Wild Hog in TX

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by lukeisme, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. lukeisme

    lukeisme New Member

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    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!!!
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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

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  3. lukeisme

    lukeisme New Member

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

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    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.
     
  5. R-BOLT

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    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!! :)
     
  6. R-BOLT

    R-BOLT New Member

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    Got me thinking need to add .357 & .50 cal bmuzzle loader to the list of past firearms used for hogs on my hunts.
     
  7. blackhawk45

    blackhawk45 New Member

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    One of my PIGGY's taken with a 308 Win

    [​IMG] Shot this Boar with my 700 Rem,in 308 Win
     
  8. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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

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    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. :eek:
     
  10. RairWeatherSmok

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    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 !!
     
  11. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Javelina hogs are just about the meanest little critters this side of a pissed off badger.
    I have been treed by the little devils before,after my dad took a shot at one and just pissed the whole group off.They all came my way in a hurry,and it's no fun trying to get into the top of a 5ft mesquite tree with those thorns poking you every inch of trying to get to the top while it's leaning over towards the ground from me being in it. Not a fun day!

    I'd rather come between a 300lb sow and her little ones,than mess with a javelina.
     
  12. lukeisme

    lukeisme New Member

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    Thanks for all the input. I think I will take the 308 and buy a .243. I agree good excuse to buy a new rifle!!!
     
  13. lonyaeger

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    They liked you because you're so cute!
     
  14. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Hit 'em betwixt the eyes, and a .22 will be enough.