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Killing a pig

I've never killed a pig but everytime cartridges for pig's get brought up, on every site, I've heard everything from a 223 to a 45-70. Some people even just jump in with a knife, or so they say. With every other game there are those that can't find something big enough and those that want to see how small a cartridge they can succede with. But most generally agree at some point where the cartridge get's to small and larger than necessary.

Everything about hog shooting must be very confusing for a lot of people, in large because of these all over the board answer's. Where is a good starting point for a pig cartridge? I would think velocity should be moderate to keep from tearing up bullet's at close range and the rifle fairly short and handy to be useful in haevy cover. I would also thing that the bullet's used should be heavy for caliber because of the possibility of having to shoot thru some of this armor plate some people talk about. Sounds to me like pig shooting in a relatively short range thing.

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Well Don, Ive never had any probs so far with either the 30/30 or my 30.06 with a Pig....Gonna switch to 7mm.08 this year On my pig hunt and go for behind the ear shots only... If I stalk hunt Ill be using the new Marlin 444xlr for Put them on thier butt power (dont like being in thick heavy brush with a pissed off pig) But Im mostly going to be hunting trails and feeders in Texas this time so Ill be using the 7mm.08....Behind the ear= MORE BACON Thumbs up ... But truly if I were gonna brush I seriously would recommend nothing smaller than 30 cal and a well made bullet...You run up to a hog thats 250+ that plate is Mighty tough...Seen alot of "wimp" bullets stop under the skin and then they had to deal with an angry boar NOT FUN angry

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want me to prove i'll kill big hogs with a knife? but as far as cartrages go i'd go with anything between the 270 30-30 30-06 45colt 44mag

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No, No! But when you do that, just how do you go about it? Do you jump on their back and stab them or crawl underneath and gut them? A lot of people talk about killing them with a knife but no one tell's us just how this is done. Matter of fact I read where one guy grabbed a leg and drug it home to fatten up befor killing. Just how dangerious are these pig's? Years ago, my Uncle Doc raised hog's in New Mexico, Had about 5000 of them. Ya really didn't want to jump in with the wrong one. What is the deal here?

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Generally you Knife hunt with Dogs....You have whats called a "grab set" of dogs along with trackers....Most use Pit bulls...They corner and get ahold of the pig then you jump in and knife it...Not to sporting in my own personal opinion.....For your other question....Boars are VERY dangerous when cornered...Those Tusks aint just for show...they are razor sharp and they have VERY powerful Jaws backing them up...And no houndsman I wasnt takin a shot at you with the not very sporting comment...Just my own opinion...Hell huntin them with a gun aint very sporting either but at least thier aint a dog holding it down. Pigs are alot smarter than people give them credit for and Ive seen some pissy boars actually circle around just to get a better brush run at you

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with the pack of hound i've got ya don't need a pit

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Ok Hound dad gummit....when Am I gettin the invite to go onna Hunt with ya ..... Ok Ill Invite first... Found a Place in North central Texas ... For 450 (you feed yaself) they have a self guided hunt and no limit on hogs 2 1/2 days hunting 3 night stay .. Your basicly payin for your room at that price...They have all kinds of stands and feeders set up... They give you a map with the stand and feeder locations marked and send ya on ya way....Sounds like a good deal to me...Ill drive by and pick ya up

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ain't goin to texas and pay to sit a stand when i can hunt the hounds here for free

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No hogs here in IL or I would too sad and I love ma Pigs...Hard to pass up that good a eatin Thumbs up Plus Im gonna be goin to Texas anyway to look at some property...May as well bring back some tasty meat for the freezer Big smile

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When I was younger...much younger, My Dad, brother and myself would use Walker hounds and Pit Bulls to catch Hogs and hog-tie (go figure) them, drag em to the truck and pen them up and corn feed them for a few weeks before butchering them. I never seen one killed with a knife but saw plenty meet their maker via .22LR pistol round behind the ear. It is illegal to transport a live wild hog anymore.
I aint gonna get into whether its sporting or not. That'd be almost as bad as saying that I imported an Elk, tied him to a tree in a high fence pen, turned a pack of hounds and Pit Bulls aloose on him, then back off 1000 yards and shoot him with a 270 in a driving rainstorm with 30 mph crosswind.. Laugh Laugh Evil!

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I have killed a little over 40 pigs in my hunting time from Fla, Ga, SC, NC and Va. The most fun (and most pigs) I had was archery. I have taken a few with knife and some with handgun, one day I'll take my first with a rifle.

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