I'm going on a hog hunt

Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior MemberPosts: 609 Senior Member
And I don't mean I'm gonna bed down cpj's siblings. Any advice for me?

How's everyone been around here? What did I miss?
Buffco wrote: »
Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
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  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Who the are you?



    Just an old timer trying to find his way back home.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,727 Senior Member
    Got any new gus's? Welcome back hey.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,903 Senior Member
    Yeah welcome back aboard
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  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Got any new gus's? Welcome back hey.


    I inherited some of my grandpas old ones. Nothing fancy. An old 12 gauge and a cheap old 22 revolver. And an authentic red Ryder BB gun.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    Any advice for me?
    Yeah, don't stay gone for so long :p

    Concerning the hog hunt, study up on a hog's anatomy, things are a little farther forward than you might think, especially compared to a deer.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Yeah, don't stay gone for so long :p

    Concerning the hog hunt, study up on a hog's anatomy, things are a little farther forward than you might think, especially compared to a deer.


    That's why I was asking. I have no idea where to aim and I don't want to be the doofus that shows up with some experienced hunters and asks a hundred questions.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,727 Senior Member
    I inherited some of my grandpas old ones. Nothing fancy. An old 12 gauge and a cheap old 22 revolver. And an authentic red Ryder BB gun.
    That is the worst way to get "new" guns, but, glad they stayed in the family:angel2:
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    Google "hog anatomy" and look where the heart, lungs & liver are in relation to the legs and shoulders, so you can get a good idea where you need put a bullet to hit them.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,727 Senior Member
    That's why I was asking. I have no idea where to aim and I don't want to be the doofus that shows up with some experienced hunters and asks a hundred questions.

    Things might have changed, but I don't think you are going to dodge that doofus bullet:jester:
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,552 Senior Member
    And don't try to take one with those XD's. I've already done it, and it is not a good plan, unless you can put it in his ear.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Don't forget your lucky hat.
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  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Things might have changed, but I don't think you are going to dodge that doofus bullet:jester:




    Probably true.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    bisley wrote: »
    And don't try to take one with those XD's. I've already done it, and it is not a good plan, unless you can put it in his ear.

    I was thinking my shotgun. Should I use slugs or 00 buck? I'll have my trusty XD as a backup on my hip.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,552 Senior Member
    Use the XD to put one behind his ear, after you gut-shoot him and chase him down.

    Either will work fine if you can get close enough and hit the heart-lung area or the head. Most folks use a center fire rifle.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    That's why I was asking. I have no idea where to aim and I don't want to be the doofus that shows up with some experienced hunters and asks a hundred questions.

    Talk to Jeff In Texas, he'll tell you where to shoot em. And he uses a lowly .243. Right in the head maybe an inch or two below the ear. They fall in their tracks like you dropped a piano on top of em and it's a big forgiving target. If you see one at a challanging distance shoot about a little above midway in his neck and he'll go down, or in the forward part of the shoulder, he will go down, iffin ya bring enough gun-bullet. But hell around here people kill lots of em with a .223, think Shot placement. I've shot em with everything from a .250 Savage to a 30-06. However I use a substantial bullet no matter the cartridge. That .250 Savage sports a 115 grain Combined Technologies Ballistic Tip which is lots of Bullet for a Quarter Bore. My 06 uses a 200 Grain SGK bullet. When you hit em in those areas (Head-Neck) they fall dead like DRT. Shoulder shots work too, but don't shoot to the rear of the shoulder like you would a deer. A hog's anatomy is furthur to the front. I shot one about four years back at about 320 yards right into the shoulder with a woman's gun (Ala cpj), .270 130 grain SGK bullet and he ran a long way, a whole 15-20 yards and expired just inside a brush line. They aren't armored but I do like a substantial cartridge for longer range shots like that, just for insurance and piece of mind, but about any rifle from .243-to .30-06 will work, Again think Shot placement . I shot one once at about 120 yards facing directly away from me with my .30-06 right in the bung hole (Texas Heart Shot) and the bullet stopped about an inch from coming out the center of the chest. It was grave yard dead on the spot. Shot placement + well made bullet =Dead Hog. I think I'd rather shoot hogs than deer. Enjoy.

    PS-If you take a hand gun make it a 41-44 mag. A .357 will work well too for shorter range shots. Now I'm talking on average here. Some on here might try it with a lesser cartridge, but though they aren't armored they are a substantial animal. Also, for under a hundred yards a shotgun with slugs will work. But whatever you have, no matter how big the projectile it shoots, shot placement is still very important.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Here is an autopsy of one I shot.

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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Here is another.

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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    The vitals are low and under the shoulder. A typical "behind the shoulder" shot will likely catch the stomach or liver if not clip the lungs. The top third of a pig is spine and muscle. Best advice on a broadside pig.............follow the front leg up to the body..........move up 1/3 from the brisket.........pull the trigger. Depending on the angle if quartering.........adjust forward or backwards from that on side leg.

