AR-15 ammo for hog hunting?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by ar15noob, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. ar15noob

    ar15noob New Member

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    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.
     
  2. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    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.
     

  3. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    can't go wrong with a .458SOCOM ;)
     
  4. linuxuser3890

    linuxuser3890 New Member

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

    Sent from my Inspire 4G using FirearmsTalk
     
  5. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    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.
     
  6. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.

    http://aux.ciar.org/ttk/mbt/papers/...ns_of_military_rifle_bullets.fackler.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.

    http://www.barnesbullets.com/products/rifle/tsx-bullet/
     
  7. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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)
     
  8. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.

    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.
     
  9. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    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!
     
  10. savage_308

    savage_308 New Member

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    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.
     
  11. rob072770

    rob072770 New Member

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    Barnes

    Imam a big believer in Barnes solid copper bullets in 556 their TTSX will,do,the trick head shot if you can but shoulder will,work in close
     
  12. 00possum

    00possum New Member

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    Try a full metal jacket round behind the ear, gets em every time.