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#5451753 - 12/01/14 01:38 PM hog calibers?
eddie4529 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/13
Posts: 379
Loc: fort worth, texas, 76111
Does a .223 have the stopping power for hogs? Heard of people using it for hogs but I just wanted to see how it well it can get the job done?

#5451762 - 12/01/14 01:54 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
Bigfoot Offline
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Head shots!!!!

#5451848 - 12/01/14 02:30 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
Yes. The cleanliness and speed of your kill depends largely on shot placement. Some bullets are much better for body shots than others. Make good shots and you will kill hogs.
It's hell eatin em live

#5452610 - 12/01/14 07:17 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
brucet Offline

Registered: 02/28/13
Posts: 734
Loc: Richardson Tx
I like my .270 for hogs and deer, but everyone has their own preference hammer

#5452654 - 12/01/14 07:34 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
.22LR in the trap
.223 under the feeder

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#5452674 - 12/01/14 07:41 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
cyberpyrot Offline

Registered: 07/24/13
Posts: 915
Loc: Houston, TX
Anything less then 50 caliber will not do.
I'm a terrible shot but I follow up with a grenade!

#5452787 - 12/01/14 08:29 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
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Registered: 01/06/11
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Loc: Rowlett, Tx
You bet it does, no FMJ though and only 69gr+ hollow points.
Soft points 55gr+ will work. I would only use .223 on slow
movers that are not spooked.

6.8 SPCII is a much better starting point.

Edited by Gravytrain (12/01/14 08:32 PM)

#5452947 - 12/01/14 09:38 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
Gwood88 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/13
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The one you happen to be carrying.

.223 to the neck, ear hole, or head will take them down no problem.

Edited by Gwood88 (12/01/14 09:40 PM)
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#5453907 - 12/02/14 11:42 AM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
Cobbler Offline

Registered: 09/06/12
Posts: 135
Whatever I've got on me at the time, but 22-250 has killed a bunch for me.

#5454018 - 12/02/14 12:39 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
Pointer Offline
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Registered: 03/01/10
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Everyone has an opinion, and are entitled to them. I've seen them killed with .223, but I haven't had a great deal of luck with the caliber killing them dead right there. I am talking at 100 to 120 yds. Now, with my .308...there is a world of difference! I am deadly, and they fall and don't get up.

I don't carry a .223 primarily for deer, and feral hogs are bigger than deer.

#5454518 - 12/02/14 05:07 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
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All day long, kill them it will!

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#5454794 - 12/02/14 07:00 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
BunnyBlaster Offline

Registered: 06/20/13
Posts: 195
Loc: Plano
Pretty much every hog ive taken or seen taken at the ranch I hunt at is with 223. Head or neck shots and even 250lb boars drop on the spot.

Majority of my hog hunting is done at/under 100 yards (NV or creeping up to feeders). 223 will kill anything at that range provide you can shoot...

Edited by BunnyBlaster (12/02/14 07:09 PM)

#5454821 - 12/02/14 07:10 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: BunnyBlaster]
tx hunter Offline

Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 311
Loc: Ft. Worth/Pidcoke
Shot and killed several with a 17hmr. Anywhere from 80-120 yards. Just put it in the ear and down they go.

#5455267 - 12/02/14 10:27 PM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
Texaslawman Offline

Registered: 12/05/10
Posts: 581
I think this is the most asked question about hog hunting. Simple answer yes a .223 will kill a hog even a monster boar! The downside is a .223 is way more shot placement critical, like the comments above the 22lr will kill the biggest baddest pig if you hit the ear hole. I prefer the 6.8 or .308 myself its just added insurance with the extra knockdown power you can usually hit a running hog in the rear with one of those and anchor him. I say usually because hogs are tough and I have witnessed hog's take multiple rounds with good shot placement from some large calibers and still manage to run off.
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#5457551 - 12/04/14 03:37 AM Re: hog calibers? [Re: eddie4529]
elite-taxidermy Offline

Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 146
Loc: Mansfield Arkansas
I killed my first hog with a .22mag. I was actually hunting squirrels. I wouldn't really recommend that for hogs though. Personally my favorite is a GoldTip 7595 form a Hoyt! Here's a pic of the first one I got!
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