    I don't know what you have available to you as far as firearms to hunt with, but a slug will assuredly do the job, though limited in distance and sometimes accuracy.

    Basically, anything you'd shoot a deer with will work.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 1,552 Senior Member
    We hunt hogs about every weekend. We have a simple rule, no body shots! Head shots only, either just below the ear, or just below and behind the ear or in the eye socket if they're looking at you. They drop like a rock, you ruin no meat and you don't trail wounded animal into the woods or brush. Most who hunt with us use our .243's win, some bring their AR .223's and my middle son loves his .308. All do a great job even on the biggest hogs. It works well for us so much so my neighbors have adopted the head shots for their hunts. All of them had some scary story of trailing a wounded piggy.

    Hope it helps!
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

    John 3: 1-21
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    This is all good info on hoggery, and if you follow any one of our advice you will have bacon. They
    are destructive creatures and land owners want them killed, but they often want money to do so. I wouldn't mind paying a guy a couple hundred a year to shoot some hogs, but some of these clowns want ungodly amounts of money for you to do them a favor. So anytime you get the opportunity to shoot Porky for free, do it, don't miss out. They eat better than deer and they make great sausage. And they're fun to shoot. How many people I know around here that never hunted because deer hunting was too boring they always said. But after killing a hog they got addicted. Go for it.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,666 Senior Member
    These should help:

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    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,702 Senior Member
    Any advice for me?

    Yep.

    Read this.......................
    http://forums.gunsandammo.com/showthread.php?1890-Hunting-reports-minimum-requirements


    AND DONT FORGET THE PICS ................. :tooth:

    Good to see you posting up again.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    Thanks for all the tips fellas. But I ended up not going. It was last night and today. My girl had her birthday earlier in the week and the Mrs took her on a trip with another friend who also had the birthday this week and left us guys here at home. Couldn't find someone to watch the little guy for me to drive a couple hours away and be gone all day. But they're doing it again in a few weeks. That will at least give me some time to grab some slugs and sight in. Or perhaps get in touch with my uncle to borrow a rifle.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    Thanks for all the tips fellas. But I ended up not going. It was last night and today. My girl had her birthday earlier in the week and the Mrs took her on a trip with another friend who also had the birthday this week and left us guys here at home. Couldn't find someone to watch the little guy for me to drive a couple hours away and be gone all day. But they're doing it again in a few weeks. That will at least give me some time to grab some slugs and sight in. Or perhaps get in touch with my uncle to borrow a rifle.

    Yeah, I recommend borrowing the rifle. Or bite the bullet and get your own. You'll be happy you did. Then the next thing you'll be doing is dropping a few coins on reloading equipment and you'll be in like Flynn. And, you will have experienced one of the greatest hunting experiences I've ever had, shooting hogs. Not only is it fun, they need shooting and generally they're good to eat.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    Well, all this talk of hog hunting and no action has got me biting at the bit! In fact, I'm biting so hard I'm packing up here in a minute and heading out. My feeder is full, my feeder lights are burning illuminating my feeder where i can see it plainly at a couple hundred yards. I'm going to park mynbd Suburban along the tree line south of my feeder and wait.

    Edited to Add:
    Well hell, never made it last night. The girl friend text and wanted to chat on Messenger, so I blew it off. Got to keep your priorities straight, ya know! Oh well, tonight's another night.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    So I have borrowed a Ruger .308 from my uncle. Going to the range with some guys this weekend to shoot it. Only a few weeks away now. I'm getting excited.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,788 Senior Member
    Know your hunting area. Scopes suck for stalking or under 25 yard shots under feeders. Not bad to bring two guns, one setup for distance and the other for close up. Stalking with a handgun is fun.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,836 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    Well, all this talk of hog hunting and no action has got me biting at the bit! In fact, I'm biting so hard I'm packing up here in a minute and heading out. My feeder is full, my feeder lights are burning illuminating my feeder where i can see it plainly at a couple hundred yards. I'm going to park mynbd Suburban along the tree line south of my feeder and wait.

    Edited to Add:
    Well hell, never made it last night. The girl friend text and wanted to chat on Messenger, so I blew it off. Got to keep your priorities straight, ya know! Oh well, tonight's another night.

    Lemme see.....chatting on line with a female or going hunting.......Dude..you have GOT to get your priorities straight....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    So I have borrowed a Ruger .308 from my uncle. Going to the range with some guys this weekend to shoot it. Only a few weeks away now. I'm getting excited.

    .308 is not my favorite, but just for hogs it's hard to beat. With a 150 grain SGK at 2900 FPS MV it's a pig gitter from HELL!!!
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    Lemme see.....chatting on line with a female or going hunting.......Dude..you have GOT to get your priorities straight....

    Hey man, you're an old married dude, you should know by now with women it's not about what YOU want, it's what they deem necessary at the moment!

    :silly:.....:worthy:.....:roll:.....:wink:
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
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