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Old 12-24-2012, 12:33 AM
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Hogs on rimfire only WMA

I hunt a WMA close to my house that has loads of hogs on it but its rimfire only. I have a 17 hmr and 22 lr but im about to buy a 22 mag to hunt these hogs. Looking for the best possible bullet in 22 mag to hunt them with and have found 50 grain bullets but if i recall they were hollow points. Would these work or would i be better of with maxi mags in like 40 grain soft points or tmj
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:43 AM
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Re: Hogs on rimfire only WMA

I would think the hollow point would work. Only because you will have to shoot them in the ear or eye no matter what bullet you choose. I would do some searching online for the hardest bullet you can find. Good luck hunting.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:57 AM
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Re: Hogs on rimfire only WMA

Just a quick look led me to Winchester 40 gr fmj. I would go with these. You want as little expansion as possible. That round is way to small for pigs, but if thats all you can use then so be it. Just try and find the bullet that will provide the most penetration.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:32 AM
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Re: Hogs on rimfire only WMA

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Just a quick look led me to Winchester 40 gr fmj. I would go with these. You want as little expansion as possible. That round is way to small for pigs, but if thats all you can use then so be it. Just try and find the bullet that will provide the most penetration.
Best shoot the small 50lbs head shot only. I've kill pigs with a .22 before, in a pen, not wild hogs.

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:33 AM
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Re: Hogs on rimfire only WMA

Hi, I grew up in south Arkansas and have killed quite a few big boar hogs with nothing more that .22 shorts solids when that is all I had. Yes there are only a few spots like the spine to do this with but back then I was shooting a couple hundred rounds a day in practice. I usually used .22 LRs but one day I only had .22 shorts and a boar about 250 lbs attacked one of my grandfather’s cows so I killed him. First I broke his back legs down and then his neck by shooting for the soft disc areas in his spine since that was the only way with the .22 shorts. Using iron sights, growing up in the country, I learned how to shoot and the physiology of the wild hogs and Razorbacks where I grew up around, if for no other reason than survival. I found myself surrounded packs of wild hogs more than once while out squirrel hunting including once with my father. I had to shoot myself out of danger more than once.

I once killed an adult wild hog with a large bowie knife as that was all I had at the time at age 15. Oh, I was 6' 2" and 190 at the time by age 16 I was 6' 5" and 205.

In my experience you need the penetration of the solid.





Anatomy of the Wild Hog
There are many wild hogs lost each year because they were gut shot! This was not because of careless shooting, but rather due to the hunter not understanding the anatomy of the wild hog. There is quite a difference in the location of the wild hog’s vitals, as compared to the deer. If the deer hunter uses the classic lung shot, used on deer, he will likely gut shoot the wild hog! By looking at the above diagram it will be obvious the vitals of the wild hog are well forward in the body cavity. You should also notice the location of the shoulder blade in reference to the head and neck. The ideal shot location is in the lower part of the shoulder blade area.


There are many shooters that profess their choice of the head/ear location for their shot. While it is true any hog can be killed quickly with something as small as a .22 Rim fire Short in the ear if the muzzle is close, there are hogs lost each year that the hunter tried a head/ear shot. Yes, the hog died later from bleeding, but ran quite a distance. This happens more with high velocity rounds that fragmented on the head meat/fat, especially with rounds like the .22 Rim fire Magnum and such.


It should be noted that there is a great deal of difference in hunting from a tree stand and being on the ground. The tree stand hunter, being elevated, can place his shot more precise. In this situation, the head/ear shot may be justified. However, if the hunter is on the ground, the shoulder shot is best,

as it will also break up the hog’s movement. That can be very important if the hunter is dealing with a dangerous boar hog!

Here is a skull of a large, and dangerous, Tusker Boar Hog! The brain is located above a line between the eyes and the back of the skull. Note how small this area is compared to the overall size of the skull! This brain area size is relative to the size of the hog. The area ahead of the eyes to the snout consists of nothing but pulpy sinus bone and has no major blood vessels. A large boar hogs shot in this area will do one or two things, escape or cut the hunter very bad! The hog, shot in this area, will show no nerve shock from the hit!

The mature wild boar hog has a hard gristle like shield over his shoulder area. This combined with fat, causes less blood trails. I have seen the soft 12 gauge “Foster” type rifled slug flatten out on a 400 pound boar hog’s shoulder!







Never Underestimate Wild Boar


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Old 01-29-2013, 08:49 PM
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Re: Hogs on rimfire only WMA

I had an old friend from ruidoso make set of seating dies for the .22mag. We'd pull the crap lead bullets and reseat with his die a Sierra matchking .223. Using a 16" Thompson contender it'd chrono 1750 and group 3" at 150. It has killed many of everything over the years. It is such a delight to carry at just under 5lbs. scoped. It especially loves hitting a hog behind the ear.
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I had an old friend from ruidoso make set of seating dies for the .22mag. We'd pull the crap lead bullets and reseat with his die a Sierra matchking .223. Using a 16" Thompson contender it'd chrono 1750 and group 3" at 150. It has killed many of everything over the years. It is such a delight to carry at just under 5lbs. scoped. It especially loves hitting a hog behind the ear.
That sounds like it would be a great idea and glad it worked. Being a rimfire trying to reload it would be dangerous thought, still I would like to do it.
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