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Old 04-19-2013, 05:25 PM   #11
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Be ready for those pesky mo-scetters. Some DEET on clothing edges keeps them off your body. DO NOT put that stuff on your skin. Tie or tuck your pants to your leg or in your boots. Tick spray on cuffs works too. No bs . Water, lots of water near by. Have extra boots and socks. my get yours wet. If pigs get close try to have a tree near by. When they scatter they can try to hook you as the run by. Don't know what kind of hunt this is so, dogs?? Ride and spot then stalk, hard to cover the bases. What bullet brand and type are you using in the 223. 55gr mil spec. m855?? should work but ain't legal. Some win 64gr sp works with good behind the shoulder shots. 9mm fed hst 147gr +P if you have some. But not the best choice but on short notice??!! Most of all try to enjoy the day. Git some pig for the BBQ.
Shooting pigs on private property exempts you from game laws in FL and most states. Agree on the need for bug spray.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:31 PM   #12
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Save ALL the drinkin' for the post-hunt party & BBQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!

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Knowing where the nearest Tree is can save your bacon if charged. You w not be the first hunter who gets treed even w adequate fire power.

Slope of their heads and bone density - even .44 mags have glanced off. Probably why Euros use .366 "wrecking ball" - so they don't have to climb any trees. (But it still happens...)

Note: Like people, some hogs are bad tempered and have been known to keep people in trees for hours. A good handgun can decrease your tree time substantially. .

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Go to an lgs not a big box. You should be able to find soft point 223 around $20 for a box of 20.

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Where are you hunting ? What is the avg size of the hogs in the area ? If they are small and the terrain is open, then the 223 is fine.

However, if the shooting distance is measured in feet (not yards) & terrain is dense, then bring enough gun to stop the hog in his tracks.

Pigs like to roll in mudd and this hardens on their hair. The big boars can take a lot of punishment before going down. Smaller ones can be dropped w 22 Mag n good shot placement.

But the time to buy a new gun is BEFORE you get married. Trust me - stock up now and you will thank me later...

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If the action is close then a shotgun loaded with SG's or OO/ Buckshot will do or a 30/30 with 150gn projectiles. If the range is further out a .270,.308 or 30/06 will do the job just as good if not better.

I know you blokes use the AR15's in .223 but I reckon the .223 is a bit light on pigs especially if you get an old boar that's been around for a bit and frequents mud hollows and is covered in mud.
The .223 just hasn't got the balls to bust through mud and then get inside and bust ribs, heart and lungs up.

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I would like to get a bolt action 7.62x39. That would be a perfect hog gun. I think that .223 will penitrate the mud on a hog. It pentrates ballistic vest especially since he is using fmj. I would be leary about using that to hunt hogs though. Hit him in the shoulder and it can come out his foot. He is going to run over anything that gets in his way. Be safe bud. I understand thats the only rounds you have and not your first choice.

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Even w/ a .30-30 I'd opt for 170gr. I really don't think a .223 is a great option. Even w/ a 60gr partition it is marginal at best. The wound channel is small, the SD and BC are not great. I really would suggest something larger. Forget a .243 also. 6.5, 7mm, .308, 8mm all will work. Your 9x19 side arm will really piss them off. .357 revolver is the minimum I would carry w/ 158gr JSP. For up close and personnal w/ a lever I would opt for a .44-40 or .45LC.. A new strong action can have a velosity of up to 2000fps w/ a 24" barrel, 1900fps is closer to the truth w/ 200gr SP in .44-40. Out to 100 yards it should work fine on swine.

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using a guide, on his land. im bringing my ar i don't have anything buy fmj range ammo n seeing how impossible it is to find hope it works. probably put my full size 9mn on my hip 4 emergency
Your wasting your time with FMJ's as more often then not you'll probably get pass throughs or worse still a wounded pig from a non performing FMJ projectile unless your shooting over baits at close range then it won't be so bad.

FMJ's were originally designed to wound in their military form and in civvie use are best used as target rounds.

I would be looking for a couple of boxes of 55-60gn hunting ammo like Hornady,Federal etc.

I've seen what a .222/.223 does when it hits a mud encrusted boar and in 1 case the boar was pi%^ed off something chronic and squealing it's head off while looking for something or somebody to rip a new one into.

In most cases the projectile started to open up on the mud and then left a nasty flesh wound and a very cranky boar but by the same token I know a few blokes who have shot a lot of pigs with their .223 mostly pro 'roo shooters though.

Hope the hunt goes well for you.
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jus got back from my trip,
not bad on my first trip. i have to say i do want a bigger caliber next time out
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