A buddy suggested some new ammo for me and hooked me up with 40 rounds. He said I just needed to put the round somewhere around the neck or head and it would do the job. He thought I would be pleased with it. HOLY FLIPPING CRAP! I shot the hog in the neck and blood flew out of both ears, both eyes, the skull/head deformed, and I have overpenetration bleeding on the opposite side of the head from the impact.
I finally got it sighted in after the weather turned nice. The Alexander Arms loads Speer 90gr. TNT ammo should be doing about 2800 fps out of my rifle. It sighted in about .75-1.00" over my current zero using Hornady 123 gr. SST ammo. I made a one click adjustment to my sight and was good to go with the bullet impacting at the top of my center dot at 100 yards.
I headed over to TBR for my weekly hunt. The landowner had said there had been hogs on the cameras and I checked cams at 2 feeders and my normal spot (food plot) had only one hog image from a few days ago and this other feeder (North Feeder) had a bunch from the night before. The cool thing about this spot was that it was overlooked by a box stand that also overlooks a feeder (South Feeder) in the opposite direction. Cool.
So I had patterned the hog based on one night's images and determined that the hog should be back roughly 24 hours later to the North Feeder. All I had to do was to wait for 5 hours and the hog should arrive. In just 3.5 hours, the sun would be down and things would cool off and the critters would come out.
The deer did come out, lots of deer, and they hit the north feeder pretty hard. Rabbits were everywhere and I also managed to see a skunk and raccoon. Nearly all the action was to the north, but I kept pivoting 180 degrees to check the opposite feeder.
Long about 10:00, the boar arrived. Got my rifle on, up, in the window, braced, sighted on the hog, then remembered to turn on the video recorder...waited until he turned and placed the shot at about the middle of the neck behind the head. The hog dropped and then barely kicked.
When I checked the hog, it was a flipping bloody mess! It was beautiful and horrific all at the same time. There was a LOT of blood for not being a heart shot. As noted above, it had flown out of his eyes, ears, and sides of his head. I tried to capture it in the images, but his collapsed left cheek doesn't show up very well.
Oh sure, we have all made some shots that had some gruesome results, but this impressed me. Shooter promised spectacular results and that is what I got - with no apologies, backtracking, clarification, or rationalization. Simply BOOM and there it was.
Before folks run out and buy some Speer TNT ammo for hog hunting, know that it is a thin walled varmint load. It it meant to come apart "explosively" and isn't normally what you would want for trying to shoot the boiler room on a hog. Pictures can be found here...http://s627.photobucket.com/user/HornHillRange/library/Shooter Said
Loc: Deep East Texas
Originally Posted By: Vern1
At about 43 seconds in as you scan the deer, there appears to be a pig walking towards you on the far left.
Vern, if you will play it back and look closely...I think you will recognize the 'head shape' and gait of the animal to be the same as the other deer. But, since the angle of the deer was quartering to the hunter, the body appeared more compact than it actually is. Set on 'Black Hot' you can lose a lot of detail that 'White Hot' might show, depending on circumstance.
Spartans ask not...how many, but where!
Flint is right. They were all deer. I watched them all for a while before where the video starts.
Black hot or white hot is a personal preference and each has subtle advantages for viewing. For more open environments, I really like the black hot better because the animals and imagery looks more like what you would see with B&W TV as opposed to looking at an old film negative. White hot animals look like Patronuses from Harry Potter. http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Patronus_Charm
I do prefer spotting with white hot.
There is also a bit of getting used-to making identifications with thermal. You lose depth of field and you get a very flat perspective and so you have to learn silhouettes from various points of view and learn animal movement patterns which can tell you a lot about what sort of animal you are seeing.