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Old January 13th, 2017, 07:52 AM   #1
 
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A friend of mine has a small ranch just north of me and he has a severe hog problem , they have tore up several of his pastures. He has se up four box traps and a corral trap. Last Friday he called me and wanted me to come and help him run the traps and haul out a couple that he had shot the day before.

When we got to the second box trap there was a good size boar in it that was in the process of tearing it up. My friend ( who is an excellent pistol shot) walked up to the trap with a Glock 9mm loaded with +p hollow points and proceeded to shoot, it took 11 rounds to kill that hog. We then proceeded to the last trap where he had shot two of them the day before with his Glock. As we got to the trap to our surprise one of the hogs was up and running around. I took him down with my 45 with Hornaday self defence rounds, it took 3 to finish him. After pulling her out of the trap we could see where his 9 had hit her just above the left eye Probably knocking her out, my first round hit her a little high between the eyes and put her down. We do not like to see anything suffer so I put 2 more into her. After all that we decided a long gun would be with us from then on.

Now the part that I find hard to believe. Last night he called told me that he had been out running the traps and found 4 in the corral trap. This time he had his 870 loaded with 2 3/4 magnum double ought buck. At 8 to 10 yards that shot did nothing to but make them mad. He ended up going back to his 9 to finish them off.

Moral of this tale is: Them hog are tough, I was thinking my 223 would be better but now I am thinking 30-30.



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My grandpa killed many hogs with a 22lr never saw him take more than one shot.
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Well I know for a fact that a 12ga loaded with slugs shot at 50 yards will not kill a hog if you miss...
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For several years (in the distant past) I raised hogs with a friend at his farm. The first year he tried to put the first hog down with a 22 Mag. between the eyes . Didn't happen! And now we had one pissed off Yorkshier at about 225 lbs. running around in a confined area.
After that experience we decided to rope them by the hind legs, drag them to a lift( no easy task) pull them off the ground and slit their throats.That went a lot easier & the pigs suffered less from what we experienced.
Obviously you can't do that in this scenario so i guess you really have to make that 1st shot count. The fellow with the grandpa who could take them down with one shot had someone who knew the secret to doing just that.

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Best hog medicine I've found is .308
If you're gonna kill something, kill it ... as in right now
Yeah, they're wild pigs but I take no pleasure in any creature suffering.
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Yeah, they're wild pigs but I take no pleasure in any creature suffering.

Agree we don' want them suffering either, my 45 dropped him on the first shot but he lay there kicking that's whyI put two more in him. I know shot placement is the key to the whole thing but hogs jumping and running around make it a little harder. If I were hunting them I would be using a 30/06. Any way we both will be using something a lot bigger than a pistol in the future.
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The 9mm and .45acp would probably be more effective slaughtering penned hogs with fmj hardball rounds. Penetration to the brain or vitals is paramount, and as you've seen JHP's from standard handguns leave a lot to be desired. My hog handgun is my 7.5" Redhawk .44mag w/ 240gr JSP loads, and it has worked fine. People really can't believe how tough the wild boars (especially over 200lbs) can be. Buckshot needs to come from above (ever watched Heli-Hunter?) or in the pigs ear hole. My 165gr loads from my .30-06 usually take more than one shot unless I hit 'em in the head.
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Hog hunting is on my bucket list. From what I just read I guess I'll take an 06, or 308.
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The 9mm and .45acp would probably be more effective slaughtering penned hogs with fmj hardball rounds. Penetration to the brain or vitals is paramount, and as you've seen JHP's from standard handguns leave a lot to be desired. My hog handgun is my 7.5" Redhawk .44mag w/ 240gr JSP loads, and it has worked fine. People really can't believe how tough the wild boars (especially over 200lbs) can be. Buckshot needs to come from above (ever watched Heli-Hunter?) or in the pigs ear hole. My 165gr loads from my .30-06 usually take more than one shot unless I hit 'em in the head.

Thanks for your input, that is the kind of reply I was looking for.
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i'd like to take my 13yr old hog hunting with our .308's

mostly we'd like to go somewhere we can get after wild hogs (like yall are trapping) that are a nuisance and need to be removed from the area.

i have seen a couple places down in central WV that you pay to play, with lodging and meals, i guess this would be the best way to go about it.

i kind of wish we lived near where folks with the hog issues could use some good shooters and allowed you to hunt them to help them manage their properties... great place to spend a week with the pop-up and the kid.
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Hog hunting is on my bucket list. From what I just read I guess I'll take an 06, or 308.
I've taken more than a couple pigs with many different calibers including a bow.
What I've learned is that nothing is a sure thing. However shot placement is the key. Your 06 or 308 are good choices, now practice and take your shot at the base of the ear for best chance of DRT.

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Well, one thing is that shot placement may have been lacking but what stands out to me is the ammo you two had chosen.
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heavy enough caliber and shot placement

Been hunting feral hogs since the 1980's. I started with pistol caliber carbines untill a 200 lb sow wanted a piece of me. After being laid up for 5 wks., I switched to my 7X57 and never a problem since. I have found that many newbies try to use the same POA as they use with deer, forget it! Behind the ear or a spine shot works much better. A .308, or a 7mm-08, would be perfect in my opinion.
Comparing shootin wild hogs in the open to penned tame ones is apples and oranges. A 200 +lb. wild hog with his cutters intact is a force to be reckoned with. Bowyer is right, you have to practice to ensure your hits are on the money, these guys aren't bambi. When wounded they'll turn on you almost everytime.

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Hollow point handgun loads are meant for self defense. You don't want full penetration beyond the target for safety reasons. They are just not ideal for large game hunting.

For hog hunting I use a heavy hard cast or a jacketed soft point. I haven't tried a FMJ / hardball, but they would probably work.

They are tough critters. I'd prefer a long gun of at least .30 or a .44/.45 handgun.

I wish we had pigs up here to hunt. Sounds like a fun problem.
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