations for ammo? I've got 55grn fmj on hand as well as 60grn nosler partition, 60grn vmax, and 68grn hollow points. If none of these fit the bill I'll gladly go pick something else up on the way out.
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:34 AM
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Re: 5.56 hog ammo

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Ive got an assortment of larger calibers but I'm considering taking my ar this weekend on a hog hunt. I know shot placement is going to be the key thing, but what are your recommendations for ammo? I've got 55grn fmj on hand as well as 60grn nosler partition, 60grn vmax, and 68grn hollow points. If none of these fit the bill I'll gladly go pick something else up on the way out.
Out of what you have I'd say the partition. As you say placement is the key, as I have a friend that shoots them with a 17HMR as thats all he is allowed to carry outside of normal hunting season (no centerfire).
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:08 PM
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Re: 5.56 hog ammo

Go with the Partition

But in the future you can check out extream shock ammunition they sell loded rounds and bullets.
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:32 PM
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Re: 5.56 hog ammo

Thanks for the feedback. I bought the partition (black hills) a few months ago with this in mind. I'll give it a try. The Extreme Shock looks like good stuff, I will have to order some of that if Cabela's doesn't have it on hand.
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:28 AM
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Re: 5.56 hog ammo

I have literally killed more than I can remember with the 55fmj at close range out of my SR15. Just hit them low behind the shoulder and the will only be able to run a very short distance before the lungs fill with blood and they go down. When possible I try and double tap them. At ranges over 100 yards IMHO the larger calibers are more desirable.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:35 AM
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Well, it didn't matter. Lots of rutting, but nothing too fresh and not a hog to be seen Sunday afternoon through dusk Monday for me. One of our bunch saw a group of 10 or so this evening, but too far to take a shot with the rifle he was toting and it was too close to dark to try to get in closer.

Good info Hoss Boss. Looks like we're practically neighbors! I'm in Flower Mound. This weekend I was south of Athens over in the edge of the piney woods. Most shots would be under 100 yards. Ironic to be looking for this info on longrangehunting.com, I guess.

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Old 11-25-2008, 07:51 PM
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spitstickler, I settled on the 62gr SS109, IMI or Brit. I haven't found any U.S. M855. They exit and blow lungs, guts, etc out the exit hole. If you want to drop them where they are, a head shot does it, or centerpunch the shoulder. It will take out their front wheels and vitals too. The longest shot I've made so far is 140 yds behind the shoulder. Had to do a coup de grace, but the hog was down and couldn't get up. I haven't killed anything over about 100-125 lbs with the AR, but would take on a big hog with it and just hammer down on him. I figure if they leak bad enough, they'll go down.

I've tried a FN and M1A, but the AR gives faster follow-up shots on a bunch of hogs that are going nuts. If you use a scope, stay under 4 power. Otherwise you may not be able to see more than one at a time when they scatter.

Small world. I've got family in Double Oaks.

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