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Old 04-16-2012, 09:01 AM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

same here i use my AR with 55gr soft points for 90% of the hogs i shoot.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:46 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

any round with a thousand pounds of energy on impact is good enough, but every once in awhile you might run into a really big porker. Nothing drops a hog like a good old Marlin .444 with solid nosed bullets (265 and 300 flat nosed solids). You hit him, and he's right where you hit him. But even a generic 30-30 will get the job done
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:27 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

It's been said in this thread and I suspect most other threads dealin' with how much is enough. Shot placement, shot placement, shot placement!!!! My family has a fairly good sized ranch in the rolling plains of TX. We shoot hogs year round, so I think I can give a qualified answer. 223's & 22-250's will slay em if the shot is good. I shot a big boar head-on right under the eyes @ 75yds with a 300WM & all it did was break his nose & royally chap his *****. I've also FLATTENED em with an AR15. I shoot 150-200 hogs a year that aren't trapped. We also trap a bunch. Our traps are ovals that are about 30yds long. We use 1 1/4oz 12ga #4 pheasant loads to kill trapped hogs because they're deadly up close & they're relatively cost effective.Caught 380-385 hogs in 2 1/2 months last winter. My point is it doesn't take a howitzer to kill hogs if you can shoot.Just my experience & my 2 cents
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:14 AM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

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It's been said in this thread and I suspect most other threads dealin' with how much is enough. Shot placement, shot placement, shot placement!!!! My family has a fairly good sized ranch in the rolling plains of TX. We shoot hogs year round, so I think I can give a qualified answer. 223's & 22-250's will slay em if the shot is good. I shot a big boar head-on right under the eyes @ 75yds with a 300WM & all it did was break his nose & royally chap his *****. I've also FLATTENED em with an AR15. I shoot 150-200 hogs a year that aren't trapped. We also trap a bunch. Our traps are ovals that are about 30yds long. We use 1 1/4oz 12ga #4 pheasant loads to kill trapped hogs because they're deadly up close & they're relatively cost effective.Caught 380-385 hogs in 2 1/2 months last winter. My point is it doesn't take a howitzer to kill hogs if you can shoot.Just my experience & my 2 cents
Just a thought, but a good east Tennessee hog might weight in at 350lb. They can move a lot faster than most folks realize. Shots are often in the brush and thickets, and if you wound him you might be in trouble. A generic 30-30 will do the job plent well. But as I said a 265 grain slug will anchor him right there. Even a deer slug works very well. I know more than one guy that walks with a limp over a wounded hog. So I think of starting with something like a 35 Remington and moving upwards
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:28 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

We hog hunt alot and yes I have killed a bunch with a AR-15 but they were Green Tips and head shots close to the base of the ear. Since we started hog hunting alot, I have fallen out of love with the 223. All these guys talking about exact shot placement are hunting in a blind over a feeder. When we hunt out of a Jeep and walking, you have to take alot of running shots and 22's and bolt guns go out the window. I usually hunt with a HK-91 or PTR-91 G.I. and I'll use a RPK. The smallest I'll go with now is a 6.8 SPC and Accubonds. A hog wounded with a 223 will run a long way and then you have to go after him on his terms. I prefer DRT. I have had a 62 gr. 223 round not even get thru the shoulder, just saw a puff of pink when I hit him. He stumbled and I got a quick head shot because I had a semi-auto, but the first shot just blew a big chunk out of his shoulder but did not get thru to the vitals. I got 3-hogs last Saturday morning and with my late season does I had boned out in the freezer, I picked up 365lbs of smoked sausage this morning.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:55 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

What do you do with 365 pounds of smoked sausage?!?
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:47 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

WELL YOU EAT IT. Our family loves it, and if you let the kids, they would eat it 3-meals a day. We had 242 lbs made in August 2011 and had to start rationing it after Christmas to make it to March. I'm going back in a couple of weeks and am trying to get enough for a couple hundred lbs of pan sausage. Wild pork or deer is some of the leanest and healthiest meat you can eat. And it sure justifies the hunts when you keep 3-freezers full, the bride never gripes about me going hunting.
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