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    Pig Hunt With A .223?

    Anyone know if you could pig hunt with a .223, say a 75gr HP?
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    I would probably go with a bonded bullet or a Nosler Partition
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    Hunters here in Florida are fighting a losing battle with the growing wild hog population. Many guys hunt at night with thermo-scopes and do quite well with their .223 AR rifles. 60 grain Nosler Partitions are widely accepted as lethal pig medicine.

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    I live in Texas and have hunted them for quite a few years.
    I hunt hogs nearly every day...they're all around me here.
    I use 308, 257 Roberts, 300 Savage and 243Win.
    Not every hog you see is a bruiser...Quite the opposite.
    Many are in the 80-100lbs range.
    223 will work fine in most cases. Lots of guys here use them
    because they like an automatic, as they'll be running after the first shot
    and sometimes before that.
    I just like to shoot them further away if I can.
    When I get one in a trap I shoot them in the head with a 22lr
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    no reason at all...I don't recall the name of the ammo but there is one brand that make "Hog tamer" 223 specifically addressing hogs.

    I don't understand why the 223 is not legal to hunt deer/hogs in many states; military and law enforcement use it as a combat/anti-personnel round.
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    If you shoot them in the brain/neck bone, it really doesn’t matter what you shoot them with. If you are going for a body shot learn the anatomy of the pig. The heart and lungs are more forward and lower than a whitetail. Stay away from varmint bullets and you’ll do just fine. 65 gr Gameking, Nosler Partition, 77-75 gr bullets all work great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcw View Post
    no reason at all...I don't recall the name of the ammo but there is one brand that make "Hog tamer" 223 specifically addressing hogs.

    I don't understand why the 223 is not legal to hunt deer/hogs in many states; military and law enforcement use it as a combat/anti-personnel round.
    Freedom Munitions makes a Boar Buster: https://www.freedommunitions.com/amm...uster-new.html
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    Thanks all, some good advice. I have used larger cals, .308 in the main but have a .223 thats a light handy scout type I would like to try.
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    You can indeed, I've put three hogs down with shots just below the ear. Barnes TSX or a heavy construction (fullBoar, Boar buster) is better than the "ballistic tip" type ammo that's more useful for varmints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcw View Post
    no reason at all...I don't recall the name of the ammo but there is one brand that make "Hog tamer" 223 specifically addressing hogs.

    I don't understand why the 223 is not legal to hunt deer/hogs in many states; military and law enforcement use it as a combat/anti-personnel round.
    The 5.56 NATO ammo, used by our military and most PDs, is designed to inflict injury, than to outright kill.
    I have read many articles over the years about deer hunting with the .223. Some were pro, some were con. The consensus seemed to be that the shot placement with the small bullet was key. Deer are much bigger than varmints and with the extra body mass, the energy the bullet needs to deliver is much greater, for a clean kill if it hits bone or misses the heart by a fraction of an inch. Sure, the deer will die if hit in the vitals with a .223 hunting bullet, but getting a blood trail to follow and finding that deer after it has run is going to be extremely difficult.
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