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Old 05-24-2009, 04:29 PM
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First time Florida Hog hunter with questions on rifle caliber choice

The wife and I are thinking of trying our hand at Florida hog hunting. Most will be stalk hunting in relatively dense brush with some clearings here and there. Probably have our best chances at them at dawn and dusk.

She already is set up, I think, pretty well - a Tikka T3 Lite in 6.5x55 with a Zeiss 3.5-10x50 with Zplex reticle. Good punch and penetration, light recoil.

I have a Tikka T3 Lite in .223, but don't know if that is a little weak for this application. I reload and have a wide selection of bullets, so if the .223 with a heavier bullet would do the trick on Florida hogs, that would save me some money! I also have a Tikka M695 Whitetail Hunter in .30-06, but it is quite a bit heavier than the T3 Lites.

I do have a number of ARs in .223 and .300-221 (Whisper) - the 8" barreled .300-221 is nice and lightweight as well.

I was considering getting either a T3 Lite in .308 or 7mm-08. The 7mm-08 intrigues me due to the lighter recoil and ballistics of the cartridge, and would assume it would handle hogs quite well.

It will more than likely sport a Weaver Classic Extreme 2.5-10x56 with illuminated reticle - yes, a bit big and heavy, but I think a perfect choice for low-light and brush shooting. I could go with a 1.5-4.5x24 illuminated reticle version of the Weaver as well, and have some other Zeiss scopes, too, but I like the idea of maximum light transmission from the Weaver.

Thoughts, comments, and opinions welcome!

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Old 05-25-2009, 03:51 AM
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Re: First time Florida Hog hunter with questions on rifle caliber choice

I just got in from hog hunting. It was the first time I got to use my 300/221 AR to shoot at something besides paper and steel. I managed to shoot one hog. She wasn't very big but the bullet was impressive. We were hunting at about 11 pm and it was dark enough that we couldn't really see the hogs at 25 yards, so I lit them up with a flashlight and shot a small sow. I was using M118LR 175g bullets running just under 1600 f/s and when I hit this sow in the left rear leg it went all the way through the body and out the right front shoulder. She didn't move 10 feet. Total penetration was 14-16 inches. I'm going to be using the 300/221 AR for hogs again. Great fun!
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:19 AM
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Re: First time Florida Hog hunter with questions on rifle caliber choice

Excellent - my 8" barreled one should be pretty light-weight with FF handguards - I like the idea of using a semi-auto with heavy bullets loaded down for 250 yard max shots, which makes sense against hogs.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:15 AM
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Re: First time Florida Hog hunter with questions on rifle caliber choice

grey use what you have, I have killed hundreds of hogs through depredation permits using a 22 hornet and 46 grain hollow points, I have also shot them with 223, 243 and 300WSM. The smaller rifles be really precise in your shots, I like a brain or neck shot with anything I am shooting for hogs, they are very touh but easily killed with this shot.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:23 AM
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Re: First time Florida Hog hunter with questions on rifle caliber choice

Do you load your whisper for subs, or supersonic? I would think that a big bullet subsonic would be fine, and less chance of scaring the others away. And I just really want to hear more about pig whispering
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:21 AM
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Do you load your whisper for subs, or supersonic? I would think that a big bullet subsonic would be fine, and less chance of scaring the others away. And I just really want to hear more about pig whispering
I can do both - I may try the subs - a 220 grain SMK bullet loaded at about 1050 fps.
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:20 AM
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Re: First time Florida Hog hunter with questions on rifle caliber choice

REALLY want a whisper, but don't know how they sound without a suppressor.
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