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Jim, we had a good afternoon.

Jim, we had a good afternoon. One of my buddies shot a 80 lb sow and I was lucky enough, I think-I'm still debating the shooting the second hog, to shoot a 200 lb sow and a 250 lb boar with some pretty good tusks. The boar fell over dead at 40 yds with a shot thru both shoulders...I found the 160 gr Accubond in the hide of the opposite shoulder, he couldn't take it...the sow was a different story...

She was a little farther than I guessed and I ended up shooting her too low...she was quartering to me at about 275 yds, I was thinking she was closer to 200 yds...I shot her thru the front left leg and the back right leg with one of her piglets getting hit thru the chest....needless to say, the tracking job was long and tense...in the cutover we couldn't see 10 feet in front of us...we would get close and she would take off...cat and mouse for 2 1/2 hours...we finally found her in a little opening to get a decent shot on her to slow her down...we were then able to get closer to make the finishing shot....then we had to get her out...A four-wheeler, a tow strap, a chain and a wench with a long cable and we were able to wench her out...thank God

Sunday was spent processing...

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Hey

Hey ECU,

Congratulations!

There is a good story for the forum!

Yes, tracking a pig in dense cover is tense - I recall doing it back during the 80's on ones we shot with our bows... this was in heavy cover along the edge of the swamps... at times on hands and knees trying to follow the blood trail.

Sounds like you had plenty of pork to process, for sure!

Thank goodness for four wheelers - think of the job you would have had without it... i remember back to the old days when we did not have them (or carts) and we had to drag them or carry them to the truck - that was brutal!

Amazing that the bullet did not go through the boar - that is just a testament to how well constructed and tough they are.

What caliber rifle was pushing the 160 grain bullet?

I am assuming the bullet stayed together and was in a good mushroom when it was found?

Might be interesting to weigh it and see how much it lost - and then photograph it and send the details back to Accubond. They might even kick you some freebies!

Post some pics so we can see the results of your super day!

Jim

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Tense is an under

Tense is an under statement...at times when she would start smacking her teeth together in anger, it made me think about backing out and letting her die during the night...I'm glad we didn't because she would have suffered all night and still been alive in the am...

The processing too most of the day on Sunday...I should say most of the processing...we still have to grind the sausage and package for the freezer...the cubed backstrap should be tender and delicious...

Without the four-wheeler, wench and cable, chain and tow strap, it would have taken an hour to get her out...as it was, it only took 10 minutes tops...

The bullet performed perfectly...it is out of my 7mm RUM....the160 accubond is pushing 3250 fps...perfect mushroom...probably lost a little...I didn't weigh it yet though...I'll take a pic and post later...

I'll get some pics up as soon as I download...probably post in the Hog Central gallery...I was joking when I named it Hog Central because we had seen some hogs, but now we know we have a problem with the hogs...we'll probably get tired of shooting and processing them...until then, we're going to wear them out...

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Whoa - 160 grains at 3250

Whoa - 160 grains at 3250 feet per second - that thing is screaming!

Again, how it did not pass through is amazing.

I would weigh it and send some correspondence (with pictures of the hog and the bullet) to Accubond and also to the manufacturer of the ammunition if it was factory ammo. If you could chronicle other kills with the same round, that would just perpetutate your case!

They love feedback like that and could even use it as advertising.... and may well send you a cap, some bullets, whatever - you never know!

I wonder about the recoil of that rifle... if it does not have a brake on it... is it wicked?

I hate recoil and do everything I can to use rifles that have light recoil to start with - heck, I even hunt with a 7mm-08 that has a brake on it... with Hornady factory loads, I am pushing a 140 grain bullet almost 3000 FPS (the factory specs say 3000 FPS but that is out of a 26 or 28 inch barrel and my rifle is a 24 inch barrel, so I know I am at least a little under 3000).

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Yea, I'm pushing the envelope

Yea, I'm pushing the envelope with that load. I reduce the load when I go out west to hunt, not knowing if how the altitude will affect the functioning of the bolt after shooting a hot round at altitude...some have told me to be careful as the pressure from the hot round may stick the bolt shut...

