In NW Florida we have all the hogs we want. We have about 23 people in our lease and everybody has killed atleast 3 or 4 this year. Everything from blackpowder to 22LR has been used. I think it just depends on where you want to place your shot. I shoot behind the ear and have had no trouble with any gun I use. Never used a pistol. I usually end up shooting them because they are tearing up my food plots. Darn things will eat you out of house and home.