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!
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...