shotgun hoggin

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by jhog, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. jhog

    jhog New Member

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    OK guys, here's the deal. Went out hoggin last night and never hunted hogs with a shotgun. So I'm sitting in a brush blind 25 yrds from the feeder, hog comes out and its at 20 yrds. Weapon is a Benelli 12 ga. super nova tactical turkey loaded with 3in. mag #4 turkey load. Sights are a Bass Pro 24mm shotgun sight also have a stock Benelli X turkey choke. Fired and either I missed or the the load wasn't heavy enough? 20 yrds is kinda hard to miss. What did I do wrong?
     
  2. Missileman

    Missileman New Member

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    #4 is way too light for hogs--probably want a minimum of 00 Buck IMHO
     

  3. jhog

    jhog New Member

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    I was thinking that same thing but some freinds said that #4 would be OK at that short range. Guess they were wrong!
     
  4. Dillinger

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    Was your intent to utilize the meat? Because #4 is awfully "light" when compared to a boar's hide. I am just wondering why the light load?

    I would recommend stepping up or going with a slug.
     
  5. lonyaeger

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    Did you look for any blood on the ground?

    You'd be better off with a slug than with any kind of shot.
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    #4 buck would be too light. #4 shot is WAY too light. 00 buck or slugs is all I would consider.
     
  7. jhog

    jhog New Member

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    Yes, I wanted to harvest the hog for my freezer. I made a head shot. And the guy I was hunting with said #4 would kill a hog at 20 yrds. I asked him about 00 buck that I had on hand and he said that it didn't hold enough (15) pellets. He was using 00 #4 pellets (41).
     
  8. aandabooks

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    Several years back, my FIL raised a couple hogs. Cousin of my FIL comes over to help with the butchering. Swears that a .22 will kill a pig if you hit him right. The sow that he tried to kill with a Ruger 10/22 at a couple of yards took 9 rounds in the head and was still walking around. The were not hollow points. My FIL got pissed and had me go get the .223 to finish the job.

    A pigs skull is thick. Save the #4 for ducks and turkey. Bring #00 or better yet a good slug next time. Place the shot well and you won't spoil any meat.
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    To the OP- as others have said- birdshot is for birds. Buckshot for big critters. Those critters have TUSKS that can cut a Prius into bit sized chunks. Try double ought (that means 00) buckshot.

    Re: Using a 22 when slaughtering hogs- there is a spot- about the size of a quarter. When facing a pig directly, draw line from left ear to right eye, and right ear to left eye. Where they cross is the spot. HOWEVER- this is in slaughtering a domestic pig- not a feral razorback- and I will NOT guarantee that it will kill them. They will drop like you turned a switch off- and you IMMEDIATELY stick them (sever the carotid) In packing houses, they use a "captive bolt stunner" that does the same thing- knocks the animal out. We simply put a pan of water down, when pig is drinking, cap him from 10 feet. Instant collapse.

    As a country boy, learned from my Dad at hog killing time- and used to shoot the pigs for my Grandad.
     
  10. AusLach

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    We've always done the same thing.. The trusty .22 will also drop a good sized steer with c3's advised shot placement, but ONLY WHEN HIS HEAD IS DOWN. When their head is up the rake of the skull will deflect the bullet straight up. The bullet needs to enter the skull perendicular to the bone.
     
  11. masterPsmith

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    #4 is way too light of a load for hog. Even 00 buck is not proper for a shoulder shot. The grissle plate in the shoulder is sometimes 1" or more thick, natural body armor. I would use slugs only on hogs.

    Jim.......
     
  12. Gatoragn

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    In 2004 I took a buddy of mine turkey hunting in FL and we had an encounter with some pigs. My buddy creeped to within about 15 yards of a 100 lb pig and shot it with 3 inch 6 shot. The pig ran off, but was clearly hit. He tracked and shot it twice more with the sixes and started yelling for me to bring him some shells. The number 4's I prefer finished the job, but the range was maybe 15 feet.

    The next day we acquired some 00 buck and it only took one shot to kill the second one.

    My brothers and I took many a hog of various size with our 22 magnums, shooting fully jacketed bullets, back in the day. Buckshot was too risky around the dogs and large rifles are hard on dogs ears too.

    However, birdshot is not the way to go. Definitely 00 or 000 buckshot is best if a rifle (or slug gun) is not an option.
     
  13. TXnorton

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    Is it possible for a hog to flip you the bird? The reason I ask is that the last time I went hog hunting I shot a large South Texas Boar (shoulder area hit at about 80 yards) with my AR-15. The boar turned his head to look at me and walked out of the clearing and back into the brush. I am pretty sure he shot me the bird before he vanished into the brush. No blood trail, but I am sure I hit him solid. So next time I go hog hunting I am taking a bigger gun with a harder hitting round, maybe my M1A.
     
  14. lonyaeger

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    I've had the same experience twice out here, both times with my AR15. Both times were a shot of about 50 yards. No way I could have missed. They are tough ba$tards and, if we go with a load that light, shot placement is the key.

    The .308 would be the ticket, or maybe the .243.
     
  15. jhog

    jhog New Member

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    Well, if I go hoggin again with a shotgun I'm gonna use no less than #4 buck. Thats what my friend was using and downed a 150# boar at 20 yrds. Yep, that piggie was DRT!
     
  16. skullcrusher

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    #4 buckshot?

    The #4 in #4 is the size of the bb's in the shot load.
     
  17. c3shooter

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    As my sig line says- What we have he-ah is......

    There is #4 BIRDSHOT- mikes out at .130 inches
    There is #4 BUCKSHOT- mikes out at .240 inches

    Do not shoot pigs with birdshot. They will eat you.
     
  18. soldierman79

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    Birdshot leaves a bad taste

    I killed a hog this year with my AR15 and processed it. As we started eating on the meat we kept coming across steel pellets, someone shot this hog with bird shot and it lived. I got tired of biting into pellets and threw the rest out.
    Please use the right load for the job, if not for the game, do it for the next hunter.
     
  19. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Thank you sir.
     
  20. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    When my friend and I go hoggin', I am the one riding Shotgun. I act as the wing man.