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How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

 
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:32 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

I don't really put much stock in minimum energy numbers, what kills animals is disruption of vital organs. Shot placement is paramount, but citing the 22LR as having killed hogs overstates the case. First there are countless types of ammo out there that perform differently. Second even in controlled conditions (slaughter) they will fail at times. The fellow that processes ours is very reliable, but this year 5 shots for 4 hogs. I can't say how many before that worked perfect. A bullet has to penetrate to the vitals to matter. I might choose the 22-250 over some of the larger calibers dependent on the type of bullet chosen, but if all the choice is mine a well constructed bullet in bit more caliber would be preferred. A bit more margin for error.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:23 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

I have shot plenty of hog's here in texas the 22-250 is plenty of gun to get the job done !! use what ever caliber you feel comfortable shooting and have fun good luck.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:43 AM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

I just got a 200lb boar a couple weeks ago with a 30-30. Plenty of people around Georgia shoot right behind the ear with 5.56's and .243's. I've only had trouble punching through the shield with a 25-35 (obsolete caliber, I know) on a huge boar.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:50 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

Need? 15 ft/lbs or less. Thread in the ear. How much do you want? Enough to drop the animal that may come charging for your femoral artery.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:07 PM
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IMO of the biggest problems with killing 200 lb hogs and being able to find them up to a reasonable distance is when the shooter places his shot to close to center of the shoulder. These larger hogs have a much thicker and tough layer of cartilage than smaller hogs. I don't know how many hogs I have shot with a 30-06 and .308 usually 150 gr core lokts ( I know not the best hunting bullet ) in the shoulder at less than 100 yds and the bullet never exits or even makes very far in the other shoulder even on hogs around 150lbs. These shoulder shot hogs usually on make it 75 yds or less before they drop, but placing the bullet slightly farther back and getting into the vitals is your best bet. I have killed hogs with .22LR,.223,.243,25-06,.308,.30-06,.338 EDGE AI, and .357. Several of the hogs taken with the .22LR were 180-200lbs all these were head shots close to the eye and had some luck involved and sometimes more than one shot. 25-50yds close to the eye there seems to be a weaker part of the skull were the bullets will penetrate, anywhere else on the skull even the ear the .22LR seems useless, unless you are point blank. Lots of hogs caught in traps have got their .22LR headshot death this way. Every hog I have ever shot with the .223 that I can remember has been a head shot and all DRT. Anything bigger cartridge that I have tried will get the job done, shot placement is key. But as it goes in any situation, the larger the cartridge the more shot placement error is reduced.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:44 PM
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:10 AM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

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the guys I know in Texas say a 165 to 180..they are tough in a .3006, I have used a 165gr in a 7mag it worked the only problem as soon as the shooting started they went hiding.
What calibre are you using?
if you plan to take out the .22-250 stay home, all you will do is piss them off.
I am loading some 165 accubond, some bullets won't go deep enough to do any damage.
I don't remember the town in Texas but they have signs asking hunters to kill there wild hogs.
You most not shoot many hogs. I'm not saying big isn't better but not necessary. I use a 223 with 55gr soft point for about 90% of the hogs i kill and it puts them on there *****. i kill around 100-300hogs a year depending on the year. we just got done shooting a bunch with 12ga with #4 shot out of the chopper and #4 rolls them up as well. I would have liked to have a heavyer loads for the 12GA but thats what we had in the chopper at the time for shooting coyotes.
this one was shot with a 223 one shot dropped in his tracks. He is well over the weight ask about cutting close to 400#

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