I use a 7mm-08. The pigs that I hunt are not that pig. I would guess live weight at around 200 lbs. The vitals in a pig are a little farther forward than in a deer. If you are going for a lung shot, you want to put one through the shoulder. I personally go for head shots. This is primarily because my shots are close and I am tryihg to minimize the meat loss.
I dropped a 300 lb Boar out here in NorCal with my .243, but it took four shots, including one about 1/2 inch below his left eye (only made him turn and charge me). I won't use that rifle for pigs again. Now I use a 300 mag if there could be some long shots where I'm hunting, or I use my 30-30 with some 220 gr. round nose handloads for dense brush work (shots out to 75 yds or so)
i've never had a problem with my 30-06. but ohio hogs max out at around 200 or so, unless raised in captivity..
the 30-06 falls right between the 300 win mag and the .308, so, for me, it's a good compromise between power and consistancy.
i'm even confident enough with that calibur to shoot 150 gr hornady interlok's, it's a small bullet, but it buried into the gristle plate, just under the skin of the opposite side of the nice boar hog i shot last november. can't wait to do it again!
So you've booked an outfitted hunt this year. And you're going to get to ride horses into the mountains to save your legs and your back.
I've met lots of guys who've been in this same situation. They figure, "heck, how hard can it be?" But, I assure you, if you don't learn to get along with your mount for the week, it's going to be a bumpy, scary, noisy, and life threatening experience.
First, let's start with the horse itself. A horse trained under western style has 4 gears. The walk, trot,...