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lukeisme 10-08-2010 04:16 AM

Wild Hog in TX
I was invited to do a piggie hunt in TX with a buddy that moved there last year. Here is the issue, I hunt in CO where we hunt things like elk and mule deer. The closest thing I can think of in weight and size I have here would be coyote and at that its not even in the ball park. I am not sure what to use. I use a .444 marlin or 30-30 for deer in the brush. I use a 30-06 or 308 for elk. I use a .223 for coyote. I have a 7.69x39 would that work it seems to be the medium of what I own. What would be a good caliber??? .243? 25-06?. Keep in mind that I want to eat as much of these beauties as possible so I dont want a massive wound channel like what I believe the 30 cal stuff would cause. Any input would be GREAT. Thanks in advance guys!!! BTW thats why I love this forum so much knowledge in such a small place!!!

canebrake 10-08-2010 04:26 AM

Then I guess a .45 cal would be out of the question?


458 SOCOM AR-45

lukeisme 10-08-2010 04:32 AM

I dont know that looks like it might be a bit out the price range...but DAM COOL!!!!

lonyaeger 10-08-2010 11:11 AM

Your .243 would be great, even the .308 for the bigger ones.

For the smaller pigs, which are better to eat, a good caliber is .223 or
.22-250. The .22 caliber will bring them down, but shot placement is critical....aim for the heart.

R-BOLT 10-08-2010 02:52 PM

The pigs are not to choosy what you smack them with. I have used .223, .243, 7mm-08, 7mm Rem Mag, and 30-06. The .243 & 7mm-08 were great. good excuse to buy a new rifle though!! :)

R-BOLT 10-08-2010 03:03 PM

Got me thinking need to add .357 & .50 cal bmuzzle loader to the list of past firearms used for hogs on my hunts.

blackhawk45 10-08-2010 05:11 PM

One of my PIGGY's taken with a 308 Win
[IMG]DSC 0010[/IMG] Shot this Boar with my 700 Rem,in 308 Win

Poink88 10-08-2010 07:07 PM

Pack the .308...just in case you piss off the bigger ones and they decide to charge you. :D

lonyaeger 10-08-2010 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by Poink88 (Post 365199)
Pack the .308...just in case you piss off the bigger ones and they decide to charge you. :D

Or a sidearm, cuz rapid fire with a bolt action when a 300 pound sow is charging you is not my idea of fun.

But then again, I've never DONE that, but I assume that would be the case. :o

RairWeatherSmok 10-08-2010 08:12 PM

Havelina I suppose is technically a pig, but not what you get at the supermarket. Tough & stringy and no fat. Someone has to know what they are doing to make one of them tasty. AND don't break the scent gland !!

Mean as heck too !!

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