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ar15noob 04-09-2012 03:58 AM

AR-15 ammo for hog hunting?
O I got invited to go wild hog hunting in Texas and I am bringing my S&W Sport AR-15 5.56 1 in 9 twist. I am just a NOOB range shooter, not a hunter, so this isn't a question I know offhand. Any help is appreciated.

kryptar19 04-09-2012 04:43 AM

Any soft point or hollow point will do. Anything from 55gr-75gr will kill a hog.

Like I've said before, here in Arkansas we shoot them with .22lr sometimes. First few I ever killed I used a .22.

dog2000tj 04-09-2012 05:51 AM

can't go wrong with a .458SOCOM ;)

linuxuser3890 04-09-2012 07:29 AM

Any ammo that you can find for deer will work great, just be prepared to pay for it.

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Car54 04-09-2012 12:34 PM

I'm using ammo with Nosler ballistic tips for hogs. Hornady and Barnes also have tipped ammo. You should be able to find .223 ammo with ballistic tips in the mid $20's/20.

alsaqr 04-13-2012 11:06 AM

For years i've used the US military M193 5.56mm round to kill hogs and it has done a fine job, even on big hogs . Yep, its a FMJ round: But it don't act like an FMJ at ranges to about 175 yards when fired from a 20" or longer barrel. The 55 grain bullet penetrates 5-6", yaws 90 degrees and fragments, ripping up the heart and lungs. That round has killed a couple hundred wild hogs for me. ler.unk.html

A good .22 hog bullet for reloaders is the Barnes Triple Shock: The bullet comes in 45, 50, 53, 55, 62 and 70 grain sizes. i use the 53 grain TSX bullet in my reloads: It does a good job on hogs.

primer1 04-13-2012 03:12 PM

Couple hundred? You don't eff around, do you? Curious, not trolling, how many hits and no recoveries? I'm glad I haven't sighted any in nw Ohio(yet)

alsaqr 04-13-2012 10:15 PM


Couple hundred? You don't eff around, do you?
When i'm not working, which is most of the time, my schedule is heavy with hog hunting. Killed about the same number of hogs using muzzleoloaders.


Curious, not trolling, how many hits and no recoveries?
My shots are picked carefully; few hogs have ever got away wounded. Most are shot from stands over feeders at close range. Five to ten percent required more than one shot. My favorite hog shot is low behind the crook in the front leg. It takes out the heart. Heart shot hogs usually die right there.

tri70 05-06-2012 02:04 PM

I went on a TX hunt and used a 65 gr Sierra sp that worked well but like the others said anything you can get a good kill zone on a hog will work. I have heard several people using fmj, hogs are tough if you don't get a good shot placement. We don't have too many here in NW Arkansas but I am waiting to get one with my mini 6.8!

savage_308 05-06-2012 02:39 PM

Great post on M193 ammo- alsaqr. Been stocking up on it local here for $8/ box and my M&P 15 chambered in 5.56 eats it for breakfast, lunch, & dinner.

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