Originally Posted by John_Deer
I would use the 308. A mature hog's shoulder is like an armor plate. I have no doubt a 5.56 FMJ bullet will pass through a 300 lb hog. The 5.56 will not have any hydrostatic shock compared to a 308. Hogs are considered big game. Use a big game cartridge to hunt hogs, not a varmint cartridge. I would really hate to see you posting from the wifi at the hospital.
For the I killed a hog with a 5.56 bunch. I have killed a nice boar with a 22 wmr. But that doesn't mean I am going hog hunting next week with a 22 wmr or a 5.56.
I would consider a .243 about the smallest calibre I'd use on pigs anywhere even though heaps of pigs are shot with things like a .22, you can do it but's not a smart move.
I'm a big believer in a .30 cal for pigs especially the big boars that have a very thick fighting pad on their front shoulders and then add a thick covering of mud to that and you have the equivalent of armour plating.
There's nothing worse than being chased by a wounded boar(been there, done that, got the t-shirt) as it wants to ream you a new arsehole from a badly placed shot or a smaller calibre that blew up on the mud on it's hide or having to crawl into thick scrub where ranges are measured in feet to finish a pig off.
A pig can carry a lot of lead doesn't matter whether it's a .22 or .458 a badly placed shot has consequences and as a case in point a couple of years ago my son and I went on a cull hunt in our Northern Territory thinning out pigs, donkey's, wild horses and wild dogs.
One afternoon we(about 5 of us) were sitting on a bait station for pigs when a mob came out of the scrub heading to the horse and donkey carcasses for a feed.
They got to within 10 yards of us and the bait station when we opened up with .308's and .270's dropping at least 5-6 pigs in a mob of at least 20 including suckers.
My son who had my .270 CMC Mountaineer hits a sow a bit far back and she takes off stopping about 100yds out for a final look before disappearing over a rise in the ground towards the river.
He lines up on a perfect shoulder shot and fires but as he does the sow moves forward and he hits her in the ribs a bit far back with a 130gn GameKing so that's 2 hit's she has taken and she staggers off into some very thick tall grass.
We get to where the sow was last seen and there's blood everywhere so we went down to the river following the blood trail and it's straight into the long chest high grass.
Our guide goes into the long grass with my .270 and shoots the sow at 5ft with 1 shot and she was woofing and clicking her teeth she was ready to go on the attack even though badly wounded with 2 130gn projectiles in her.