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Old 09-15-2009, 04:11 AM
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Re: What weapon better to hunt hog

I have taken hogs with 357 Mag, 357 Sig, both 44 Spl & Mag, 22 LR, 223, 243, 30-30, 308, 7.62x39, 7.62x45, 7x57 and probably a cpl other rifle calibers I can't recall just now. They're not THAT hard to kill w/accurate shot placement.
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:08 AM
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Re: What weapon better to hunt hog

Guys, my brother has an AR-15 Bushmaster "Varminter", decent gun over 200 yards or so, could I get some pigs with it?

I would bring my 30-06 for backup, big pigs and head shots.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:45 AM
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Re: What weapon better to hunt hog

Outerspace, Accuracy is the word. Neck and ear hole shots are preferred if you want to drop them immediately. 30 cal for shoulder, neck, and ear. You don't want to stun them or just wound them because a large sow or boar will get you quick. Shoot straight and fast to get as many as you can.

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Old 10-04-2009, 03:55 PM
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Re: What weapon better to hunt hog

Thanks 21buck. I thought the semi auto feature on that AR may be of some use.

I am wondering why a neck shot is good. Also, would you not target the pumpstation (heart and lungs) like other animals?
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:05 PM
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Re: What weapon better to hunt hog

Some hogs, not all, have scar tissue which forms a type of armour plate over the shoulder. It takes serious penetration to bust through it for a good heart / lung shot.

Shoot any hog right behind the ear and it will drop like a rock. Breaks the spine.

I would not count on the semi-auto AR-15 feature if you are on the ground in the woods, some hogs can take quite a few before going down ....
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:09 PM
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Re: What weapon better to hunt hog

Appreciate the info. I am starting to think these buggers may be best hunted from a stand. I don't like the idea of being charged.
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:20 PM
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Re: What weapon better to hunt hog

Outerspace,
a large boar can absorb a lot of bullet. i.e. 7mmmag 175 partition at less than a hundred yards took a shoulder shot that did not go thru, rather the boar charged in the direction of my stand and circled and died about 75 yards from where it was shot. The 7mm mag did not knock it down. It had a shield of 1.50" and 3.5" of razor tusks.
Be careful, the first shot counts the most. After that shoot as straight as possible at good targets.

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