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Old 07-26-2012, 05:29 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

I grew up hunting off a boat on the Ocmulgee river in Georgia for hogs. We used to just drift down with the current early in the morning and pop them with a .22 behind the ear or behind and below the shoulder. The biggest Hog I've ever killed with a .22 was about 210 lbs and was shot behind and slightly below the left ear while slightly quartering away.

The biggest hog I've ever shot was right around 500 lbs. My uncle was about 1/3 of a mile away and I heard his 30-06 go off. About 2 minutes later this huge boar comes stumbling through the bush leaking like sieve from a gut shot. I took him directly through the ear with a .308 and he stayed put. My uncle had a misfire and the boar took off when he heard the click of the firing pin. He managed to catch him in the belly right below his right lung with a through and through shot. If he'd run a different direction I'm not sure we'd have taken him home that day.

We had to field dress him where he was and it took 2 ATV's to pull him the 1/2 mile back to the truck.

It's all about shot placement, I've downed hundreds of Hogs with a .22 but it was at less than 65 yards and almost all were well placed shots.

I prefer to take smaller 80-140 lb. hogs because they tend to taste better, the 500 lb. hog was pretty much rancid.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:09 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

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I grew up hunting off a boat on the Ocmulgee river in Georgia for hogs. We used to just drift down with the current early in the morning and pop them with a .22 behind the ear or behind and below the shoulder. The biggest Hog I've ever killed with a .22 was about 210 lbs and was shot behind and slightly below the left ear while slightly quartering away.

The biggest hog I've ever shot was right around 500 lbs. My uncle was about 1/3 of a mile away and I heard his 30-06 go off. About 2 minutes later this huge boar comes stumbling through the bush leaking like sieve from a gut shot. I took him directly through the ear with a .308 and he stayed put. My uncle had a misfire and the boar took off when he heard the click of the firing pin. He managed to catch him in the belly right below his right lung with a through and through shot. If he'd run a different direction I'm not sure we'd have taken him home that day.

We had to field dress him where he was and it took 2 ATV's to pull him the 1/2 mile back to the truck.

It's all about shot placement, I've downed hundreds of Hogs with a .22 but it was at less than 65 yards and almost all were well placed shots.

I prefer to take smaller 80-140 lb. hogs because they tend to taste better, the 500 lb. hog was pretty much rancid.
He was rancid since he ran so far and was gut shot.

Drop a big hog DRT and get them cut up and cooled down fast and they eat great.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:58 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

I was a range rider for Lykes Brothers years ago and we had to dispatch at least 200 of them a year. Many of these were with a 22 LR pistol with an ear hole shot. Never had one get away. However, this is far from ideal for some one that pays for a hunt or the ocasional hunter for them. I have found that any reasonable rifle for deer with the proper weight or constructed bullet will work wonderful on a hog under 300 lbs. This includes the 30-30, 308 and up, 270 , 7-08 and up, 44 mag and up ( 357 will work if careful). They are tough but not bullet proof. More attention should be taken as to placement and bullet construction. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:25 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

I've killed close to 300 hogs. More than half of them were taken by .223 from a mini 14, many from a 25-06, and they seem to drop no matter where a 300wsm hits em'. It's been my experience that they drop a little easier than a deer, even those nearing 300lbs. As far as the 22-250 goes, I know a guy that killed a nilgai at over 300 yards with one and I know its plenty for a hog.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:46 AM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

I've shot hogs apretty good bit,A few hundred I'd say using alot of different rounds from 22Mag ,223,243 ,25-06,270win,308,300mag, 357mag,45acp,454.

Thats just a few,TOO tell you the truth,The Very best way to kill hogs is with Good hits. Shot placement is where its at.Yes they're tuff but they aint bullet proof.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:08 PM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

I have the perfect hog caliber 45/70 boom! its dead!
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:36 AM
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Re: How much Energy is needed to take an hog ?

Human kill something that carries a 1000 foot pounds of energy at the distance you are shooting a 100 yards or to 500 yards. Sad to let an animal suffer any kind of animal.......
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