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Old November 12th, 2016, 10:04 AM   #1
 
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I generally carry my 45 in the woods, but have some new stomping grounds, that includes wild hogs and lots of deer. Hogs seem to be spreading here and tearing up the area really bad in places.
So I plan to now carry my 41 Bisley in case I run across some hogs that think I shouldn't be in their home.
It has a 7.5 in barrel, and having never shot hogs before, need to know about my ammo selection.
I plan on using 230 hard cast (keith) from Buffalo Bore or Underwoods for hogs, and Hornady XTP HP, or Remington HTP SP, both in 210 gr for deer.
I thought about the 265 gr hard cast, but not sure it's really needed.
The HTP doesn't have the velocity of the XTP, so thinking the XTP would be the better option, and might even work for hogs in a pinch.
I don't want to end up with several brands and bullet types, want to stay with a couple that will do most everything I need to do. And I don't reload anymore, so off the shelf is my plan.



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Old November 12th, 2016, 11:32 AM   #2
 
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I think your choices are good. The 265 grain pill, with its higher SD, might be a bit better for penetration, but it's probably more than you need unless you're hunting for big boars.
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Thanks,, I don't know the size of the hogs, but there seems to be a lot of them. Maybe I will pick up a box of the 265s just in case there are some monster boars in the area.
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Most of the hogs I've seen are small ones. Shot placement is much more important.
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The rifling in a isley may not stabilize a bullet as heavy as 265 grains in 41 mag.
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I agree with bwinters. When I tested several bullet weights a couple of years ago including the 265gr., all shot well out of my 5 1/2" Bisley except the 265's. Rugers' rifling twist is a little slower than most manufacturers of .41 Magnum.
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So is the 265gr the only weight that has the LWN bullet? I have saw mention of Federal Cast Core but finding it online is another story....
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Hogs are not that difficult to kill, but shot placement is important. They have a bony shield, (scapula), covered with gristle, that covers their lungs, and the older or larger they get the thicker it is. Their heart sits lower in the chest than a deer's, so aim about an inch behind the elbow of the front leg or between the ear and eye for a quick kill. Any of the bullets mentioned will work. At the ranges you encounter hogs, closer than you expect, bullet stability is not a problem............robin
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Hard cast to break the shoulder and drop it or a well constructed bonded bullet behind the shoulder for a nice expanding wound channel. I like federal fusion 210 grain. I think the beefier .41 rounds are unnecessarily hot for your average wild hog.
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