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Location: Bavaria, Germany
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what rifle on first pig hunt this year?

Hello from Germany!

The most used calibers for hunting feral hogs here in GE is the .30-06, many hunters take also the original german cartridge, the 8x57 IS Mauser. Further more a .308 with heavy bullet is also good. The point is not the bigness of the cal. but the shotplacement and distance. The anatomy of a hog is very different to deers. In most cases you have to aim in the center of the hog's body to get a deadly hit. Many hunters here in GE aim behind the ears and hit in many cases the backbone, but in a bad way, so you have a wounded escaping hog. Searching such an animal is not much fun both for the hunter and the dog.
On drive hunts slugs are often used.

Regards

Kirrmeister

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Location: Carlisle, Iowa
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Hello to Germany!

Wow! That is impressive. Hello to Germany. By the way you write, I'd say your a German National and not an American soldier stationed there.

I keep giving thought to getting a 7mm08 as an alternate to my Savage .223 win that I bought for coyotes. I think it would be a pretty good shooter to about 300+ yards. I plan to move to New Mexico later and I think it would be a good choice there also. Currently I live southeast of Des Moines, Iowa.

I wish I could find a .338 Federal and a 7mm 08 I could test shoot before I buy.

Thanks for writing from Germany and sharing your experience.

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Hi Chuck!

you are right. I'm german citizen from southern Bavaria. But I'm very interested in the US-hunting scene also, because for me the USA are the land for hunters. i'm in this forum and in the muzzlelaodingforum.com, because since 1 year I also hunt with ML, which is not very common in GE. In comparison to Germany the US.hunters are much more liberal and not so conservative as our german hunters in Loden green.

Hope to get more expiriences and impressions via the forum!

Regards

Kirrmeister

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Location: Carlisle, Iowa
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Kirrmiester;

Hopefull someday you'll be able to come experience some hunting in thr USA.
I was out doing some scouting for coyote hunting the other day and saw a massive whitetail buck.
I'll keep you posted on my hunting adventures if I can ever get them started. Seems like everytime I plan to start, something else happens.
I have never been to Germany or anywhere else in Europe, but I would like to come visit someday, expecially since the eastern countries are opened now too.

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Location: Virginia
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Chuck, you've got to get your priorities straight -- hunting comes first -- LOL! Laugh Just kidding!! Life has a way of derailing many good plans.......

I agree that shot placement is virtually the most important issue in taking game. But, your bullet needs to reach the vitals and this is why penetration is also imperative.

The heart of the hog sits a lot lower and forward in its chest than you may realize. There's a really good anatomical diagram that I am going to try to dig up that helps. I will try to find it!! It has helped me a lot particularly when I started hunting hogs and boy is it addictive!!

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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what rifle on first pig hunt this year?
DUGABOY1 wrote:

Oh well, the subject is shooting wild hogs, and the origenal poster wants to shoot them with his 470NE double rifle. Well, the 470NE will do far less meat damage than most of the hotrock rifles people use for hogs. The bullets made in the .475 dia, are tough as concrete, and dont open at all, and drop hogs like the world was jerked out from under them! Hog hunting is very good practice for your big bore double rifles, and no rifle is better designed for hog hunting. It is easy to do a double tap on them, with a right, and a left taking two hogs. Several double taps are done every outing at the ranch.

We hunt hogs twice a year at a 120,000 acre low fence ranch in Texas on a DRSS get together, and we shoot hogs with everything fron little 8mm double rifles to 577NE doubles, and the meat is fine. The Club I mentioned is the DRSS (Double Rifle Shooter's Society) formed by me a few years ago, and it now has members world wide.

So, My friend, if you want to hunt hogs with your 470NE, do it!

..........................GOOD HUNTING Thumbs up

DUGGABOY- Good stuff. I've always said that hogs are absolutely perfect for practicing with DG rifles. I'll be taking the 470 Chapuis, 9.3x74R Chapuis, mod70 375 H&H, 458 Watts, and my baby killer, the 35 Whelen up to my ranch in the Texas Panhandle this December. I was wondering what ranch you all hunt on in central Texas that's 120,000 acres. The only one I could think of off hand that's that big is the King Ranch or some division of it. I know two or the managers down there... J. Hunt and D. Delany. Anyhow, it sounds like a blast. If only I could get someone out there with me to shoot these suckers. For some reason, the wife wouldn't bite.

MUSKYMIKE-

I'm headed up to hunt two days before x-mas and then from Jan. 2-6 (the 6th being the last day of deer season in Donnelly Co.). If and when I get lucky, I'll certainly post some pics. I'll also be using my big bores on my second deer if I'm lucky and get the first one to begin with. I'll probably stick with the 35 Whelen, 338 federal, or the 9.3 for the first go-round. It'll certainly be the 9.3 if I ever get the time to work out a proper load. Hopefully, you'll hear back from me in a month. Thumbs up

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Location: Virginia
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Maddenwh -- you should be studying and not thinking about hunting hogs! Laugh

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Hi Witworth!

I agree fully with you about the penetration power of a bullet. So a 200 grs bullet of a 8x57 IS Mauser with a stout load brings 2900 ftlps at the muzzle and at 100 yds about 2300 ftlps. I think that is enough to bring every hog down.

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Kirrmeister

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Kirrmeister wrote:
Hi Witworth!

I agree fully with you about the penetration power of a bullet. So a 200 grs bullet of a 8x57 IS Mauser with a stout load brings 2900 ftlps at the muzzle and at 100 yds about 2300 ftlps. I think that is enough to bring every hog down.

That sounds like a potent load!! It will definitely take any hog on the planet!

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Location: Carlisle, Iowa
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Whitworth

I agree with what you say about shot placement and penitration. I'll be glad when I can finally get relocated so I can try to get back to some hunting. I'm going to NM where there is Javelina but will also be close enough to Texas for hogs maybe. I don't know if there is a license required or not but I'll find out. One fellow said always aim for the head to protect the meat. My .223 will do that and anything else I might pick up along the way like .243, 22-250, 7mm08, or a 338 Fed.

Thanks agian for the update

Chuck S

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