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Old 12-05-2012, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default .45acp for hogs and cougars

Next weekend I'm going hunting for the first time this season. (I know I'm getting a late start) we have ben having a lot of hog problems. Normally I would just use my 30-06. But sometimes when putting up a stand, throwing out corn (not to hunt over of corse) it gets left in the truck.
Also at night when leaving the stand there have ben a few cougars sighted. And working a bolt if I miss the first time might not be a option.
But I do always have my XD .45 and I don't have to work a bolt on it. At first I was thanking just any old fmj would work. But now I'm wondering if there is anything better. So what do y'all thank would be good to use in this situation?

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Old 12-05-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
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I'm thanking maybe some buffalo bore.

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Cougars are not that tough. A .22 mag is fine (if you are hunting THEM). A .45 should be adequate if they are hunting YOU.

Hogs on the other hand ARE tough. A .45 will kill one, but only with a well placed shot and some luck. 10mm or .460 Rowland for an auto loading pistol.

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The 45 ACP is a poor choice for shooting hogs. I have seen a few hogs shot with them,and very few even slow down or go down after being shot with that caliber.
Hollow points don't penetrate enough,FMJ's just make a small hole through them and unless it's a very good shot,it will just wound them. Lead bullets are the best choice,but most are too slow to do the damage needed to down the animal.
A 40 S&W will do a much better job than the 45 ACP. If I use a pistol,it is almost always my 44 Magnum.It always works on them!

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The problem is at the moment .45 is my only choice. So I guess I'm going to go with some buffalo bore 230 +p fmj.

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I would not choose to use a .45 for hogs.

If i had to, I'd use ball ammo for increased penetration.

BTW if you kill a cougar, they're far better tasting than venison.

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I would not choose to use a .45 for hogs.

If i had to, I'd use ball ammo for increased penetration.

BTW if you kill a cougar, they're far better tasting than venison.
I agree .45=bad idea. But it's a last resort thing. I am not intently hunting hogs with a .45acp. I knew it was not a good choice. Just when I'm at the hunting camp working I won't to have a side arm just in case my 30-06 is in the truck. At the moment .380 and .45acp is my only choices. I would use a rock before the .380. I am planing on getting the .460 conversion for my XD just for this reason. Just don't have the money right now.

So ball ammo. Any specific kind?
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Just my opinion, but I think you'd be better off spending the money on a good used .357 magnum.

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Just my opinion, but I think you'd be better off spending the money on a good used .357 magnum.
I'm about to buy my wife a new one anyway.
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Funny, thought this might be one for the Tail Trail...

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