Boar hunting

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Iron Worker, Jun 11, 2004.

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  1. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2004
    270 WSM 140 accubond about 3,200 fps.Would this be good enough for Boar?How far?
  2. Pete Lincoln

    Pete Lincoln Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Yes, that will do nicely for boar.. distance? as far as you can accurately hit the vital zone. Pete
  3. Jeff In TX

    Jeff In TX Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2003

    We hunt wild pigs here in Texas with just about any centerfire rifle. We've also learned there is not better shot on a wild hog than a head shot right behind or below the ear. They drop in there tracks and there is no loss of meat.

    This past fall a buddy killed a 250 lb true russian boar. True russians will have a very thick plate under their skin on there sides to protect them when they are fighting. This boars plate was well over an inch+ thick. After the boar was skinned, we hung the hide on a post and shot it with a .243. Not sure of the bullet used, but the bullet did not make it through the plate and the tip of the bullet was justing sticking out the other side.

    That was one tough plate, though the boar dropped in his tracks from the head shot.

  4. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2001
    I've heard a lot about the grissle plate on the big boars, that's why I used a 300gr Swift A-Frame fired from my 454 when I went hoggin'.

    The Swift bullet hit a 300+lb boar just behind the shoulder. The bullet blasted through the heavy plate and clean out through the other side. Mr. piggy ran about 35yds and piled up. It looked like a blood bath the whole way.

    I can't imagine that any big game cartridge, using a tough bullet, wouldn't be adequate for big russian boars.

    If you intend on shooting a boar in the head, many guys claim that a .223 bullet placed between the eye and ear is all that anyone will ever need.

  5. Pete Lincoln

    Pete Lincoln Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Yep that is a good place to hit boar, head right behind/below the ear, the good thing with pigs is that their heads aint constantly liable to change position like a deer's head does, and it is the only sure way to drop a pig on the spot. Ive shot pigs through the boiler room that have gone some incredible distances. If you are gonna shoot em in the shoulder make sure you use enought gun with a tough enough bullet. Minimum caliber considered suitable for boar (and the legal minimum limit) is 6.5x55. I had good results with a 450 marlin for close in work, i'm just rebarreling a 270 win to 9.3x62 for just for shooting boar with. That should suit em wherever they stand.
  6. genecole

    genecole Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    The head shot is an excellent choice for hogs. My dad shoots a 257 WBY mag and uses 115 TSX's. He shot a 225lb boar the other day right on the shoulder at about 125yds. It blew completely through both shoulders and armor plates. I prefer the premium bonded bullets when going after hogs.
    Gene Cole III
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Your combo will be fine as long as the shot is broadside or frontal. The range will basically be as far as you are confident of placing the shot in a 6" circle over the shoulder /lung / heart area.
    Like a lot of 4 legged game,pigs hearts are very low in the chest cavity. Because of this I favour the shoulder shot. Delivered in the right spot it just collapses them!
    The perfect placement is on a vertical line with the front leg and a third of body depth at that point down from the back line.
    This will destroy both shoulders and spine.
    I don't shoot for meat - just pest destruction. I have been shooting them here in Australia for about 40 yrs [average about 150 per year] and my favourite all round caliber is .308W with 150gr. Most of the shooting on pigs here are running so we do not attempt many head shots. APB.

    [ 06-18-2004: Message edited by: aussie powder burner ]