Hog hunting..(.308 or 5.56)?

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  1. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    I'm going to go hog hunting for the first time..

    As far as rifles go, I only have a .308 and a 5.56

    I'm accurate with both and dot mid carrying either, so I simply want recommendations on which caliber and why...

    .308 (150 grain)
    5.56 (75 grain)

    Thanks
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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  3. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    Wow, thanks for all the input.

    ....(that's kind of what I'm asking)

    I'll be taking pigs under 200lbs.
     
  4. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I'd probably take something in 5.56/.223. The pigs aren't that large from the sounds of it and I can't see shots being over a long distance since most hunts I've heard of happen at night. If it does happen that you're going during the day, I'd opt for the .308 due to less of a range restriction.....unless you're in thick bush?
     
  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It's the advertisement for the .308 Springfield M1.
     
  6. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Feral hogs are extremely tough. They have a layer of gristle protecting their torso. .223/5.56 may penetrate it with proper load, but .308/7.62 is expected.
     
  7. hairbear1

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    .223 is too light. A lot of pigs have been shot with the .223 but your better off with a .308 as it's got more knockdown power out to 300+yds if your good enough. Use a good 150gn projectile and you'll have no problems.

    Use a .223 and wound a boar and your in for a very interesting day trying to chase it down and finish it off. A wounded pig is something not to be messed around with.
     
  8. bamashooter68

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    Either one would be fine. Both are capable. Remington and Winchester make hog hunting ammunition in both 308 and 223. You can hit them from a bit farther out with the 308 but the 223 is good inside 125yrds or so with a good bullet. Why not take both. I do it all the time.
     
  9. towboater

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    I'd take the 308.
     
  10. Vincine

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    I'm not a hunter, but I don't think I'd like to be within 125yds of a pissed off 200 lb. wild boar with a "flesh wound".
     
  11. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    How fast can you climb a tree ?


    Take the 308 & you might not have to find out. :eek:
     
  12. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    .223 kills pigs with ease. I use a few different types of ammo.
    50gr JHP
    55gr Vmax
    50gr AE v-tips
    55gr PPU soft points

    I've never lost one. Maybe they just accidentally die. I don't know, I'm not a rocket surgeon.
     
  13. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    I'm glad I've never had to climb a tree to avoid being mauled by one of my index cards I may have just barely hit.
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    556 works well with the proper round. 308 works awesome with any round.

    the REAL issue is how much weight you want to carry on the hunt and what brush level?? in south texas i used my bcm carbine year before last. last year i switched to my scar17 it did a wunder job on the hoggies. there i face thick cactus and mesquite but we use 4wheelers for most of the major movement.
     
  15. blackxpress

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    Penetration is where it's at. Heavier bullet, better penetration. Go with the .308.
     
  16. DeltaF

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    Either works great with the right ammo. Pick something you can move quickly to get on target with and something you can move away from your target quickly with. Think light and comfortable.
     
  17. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    .308 AND a .357 sidearm, just incase!
     
  18. jpattersonnh

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    Where are you hunting these pigs?, sorry if I missed it. I'd opt for a .308. 200lb is not a small pig. From my limited boar experience, (We only have escaped European Boar and ansestors from a game preserve) They are tough. When they start running, all hell breaks loose. When I hunt on the ground I wear Kevlar chapped pants and 12" high boots, that is all the time. I also use a 9.3x57 w/ 286gr w/ open sights. If you are hunting Tx, I'm sure a .308 will be up to the task on flat land. I understand there are draws they can travel, but it is pretty flat. I have 150 Barnes TSX that are for pigs down south in .308 when I get there.
     
  19. Gatoragn

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    The odds of encountering feral swine in TX that .223/5.56 will not handle is about the same as taking a new Boone & Crocket whitetail record Buck while you're there.
     
  20. jpattersonnh

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    So I could not hunt West Texas and find a trophy buck?? Strange.