What weapon better to hunt hog

Discussion in 'Hog Hunting' started by nate-lab, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. nate-lab

    nate-lab Well-Known Member

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    What is better to hunt hog with a Bow, Shotgun, Rifle or Pistle
    i am thinking about going hog hunting this year and need to know what to bring
     
  2. esshup

    esshup Well-Known Member

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    I think it all depends on what type of hog hunting you will be doing, and your expertise with each weapon. More details please!
     

  3. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    Depends on how many you want to kill. The bow is most sporting, pistol next, shotgun iffy, rifle deadly. In my opinion, nothing is more effective than a good semiautomatic rifle in .223 up to .30 cal. A variable power scope with a low bottom end magnification (2-3X) for large field of view when there is a bunch of them, and a top end of 7-9X for a single pig or longer range shots. Also my opinion, a match grade M1A with a good 3 x 9 scope is the best single weapon. A belt gun like a Gov't .45 makes a good back-up or close range weapon.

    Good hunting, kill as many as you can. Tom
     
  4. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Well-Known Member

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    By "belt gun" do you mean something you wear on your belt, or a belt-fed auto rifle?:D
     
  5. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    Hadn't thought about a belt fed rifle.....

    A couple of stories about pistols and shotguns though. I once emptied a clip of 10mm auto at 3 little shoats that never ran out of range without hitting any of them. That's when I started carrying a rifle all the time.

    Some friends of mine quail hunting in South Texas shot a big sow with a shotgun 3 times (birdshot). Put one eye out and really pissed her off. She chased one of them through mesquite bushes and prickly pear, trying to knock him down and bite him, until one of them (an ex-bullrider) shot her head-on with his shotgun at about 10 feet. It only knocked her out. Another one then juked her with his knife while she was down. One of them was carrying a pistol, but in the excitement, forgot he had it. Just as well. He probably would have hit the man being chased, not the hog. After the dust settled, it took 3 of them to light 1 cigarette, and the rest of the day to pick the cactus spines out of the Mayor. Some were in places he had to pick out himself. No one would help with those........... I knew I was right about the rifle.

    Tom
     
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    Just about any heavy hitting large .30 cal and up rifle does the trick... Me’…, I like my 1970 vintage top eject Win M94 in .44 mag; with 11 rounds of a good sold 250gr. Keith type bullet’s. The sight of choice are, Williams peep with “large aperture” As for my back up side arm; I carry an S&W M29 6.5” revolver with the same load as the rifle. As a holster I use an older front break Hoyt Police style holster, this makes for a very fast transition and draw from the holster if the weapon is needed, yet still comfortable to carry. Add two Safariland comp II speed loaders and you got pretty much all your ammo and weapons on tap.
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  7. cavtrooper94

    cavtrooper94 Well-Known Member

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    If you have problem pigs, and need them killed, you can't beat an AR-15. I prefer a 16 inch barrel for portability and quick shots. Although I use a 223, I would recommend at least one in the 6.8 SPC, but the 6.5 Grendel is a Hog's worst nightmare. Going with this platform can allow you to configure your weapon for close quick action, long shots, night or day.

    Kill em all, but leave me a couple, haha
     
  8. cjtoo69

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    I prefer broadheads. I've taken one with a 10mm revolver, but my son shot one with a 44 mag. and tracked him over three miles and had to shoot him 4 times to kill him. broadheads work like magic!
     
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    436 Well-Known Member

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    One, shot"..., .44 Mag'..., 3 miles'..., 4 more shots to kill him'..., I don't believe thats a caliber or bullet failure.
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  10. stxhunter

    stxhunter Well-Known Member

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    you could also use one of these but i wouldn't call it longrange [​IMG]
     
  11. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    stx, that's way to sporty for me, unless he's got bulldogs hanging all over him!

    Tom
     
  12. stxhunter

    stxhunter Well-Known Member

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    got to have good dogs thats for sure
     
  13. theodore

    theodore Well-Known Member

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    Shotgun? Heard of knifes, pistols, bows and rifle git r done.

    357 as a favorite for pistol due to penetration
    For rifle, it depends on the bullet selection. Just about any caliber will work.
     
  14. 21buck

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    I use bolt action rifles, in 243 to 308. The trick is to see how many you can kill before they are out of sight. In my area I usually hunt from a tree house intermittent large oaks with shots 0-325 yards. When confronted with a herd of hogs, I wait till they get bunched up or far away from the brush as possible. Picking out the largest one first in the ear or neck. Then the fun begins in 360 degrees each one trying his best not to get shot. AR platform is excellent way to clean up a number. The bolt rifle gives you 3, 4, 5 shots if you are an accomplished shooter you get the first one maybe a 2nd possibly a third, unless you have had the fortune to line up several and get more than one per shot! Patience and accurate shooting are necessary. Head on shooting is discouraged as the forehead is extremely hard and the bullet may not penetrate but only stun the hog till you walk up to it and it charges you.

    Good Luck on your hunt.