I haven't thought about trying to get a free hat or rounds...I may take your advice and email them pics of the hog and the bullet...

As for recoil, a do have a brake on the rifle...not so much for hunting but for working up loads...all day spent shooting that rifle will really put a beating on you...a shot during a hunt doesn't even register with me...adrenaline is pumping so much that I don't even realized I've shot...

The 140 grain accubonds I get up to 3500 fps but I stopped shooting them because I didn't wand to burn out the barrel...the 160's work on anything I want to shoot...

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Sounds like you are dialed in

Sounds like you are dialed in on shooting, loads, reloading, etc.

I am not and hope to be able to do that in the future. May put reloading equipment on my Santa Wish List!

As for out West... that is going to fall into that long range plans for me also.

Where and when do you go... and what do you target when you get out there???

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Reloading gives you another

Reloading gives you another hobby to occupy your time...you may want to run that by the misses first, Jim...hahahaha....she may think otherwise of your available time...

Last year I went to Texas for turkeys and hogs....I shot the hogs but no turkeys...they weren't cooperating...I'd like to go back for deer but we'll have to see about that later...I also went to Co for a DIY elk hunt...I could have shot a legal bull but I was holding out for a bigger bull...I know now to take the first legal bull when hunting public land in a very limited 5 day hunt...

On my radar for the coming years are NM, WY, CO and possible SD...mule deer and/or elk in NM, Wy, CO and probably whitetail and muley's in SD....after reading so many antelope stories on BGH, I may try a trip for them in the future also...all of my hunts will be DIY...I get more satisfaction out of a DIY hunt than paying an outfitting to set up me on the animals, plus I can go more times if I do most of the work myself...it all depends on how fast the economy turns around...I can't see spending money on hunting trips while the ecoomy is in the dumps...hopefulley next year will shed a brighter light on the future hunting trips...We'll have to see.

 

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Man, that is an agressive

Man, that is an agressive hunting agenda!

I would love to go on an elk or mule deer hunt - these two species seem to hold the most allure to me.

I am all for the DIY hunts also - I simply can not afford to pay an outfitter.

Like you, I think the satisfaction of taking a nice animal on your own is a great challenge.

I am divided on taking the first legal one... I could have done that this year in Illinois and did not.

Elk - now that may be another story - simply because I have never hunted anything that size!

I would gladly take a cow elk - particularly if it were a bow hunt.

Now... for the reloading... I think the summary of that is that you probably do not spend less money shooting - you just get to a shoot a lot more - which appeals to me.

I know that some of you guys get real good at working up loads that work exceptionally well in YOUR rifle and you can come up with some great groups... and subsequently, more confidence when hunting - which I would like very well.

I have wanted to do that for years and my bride knows it... I think I can work that into the budget!!

Do you have recommendations on equipment and how to do it right - I know it will cost me - without either going too cheap and not getting good equipment or by going overboard and spending too much???

Jim

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Maybe I wasn't too clear in

Maybe I wasn't too clear in my explanation of future hunts out west. Those are some of the states I've been looking into hunting but not every state every year. My plan is to build points in the states which require them and hunt OTC in Colorado. That way I can hunt several states out west each year. Even going DIY, I could only afford 2 hunts a year out west.
I would definitely take the first legal elk on any DIY hunt. Mule deer and whitetail deer hunts would probably be a different story depending upon the length of the season and the trophy potential in that particular state.
For reloading equipment, we all use RCBS. One of my buddies has the RCBS powder dispencer and scale combo. It's a little pricey but worth the money if you do a lot of reloading and reload a high quantity of bullets in a short period of time.
Good luck reloading.

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Jim, I have some pics up in

Jim, I have some pics up in the Hog Central gallery.... A couple pics of the hogs, a couple pics of the bullets and a pic of the setup before the shot....which includes my rifle, shotgun and camera...I'll post the short video later after the contest...

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