.357 Magnum For Hog Medicine?

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  1. WannaGator

    WannaGator New Member

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    Hey Guys/Gals.

    I am considering purchasing a S&W 686 .357 Magnum for use as a backup while Hog & 'Gator Hunt'n.

    Is a .357 Magnum loaded with 110,125, or 158 grain hollowpoints big enough for Hog medicine?
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I would not use hollow points or any bullet lighter than 158 gr. Hogs are tough and you need PENETRATION! A 158 -180gr hard cast semi-wadcutter or flat nose bullet will suffice.
     
  4. crossfire

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    Absolutely +1. Look at the heavy (180/200gr) bullet loads from Buffalo Bore, Double Tap and CorBon. An option if you handload is the 173gr Keith SWC over a stout charge of powder like the loads found on. www.handloads.com
     
  5. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    I totally agree................

    Jim........
     
  6. Flint Rock

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  7. jpattersonnh

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    I use 158gr JSP. I would use a cast 158 before a hollow point.
     
  8. Snakedriver

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    I've got a lever action Rossi M92 SRC rifle in .357 Mag. that does the trick just right on the pigs we've got running around here in S. Florida. I use a 158 gr. FMJ that has a flat nose on it. I load'em hot for the rifle using W296 and get about 1800 fps out of the 16" barrel. Never failed to drop one yet. :cool:
     
  9. spittinfire

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    I'm with robo on this one. I wouldn't go any lighter then 158gr and I would lean towards a hard cast over a HP or even a soft point. You need all the penetration you can get.
     
  10. RMc

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    Use a Hard Cast Heat Treated WFN

    The only 357 Mag. ammo I would trust to bust a big hog would have to be loaded with a wide flat nose hard cast heat treated bullet. My own handloads move a 185gr FN from Beartooth Bullets at 1250fps from my 4" bbl. S&W 686.
    The BTB 185 has a flat or meplat the same size as a .44 Keith SWC for maximum damage and penetration.
     
  11. TexasPatriot.308

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    I would use a .357 if I had to, but I think the .41 or 44 mag is minimum for some of the big hogs we got down here in central/south Texas and I would use at least a 260 gr. cast or JHP, just feel more comfortable but a .357 is better than a rock I guess.
     
  12. RMc

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    Oh well:

    Try out that rock sometime - it will suprise you.
     
  13. trex1310

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    I've killed at least seven or eight hogs with a 6" S&W 686 loaded with
    Doubletap hard cast 180grn wfngc (wide flat nose gas check). The
    subjects involved expired quickly. Be advised that this round has
    noticable recoil and noise.
     
  14. canebrake

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    As long as it's loaded heavy and with hard cast bullets with NO expansion and a wide flat meplat that gives a powerful impact for bone busting energy.
     
  15. WannaGator

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    I have a Windicator 2" snubby .357 Magnum & soon a Glock 29 10MM to use as backups for my .243 Win. or 12 gauge.
     
  16. RMc

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    OK - Try these out:

    For the 10mm 200gr FNHC:

    DoubleTap Ammunition

    For the 12 bore Tri-Ball Buckshot - three 315 grain hard cast pellets:

    DixieSlugs Products

    For the 243 Winchester - 100 grain Nosler Partition:

    Federal Premium - Rifle Details
     
  17. spyderfan

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    I have killed hogs with a security six before they usually stop dead.
     
  18. CCW357

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    My 45 ACP worked just fine. Its all about shot placement. Wild Boar have a Cartalige plate across the chest area, On a big boar , its about half an inch thick. You want shoot them quarting away behind the ear. I have dropped a lot of them with .22 loads.I shot this one last week... 45 of course...
    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f12/florida-boar-28696-new/
     
  19. spyderfan

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    In texas thats how they did it with a twenty two behind the ear or right between the eyes
     
  20. TexasPatriot.308

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    very few people are good shots with a .45acp, hard to get a decent group at 20 yards mush less put it behind a pigs ear especially if he is a big #300 and might be coming your way, you will find yourself wishing you had a good revolver like I said at least a .41.