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Old January 16th, 2017, 01:16 PM   #1
 
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Mini 30 pig hunt tomorrow!!

Hey guys it's been a while but I thought I'd drop in for some knowledge. I've never shot a pig and I'm going tomorrow to kill one. Gonna try to get one about 100-150 a sow if I can help it. I want to use my mini 30 with hornady 123gr SST and slip it right behind the shoulder. I've killed deer with the 30 but not with this ammo. I have just used 125gr soft point and had issue with them not mushrooming at longer ranges due to velocity drop and the Russian bi-metal jacket or so I suspect. Which led me to switch to SST. Rifle has tuned gas system, trigger, springs, etc wearing a Vortex strike eagle getting 1.5 moa 5 shot groups with the SST. I don't doubt my setup, she is a shooter, and I'm not doubting myself, but I wonder if it's best if I use my buddy's 30-06 for hogs and leave the dirty thirty at the house. With that being said I really want to bring down a hog with this rifle. Opinions please!
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Old January 16th, 2017, 01:29 PM   #2
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I like your setup. Looks great and practical. I'm not a hog hunter, but I see no reason why your dirty thirty wouldn't get the job done. Let us know how it goes!
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I can only attest to the 123 SST's performance on deer out of the CZ compact, but it works very very well. I would assume that translates to hogs just the same. I am about to get into hog hunting but I already have a go-to rig in my Remington 660 .243. I would bet it would work very well but I have zero experience on hogs, something I'm about to remedy.
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A hogs vitals are a little lower and farther forward than a deer and they're covered by a heavy cartilage shield that covers the chest and shoulders. I've killed a lot of hogs in my lifetime and I've found that shots at the base of an ear standing broadside produces quick kills. If that shot doesn't present itself, I look to break them down mechanically(shoulder shots). Usually requires a pretty stout bullet. Hogs can be like lead sponges and soak up a lot of lead before dying. Good luck on your hunt.
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Thanks guys, I'll take that base of the ear shot if I can. My buddy will be there so if it turns out to be a long shot I will reach for the 30-06. But I hope I can take one with the 30, that's the plan. I'll hopefully post a pic of a dead hog tomorrow.
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Make sure to study the kill zone on a pig it is different than a deer.

I'd have opted for some 154 grain soft point ammo for its higher sectional density.

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Make sure to study the kill zone on a pig it is different than a deer.

I'd have opted for some 154 grain soft point ammo for its higher sectional density.

I have some 125 soft point but they don't mushroom well. I have no doubt they would penetrate better though.
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good luck. many hogs are killed by 30 30s.
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Hogs are built tougher than deer. The SST is a fast expanding bullet, perfect for deer but not so much for hogs. The tougher 125gr JSP is a better choice. Try to get close. The ear-hole shot is great but it requires a still pig and a steady rest. I used to hunt with a .30-06 using 150gr Ballistic Tips. Awesome on deer, but I had several times where big pigs took several hits to stop. Switching to hand-loaded 165gr Speer Hot Cores (2850fps) gave me an effective killer for both species. Penetration through the gristle plate, bone, and dried mud caked on the hog's flanks might be too much to ask of the SST . Stick to pigs under 120lbs though and you should be fine. Good luck and have fun! Warning: Killing wild pigs is addictive
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Hey guys it's been a while but I thought I'd drop in for some knowledge. I've never shot a pig and I'm going tomorrow to kill one. Gonna try to get one about 100-150 a sow if I can help it. I want to use my mini 30 with hornady 123gr SST and slip it right behind the shoulder. I've killed deer with the 30 but not with this ammo. I have just used 125gr soft point and had issue with them not mushrooming at longer ranges due to velocity drop and the Russian bi-metal jacket or so I suspect. Which led me to switch to SST. Rifle has tuned gas system, trigger, springs, etc wearing a Vortex strike eagle getting 1.5 moa 5 shot groups with the SST. I don't doubt my setup, she is a shooter, and I'm not doubting myself, but I wonder if it's best if I use my buddy's 30-06 for hogs and leave the dirty thirty at the house. With that being said I really want to bring down a hog with this rifle. Opinions please!
Tactical Coyote your have a very fine Mini-30 there, you have also done a great job with your bullet choice. I think your rifle will work great, I have a Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle 188 series I have a barrel strut on mine and a older Redfield Widefield 2-7x32 scope on it & love this scope. I really like the Ruger Mini-14/30 series of rifles I would really like to get a Mini-30 like yours in 7.62x39 which is a much better round then the .300 Blackout!!! I will probably hear about that but I don't care. I think at least if a person wants a 7.63x39 the Ruger Mini-30 is a excellent choice. Hey good luck to you on your Hog Hunt your rifle will put a hog down no problem!!! BTW hi there Trigger Creep good luck to you as well on your Hog Hunting!!!
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While a mini-30 caliber wouldnt be my first choice, I think it will do fine on all but the big 250+ lb. boars. On small boars and sows, and medium sized sows, it will be fine at under 200 yards. The good thing about the mini-30 is that you can keep shooting until the hog is down. That would be my recommendation on any pig. Theyre not like deer, so shoot away and good luck. Should be a fun hunt.
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Yes, you can keep shooting with a semi-auto. The problem is that the pig might be doing 25mph through brush in low visibility. Hitting them hard with the first shot is key if you want to recover the pig for meat. The shows I see where the guys use "tactical" weaponry on pigs usually result in a lot of gunfire, but not all that many hogs in the truck.
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Well? Where are the pictures?
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I was wondering too.
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Nice looking rifle. How did the hunt go ?
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