You can bring down hogs with a bb, but that doesn't make a bb gun a good gun for hog hunting. Yes, people have killed hogs with .17 hmr, but it would be a bad round for actually hunting hogs. Brain shots would be ideal. Any other shot and you can expect to be tracking your wounded hog a long distance. The .17 just doesn't make much of a wound channel.
Loc: In the mountains east of ABQ
Yes but as another has said it is not ideal. Sure wouldn't use it if I was going to be up close and personal. Most kills go off without a hitch but I had two close calls with pigs. Glad I had a 44 as my sidearm. I now use a 500 s&w. Overkill? Probably, but I sure feel better having it!
As stated you can put a big hog down with a 17hmr....but its all about shot placement and bullet...put a hog down with mine shooting a cci 20grn fmj...drt! But i hit him right between his ear and his eye at 75yrds...if you can put the pill in there or his ear...down they will go!