What have you shot a hog with?

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  1. KJQ6945

    KJQ6945 LSB Member

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    Ok, I'm new here, but I get the general consensus of 6.8 is the norm, .308 is awesome, and 5.56 will work, if that's all you have. But let's dig a little deeper.

    I collect evil black guns. The only blue and wood gun I think I own is a Winchester 101 20g for bird hunting.
    When I decided to go hog hunting, my big question was, what should I take?

    The guys that went with me, were as new to hog hunting as I was. We were going somewhere we had never been, to shoot something, we had never seen. Piece of cake. Hmmm, what should I take?

    Have a question? Consult YouTube. I have watched so many videos of hog hunting, that I feel like I know Todd Huey personally. BTW, the boy is getting big Todd. :)

    I have seen videos of hogs being shot with everything from .22 rim fires to .50 BMG. It didn't help. I left there with a desire to buy a .50 BMG.

    My big dilemma was, I can't suppress a .30 caliber rifle. I screwed up and bought a 5.56 can instead of .30 cal, years ago. That rules out buying a "proper" hog killing gun, before the trip.

    Here's where I embarrass myself. I filled out my 5320 form and brought 3 SBRs, 2 full size ARs, a .308 bolt gun, and only god knows how many pistols for a four day hunt. IMG_4111.PNG


    In the end, I shot pigs with two guns. The 16" Colt with the thermal, and the 10.3" Colt with a Aimpoint. The little Colt was for walking up to them after they were down. Hey, I'm from Indiana, I was a little nervous. We don't have 200 pound German Shepards running loose up here, that want to eat your ass!

    I brought an HK UMP in .45acp, thinking, hey, we will be in stands, it will be perfect for 50 yards. My first pig was from a stand at 50-60 yards, in daylight, but I brought the thermal that night. The following two nights, I brought the HK, but saw nothing before the sun set.

    It's my one regret. I wanted a hog with a .45 SBR.
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    So what odd caliber or gun have you used.
     
  2. Jhop

    Jhop LSB Active Member SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    I started out killing pigs with a AR in 5.56 shooting 65gr sierra gamekings. Mover up to shooting them in the day with my M1A in 7.62x51. My night time pig gun is a 6.8 spc. I carry a .45 ACP for my sidearm.

    edit: I forgot for a year or more I used a bolt action .243 with a Gen 2+ Night Vision scope on it. My friends were amazed at how fast I could cycle the bolt and still stay on the pigs.
     
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  3. Brian Shaffer

    Brian Shaffer Pro Staff Third Coast Thermal SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Chopperdrvr Deep East Tx SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    .243 win
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    RattlesnakeDan San Antonio Texas LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    longbow. recurve, compound
    probably more but the point is..... to have fun. I have settled on the 6.8spc for my go-to gun, seems to do everything w/o asking much in return.
     
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    Chopperdrvr Deep East Tx SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    Sounds like the ideal woman.
     
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    Curly Shuffle LSB Active Member SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Tannerite!! No not really but one time in BAND CAMP!!:) But I saw it on the UTUBE and stayed at an Express one night!! BANG BANG!!
     
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    RattlesnakeDan San Antonio Texas LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    I don't always blow up pigs, but when I do...I use Tannerite. lol
     
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  10. KJQ6945

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    For you guys that have used .45acp, how did it perform? Were you using pistols, and what kind of ammo did you go with?
     
  11. Jhop

    Jhop LSB Active Member SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    I use a Kimber 1911 style handgun. Hollow points do not work very well. Seemed to me that the regular fmj's did a better job of killing the pigs.
     
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    theblakester Got a black belt in keeping it real. LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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  14. wigwamitus

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    If you want to use 5.56 try Barnes 62gr TSX.

    I've run it and mowed then down with it.
     
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    Pootie Santa Fe, TX LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    ARs in 5.56 with illuminated reticle, 6.8 with Photon, and .308 with thermal
    M1 Garand .30-06 iron sights
    so far... have a few more begging to get out of the safe and go too!
     
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    223, 22-250, 243, 6MM Rem, 6.5 G, 6.5x55, 270, 7x57, 280AI, 30-30, 308, 30-06, 358 win, 35 Whelen, 45 acp, 45 LC, 20 gauge shotgun, 12 gauge shotgun, snares and a couple with bows.
     
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  17. normAK

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    450 Marlin
    300 win mag
    308

    I guess I'm a firm believer in bringing enough gun....lol
     
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  18. KJQ6945

    KJQ6945 LSB Member

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    I had read the same about the hollow points. I just brought the FMJ for the .45
     
  19. KJQ6945

    KJQ6945 LSB Member

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    Thanks for the heads up, I'll give those a try for next time. I was fairly impressed with the 77gr Sierra's, only had one get back up.
     
  20. jglass

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    I use an AR 300 Blackout. Seems very effective. Setup with Pulsar Thermo.
    I'm going to try an AR 9mm, close range
     
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