I shot 354 pigs in 7 months in Australias northern territory with a mod 94 44 mag most were one shot kills including large boars in the 300-400lb bracket ,some didnt fall over that easy and needed a second and even 3 or 4 to put down.It's bullet placement that works, once piggy is charged with adrenline it will soak up a lot of lead.I had to finish a few charging pigs only feet from my legs one was shot from the hip and his head was only 1ft from the muzzle when I fired.You do need enough power for when things go bad and some thing that is quick for follow up shots.A boar of average size will make a serious mess of your legs and the rest of you if given the chance with only average tusks.The largest boar had tusks 10 1/2"I hate to think what they could do to a person.Pigs are smart tough critters that deserve respect.
Last edited by john m; 01-26-2012 at 05:36 PM.
I am a fan of the .35 rem on hogs, but have seen the .444 make shorter work of them. JMO.
I have made my 35 the hog gun with reloads and the Hornady 200g JRN with either 31g Reloader 7, or 37.5g of 3031.
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A vast array of calibers will work as seen from the different posts here. I've personally killed them with a .223 and they drop like sacks of potatoes. The situation is that with especially boar hogs, you may not want to use what works when everything goes right but what works when everything doesn't. See what 336ER had to deal with? Heavier foot pounds of energy and grains of lead sure do make things safer.
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The pigs can get big in Tennessee. One shot from a .45-70 dropped this one like a sack of potatoes. I'm have no doubts smaller calibers can do just fine, but I'm absolutely positive about the capabilities of my preferred caliber.
Last edited by Scott1970; 01-26-2012 at 11:46 PM.
I like the 45-70, 45-60 (on my wish list) 444 Marlin, 44 mag rifle or revolver. The 30-30 will work too, I just like the big bore stuff better.
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