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Old March 13th, 2012, 07:39 AM   #1
 
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7.62x39mm for Hunting Hogs??

Up to now I have been shooting my Mini-30 at fruit and other inanimate targets. The rounds are either FMJ or SP in the 123-125 gr. sizes.

We have just signed for a September Hog Hunt, with my wife planning to use the Mini-30 as her 'prime' rifle. I have about 200 rounds of Tula 154 gr SP ammo. Would there be any advantage to using the heavier bullets on these Feral Hogs (minimum Shooting size is 200 lbs.). Typical shots are under 100 yards..
Anyone had any experience with 7.62x39 HUNTING Ammo??? Any advice will be appreciated.
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The rounds are either FMJ or SP in the 123-125 gr. sizes.
Feral Hogs (minimum Shooting size is 200 lbs.). Typical shots are under 100 yards..
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Never used that cartridge, but have some experience with feral hogs. According to Wikipedia, the 7.62 is a bit less potent than the good ol' 30-30. The 30-30 is fine for pigs, but I'm surprised by your stipulation regarding the MINIMUM size of 200lbs. That's a pretty big pig, and I would pass on that size for eating, unless of course, it had been caught and cut when young, if you know what I mean.
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No NOGGIES,Means better tasing meat,witnessed a hog taken with 7.62x39 FMJ out of a single shot Hog went about 30 feet and dropped 250 lbs,good luck hunting
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There's no real advantage to the 154 grainers, just slip it behind the shoulder and most anything will do nicely. We regularly kill them with the 64 gr powerpoints in AR 15's and they drop like a stone.
I would think the primary factor would be which is more accurate, that's the one I would use.
Al, ya could go old school with a Bowie knife and a couple of good dogs, fun but messy.
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i would use a different ammo than tula for hunting. Several makers make good huntin loads for 7.62x39 and I would use those not tula. The rounds in question cost comparably to any 30-30 or such and I would feel far more comfortable with hornady or remington etc than tula.
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Never seen a hog taken but many guys around here take deer with the 7.62x39 round all the time with any good SP, i personally don't think one of the bigger name brands will kill them any deader as long as the Tula's always go bang. My neighbors ranch buffalo and i've seen their son shoot several with his SKS, pop anything behind the ear and it'll die, which is the prefered shot on a buff, or take a good lung shot and they will quickly perish. A buffalo might not be as tough as a big hog but they are dang big critters and from what i've seen on them i would hunt hogs with one in a heartbeat.
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I agree with her earlier sentiment.
There is other 7.62x39 ammo made for hunting that would be great for hogs
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I agree with her earlier sentiment.
There is other 7.62x39 ammo made for hunting that would be great for hogs

The only possible problem with the Ruskie ammo is that they are made to milspec, that means hard primers which is needed in the AK's. Sometimes the Mini 30's don't much like the hard primed ammo and might give the occasional failure to go pop! The bullet itself expands as well as Winchester or Hornady so if a particular Minibanger shoots it reliably it is as good as any other M-43 type.
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I'D want something heavier, but if your wife can hit well with the Mini-30, then that's the one to use. Alternating a good Soft Point with FMJs in the magazine would give you two responses to a hog that won't shut down. If the SPs expand before going deep enough, the FMJs may be able to penetrate something vital, deeper inside the animal.
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Well average man now day weighs about the same as a hog, 7.62X39 used in a AK takes a man down so why not? I think it would do the job quit well.
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The average man isn't sporting hard-to-penetrate gristle-plates, nor tusks, nor four legs, nor lightning reflexes. There's a definite downside to not being able to stop an agitated boar. We ALL hope that it falls where it is with one good shot from an appropriate rifle, but we ALL know about Murphy's law, as well. JMO

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Our Hunt is not until Mid-September, so we have plenty of time to work out the details.

I used a 147 gr SP 308 on a 125 lb hog last summer. It moved about 10 feet forward after the hit, but that was it. Down and out !! My second hog , just a little over 100 lbs was hit by a one-oz slug from my Saiga S-12 at about 75-80 yards. The hit lifted that pig up and dropped it without any other movement on the pig's part. HOWEVER, that slug did some real serious damage to the two shoulders of that pig. We lost a lot of meat with the slug-damage.

This time I will be using my Win. Model 100 .308...probably with 165 or 180 gr SP ammo. No 12 ga slugs this time. Jan will have the Mini-30 with the ammo selection to be made as we learn more about what is available.

The guide calls the shot, meaning we are limited to Sows in the 200-400 lb range...one for each of us. We have processed several hogs (Boars and Sows) in the last few years, so meat treatment is something we know a bit about. The Smokehouse will be ready, and the slow-cookers also on standby to do the 'pulled pork prep !! They do all the butchering for us, so we anticipate a bunch of ground meat in addition to some of the more traditional cuts. I am looking forward to smoking some good Jowl-Bacon also.
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The average man isn't sporting hard-to-penetrate gristle-plates, nor tusks, nor four legs, nor lightning reflexes. There's a definite downside to not being able to stop an agitated boar. We ALL hope that it falls where it is with one good shot from an appropriate rifle, but we ALL know about Murphy's law, as well. JMO
Lots of hunters on utube didn't seam to have any trouble taking big boars with 7.62X39 , even small as a 223 works if you buy Winchesters Razorback XT, rounds make for boar hunting.

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There's no real advantage to the 154 grainers, just slip it behind the shoulder and most anything will do nicely. We regularly kill them with the 64 gr powerpoints in AR 15's and they drop like a stone.
I would think the primary factor would be which is more accurate, that's the one I would use.
Al, ya could go old school with a Bowie knife and a couple of good dogs, fun but messy.
What Kkb said. My hunting buddies and I have taken pigs with .17HMR, .22lr, .22 mag, and .222/5.56. Most recently a hunting buddy and I got after about 50 hogs. He was shooting his SKS with a red dot scope and me with my M4 223.

The key is hunting with what rifle caliber the hunter is most confident in shooting and hitting where aiming.

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They do all the butchering for us, so we anticipate a bunch of ground meat in addition to some of the more traditional cuts. I am looking forward to smoking some good Jowl-Bacon also.
Mayor, you have my mouth watering.

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I am not really ready to do a rodeo-rider act with a knife and my Scottish Terriers chasing a hog thru the swamps. I'd rather have a blind, a cooler and a mud hole about 50 yards away.
I am looking forward to doing a couple of days at my in-laws farm doing some serious target grouping with these two rifles. I know my 308 pretty well, but I haven't shot it all winter...so it is time to get it zero'd and 'warmed up'. The Mini-30 is new to us, and the new thumbhole stock is new to it and to us...so both of us have a lot to learn about the quirks of shooting it.

Luckily we have all summer to practice before the gun-action time comes. we will post updates as we get closer to the day.
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