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Old 07-21-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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Feral Hog Load - .45acp?


A feral hog was recently taken at Salamonie Reservoir.

My woods belongs to a nearly unbroken forest that extends to this state park, about 10 to 15 miles away.

I would like to be better armed in the woods. Though my preference would be to carry a rifle or shotgun, that is not always feasible. I have been carrying 230gn hardcast truncated cone which probably scoot along at around 800fps, give or take. They're moved by 4.9gn of Acc#2, which in turn is fired by Federal magnum primers.

I'm thinking that going to a slightly slower burning powder, say W231, and using that to scoot the boolit along at around 900fps would be sufficient. I know hogs can be tough, but I doubt I'd need more than this.

I've never taken a hog though. So folks, if you were going into territory that may or may not hold hogs, and you may or may not accidentally get between a sow and its piglets, but you could not carry a rifle, what would you choose? I'm not above loading some .45 Super, but I really don't think I'd need to do that.





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Old 07-21-2010, 06:52 PM   #2
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I cast RCBS #45225 which is a 225 grain RN plain base design. I heat treat them so that they are the equivalent of linotype metal in hardness. I load these over 7.2 grains of Unique using a WLP primer in once fired cases. This load chrono's at 875 fps in my Colt 70 Series Mark IV Gov't Model. And it hits just over 910 fps in my S&W Model 625-2 five inch.

I suppose that it all depends on two things. The size and weight of the feral hog and your level of marksmanship. A hardcast RNL bullet should offer adequate penetration and it shouldn't deform unless it hits a major sized bone. Two or three of these 225's in the hogs boiler room should do the trip unless you are going up against Hogzilla or any of his oversized pals.

If it were me walking in those woods of yours, I'd being packing my S&W Model 629 .44 Magnum "Mountain Gun" loaded with something like 300 grain XTP's or something similiar.

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Old 07-22-2010, 03:14 PM   #3
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I don't know about sows with young in Indiana, but if they're like sows in Missouri, I'd be more worried about finding a tree to climb than the load in my pistol!

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Used a 50cal flint on hogs using 180gr. pure lead round balls and 80gr. of ffg. Broadside on lung shots. remember hogs lungs are low in the chest. Got one sow that was 245 lbs complete pass through. Used 45colt with hard cast 255 swc loaded with 10gr. unique out of a ruger blackhawk. Complete pass through and average run distance about 50yds dead run. There is no reason why a 45acp hard cast 200gr. loaded about 950 fps would not kill a hog on good broadside lung shots. A magazine of these would kill a bear!!!!
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:45 AM   #5
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I think I would feel adequately protected with my .45 and Golden Saber ammo as my CCW package and a purely defensive standpoint, just woods walking. But if actively hunting them and going into the brush after a wounded hog I want a magnum revolver as my secondary gun.
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josh , I hunt'em with knives most of the time any more but if your down to a handgun for a charging pig you need penatration quick fast and in a hurry, if your going to go with JHP's go with the XTP version has a thicker jacket and was designed from the start as a hunting bullet, I have all ways used a good heavy soft point or FMJ in 45
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:57 PM   #7
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I wouldn't necessarily think you need 45Super, though I DO load and shoot that too. My thinking....though, like you I have never hunted the big piggy's, is a 255 lswc (big meplat) with a +P load of Power Pistol, Unique, WAP/Silhouette etc of the mid-range powders. Though as stated previously about a "through" shot broadside, my concern is the damage a big pig will do when charging. They have a very thick plate and skull and you need big bullets penetrating through this to make a kill shot. Tracy
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #8
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never shot a pig, but if that 50 yard run was toward you, instead of going away, you could be in trouble. Just a thought.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:56 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by scattershot View Post
never shot a pig, but if that 50 yard run was toward you, instead of going away, you could be in trouble. Just a thought.
From experience; if the hogs coming at you it becomes a simple "shooting problem", that gets easier as the hog advances...
A 230 gr. lead "ball" equivalent between the eyes @ 3-5 yds. is an instant "off button".
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:15 AM   #10
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Really it comes down to shot placement. I've killed pigs instantly shooting .22lr and hitting them in the ear (granted this is sort of extreme, but those CCI triple segmented hollowpoints are amazing..)

I've also hit pigs in the heart with a 30-06 and had them go down, only to find that they're still alive when I walk up to them..

Niether of the cases mentioned above involved a particularly "upset" momma pig, but I submit that it really wouldn't matter as a 230gr projectile to the head would probably end things rather quickly.. Unless you're shooting at a Eurasian hybrid superpig.

Shot placement really is the key. The sow is literally fighting for her/her piglets lives. She has a lot more incentive in that type of scenario than you or I do to make it out in once piece..

ETA: Didn't realize this was a 3yr old thread! My bad.. Since it's been awhile, how has that particular hog load performed? Have you made any changes?

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