Blacktailer -- Central Coast has lots of hogs -- spent a couple years in SLO! Nice!
Here's another I took in Missouri back in '04. He wighed just a hair more than 200-lbs, and I shot it with my .416 Rem loaded with 400 grain Hawk Deadsofts at 2300 fps. The shot shredded his heart but he still managed to run 50 yards -- they're tough buggers!
Took this ol' gal in 1994. 150 grain Sierra flat nose. Fired from a 788 Remington in 30-30. Took only 1 shot and she dropped in her tracks. You can see the rifle leaning against the tree. That should give you an idea of the size of the sow.
Blacktailer, My first real deer rifle was a 1903 Springfield. I think it cost me all of $30.00 from Montgomery & Wards. I still have the rifle. I take it to the woods on occasion.
Here's a couple hogs I took with the 70 grain Speer bullet in my 22-250. Two shots, two hogs. The biggest and first one I shot went about 10 feet the other dropped in it's tracks. I have to admit I was a little faster back in those days. As I recall I was standing in the middle of a logging road, about ankle deep in water. I was sort of ticked off that I lost one of the ejected cartridge cases in the water. That's me in the blue jacket.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...