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doing my first hoghunt this year
« on: February 27, 2008, 12:18:59 AM »
What's the best gun? I've never seen one in the wild I don't know how big they get. All I got is a 30-06 , .40 pistol , 20 guage, and .22. I'll be hunting in AR and my uncle has an entire arsenal with .243s, .17 HMRs, 300 mags and really just everything else. Would it be wise to take a sidearm in case a pig charges at me? I'm buying a taurus judge as a field side arm when it comes to hunting. #4 should splat his brains if he tries me.  They got a feral hog problem on the family farms down there by Ft. Smith and I'm pretty sure its legal to shoot them on site. I've heard feral bacon is the food of the gods? God I love bacon, it is going to be the death of me.  :)   sometimes the smell of cooking bacon is the only reason I wake up before 8 on weekends.
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Re: doing my first hoghunt this year
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008, 12:42:16 AM »
 Hmmmm.. #4 on a hog ? If you're considering carrying it loaded with a 410 shot shell... DON'T !! You'll just piss him off more and loose precious running/climbing time tryin to defend yourself. Any of the centerfires will be fine, even the 20 if loaded with slugs.
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Re: doing my first hoghunt this year
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008, 02:16:57 AM »
Yeah, that #4 would just piss off a hog of any size bigger than a piglet. If you're gonna bring the judge, use .45 Long Colts. Leave the .17 at home, too. If it were me, I'd use the .243. Hogs aren't that tough to kill (though I've never had the opportunity to get one myself so I'm armchair hunting here. :roll: ) unless you're trying to punch through the shoulder and/or don't REALLY know the layout of a hog's anatomy.

Here are some anatomy pictures I've notated a bit for you. Notice how the grissle plate sits. Also, notice how low in the chest the heart sits and how the spine runs through the middle of the body completely unlike any other anatomy I've seen.
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Re: doing my first hoghunt this year
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2008, 08:42:32 AM »
Informative pics.  :)Thanks

Re:which one to take,   take the 30-06 with controlled expansion bullets. You don't have to put out big $$ for ammo,the Rem CorLokts are just fine, I do not recommend the W-W Powerpoints for that .....  and the handgun
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Re: doing my first hoghunt this year
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2008, 12:59:59 AM »
Thx I'll opt for penetration with at least the 243. i might carry the .40 since its very compact and 40s are good at penetrating. Do feral pigs usually travel in packs like velociraptors?
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Re: doing my first hoghunt this year
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2008, 02:37:26 AM »
Do feral pigs usually travel in packs like velociraptors?

... ??? ;D ROCK ON! Thanks for the laugh. I needed it. O0 I think the actual term used is herd, but yeah, they can, but not always.
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Re: doing my first hoghunt this year
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2008, 08:18:43 AM »
Do feral pigs usually travel in packs like velociraptors?
... ??? ;D ROCK ON! Thanks for the laugh. I needed it. O0 I think the actual term used is herd, but yeah, they can, but not always.

I'll have to agree with Ks. O0  Thanks for the laugh! ;D  LMFAO!!!! ;D

Seriously though, if I were you I would take the .30-06.  It's always better to have more gun than not enough.  And with not having been hog hunting before, the .30-06 will give you a little more room for error. O0
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Re: doing my first hoghunt this year
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2008, 10:04:53 AM »
The .243 isn't really noted for penetration unless you put a trick bullet in it.

Having said this I was presuming you are not looking to shoot just very young porkers that fit on a BBQ in one piece.

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Re: doing my first hoghunt this year
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2008, 10:31:26 AM »
Great pictures, Ks_!
I use a .243 with Rem CoreLok bullets for hog hunting.
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Re: doing my first hoghunt this year
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2008, 10:51:21 AM »
I was thinking that the 30-06 would be a little too much gun for pig but you are prolly right, i've never seen a wild one. My gramps has a razorback in his farm and he is about the size of a normal pig. God he's scary though when you go into the pen to feed him. I've had to jump up the fence more than once. there is real thick brush down there unless you're in a cow pasture, so I do needa heavy hitting rifle. .270, .280, .257? I'd have no prob using the '06 however I don't know how big they'll be... according to my unk they vary in size greatly.  If it can kill a deer it has to be able to kill a pig.
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