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    Tinhorn
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    .45-70 for wild pigs

    As the title says, I have a .45-70 GS and want to know if it is a good gun to take hog hunting. I have other guns, but want to know if the Guide Gun is good, great, or pick another one. I am going to put Williams receiver sights on it anyway, but thought it might be a good set-up for that application.

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    Re: .45-70 for wild pigs

    "I have a .45-70 GS and want to know if it is a good gun to take hog hunting." OMG, I think you know the answer to that, from reading other posts. Can other calibers do the job? U bet. But, you're talkin about a supreme hog taker here! If you have it, use it. It will put a smile on your face. Go for it, buddy. You'll not be sorry!

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    Re: .45-70 for wild pigs

    Your 45/70 is a excellant hog gun. Just do not use Rem. or other light 300 gr. hollow point bullets. I use a Hornady 350 gr. FP bullets or cast 350 gr. bullets and they will punch all the way though a pig and drop him.
    A lot of the hog hunters also use 405 gr. for very good preformance on hogs. The only 300 gr factory bullet that will do the job is the Nosler Partition bullet. All other 300 gr. factory bullets are to light to bust though a hard shoulder.

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    Re: .45-70 for wild pigs

    I feel like the original poster is pulling our collective legs lol. But I will bite lol. Yes the 45-70 Howitzer is good for pigs lol. Pick a Hornady 350Gr or your choice of cast in the same weight range or heavier.

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    Re: .45-70 for wild pigs

    Might be a little underpowered in my opinion !
    I think you're good to go with almost any load in that rifle, unless your grunters are armour plated!
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    Re: .45-70 for wild pigs

    Between my lever gun and two single shots,I have killed quite a few hogs with my 45-70's. With all guns,all bullets have been handloads. My two single shots(actually one of them is my wifes)love the 350gr Hornady FP's. My 1895 now shoots the 405gr WLNGC from Cast Performance. It will shoot the above mentioned Hornady equally as well.

    Unfortunately the 45-70 is IMO a handloaders firearm. There are several commercial loads for it but they are either unpowered or super powered and super expensive. If I were to have to pick a single factory load for it,I would surely pick the Remington 405's. I believe thay would shoot thru any deer or hog and be "ok" for moose. I would definately go the the heavy hitters for anything that could eat you.

    To your question.......the weapon you have is excellent for hogs. You might feel a little "guilty" if you put a hit on some 80-120 pounder but as with me several times,you could be in the thick stuff and come face to face with a pissed off 300lb boar. It almost makes you take the time to kiss the 1895 before you shoot him.

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    Re: .45-70 for wild pigs

    Yeah, it works.









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    Re: .45-70 for wild pigs

    No, I wasn't pulling anyone's leg! I was wondering if it was too much gun. But thanks for all of the reassurance anyway. I was watching a program called "Pig Bomb" on Discovery the other night, and apparently the hogs are getting out of control in some areas of the US. Some of them look really big and mean. What is the max. range for the .45-70? I do not reload and don't plan to anytime soon, but I think I should do my part to rid the country of this pig menace. Plus, it really looks like fun.

    Mad dog, is that last picture for real? Where did you shoot that thing?

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    Re: .45-70 for wild pigs

    South Africa, 2008 on a plains game hunt. I used the 45-70 guide gun and 300 gr. nosler partitions to take 7 head of plains game, including the warthog above.


    Mad Dog

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    Re: .45-70 for wild pigs

    What is the maximum distance I would want to shoot with the .45-70?


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