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.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...