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#5674423 - 03/29/15 09:32 AM 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs?
tenyearsgone Offline
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What are you using? Both are very accurate out of my AR-15 but I'm not sure if I want speed or size. Looking forward to getting my first kills with this rifle I've had for a few years now after playing around with the 6.8.

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#5674452 - 03/29/15 09:55 AM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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I'd go 55 SP. The bthp can fragment very easy and limit penetration. The 55 SP is nasty on soft tissue.
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#5674646 - 03/29/15 12:42 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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I have no experience with anything but the 55 grain SP since it has worked well for me.
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#5674707 - 03/29/15 01:43 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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I have put down quite a few hogs over the past year with a 55gr SP out of my AR. They have worked good for me but can't compare to the 77gr BTHP because I have not tried those

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#5674745 - 03/29/15 02:20 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Loc: Gainesville Tx.
i use 75 gr Hornady BTHP thru my Sig 556 almost exclusively and have been very satisfied with them. Shot distances have been 6 feet to 250 yards. This rifle is accurate with them and this bullet is available locally. However, if a 55 gr soft point is also accurate thru your rifle then maybe that's what you need to use. I know it would be one of my favorites on feral hogs.

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#5674814 - 03/29/15 03:53 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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I used Horanady 55gr SP training ammo. Worked great, but I used upper neck shots.
I'm not sure what it would do broadside.

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#5674948 - 03/29/15 05:57 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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I'd suggest the 65 gr Sierra GK or the 64 gr Nosler Bonded Solid Base. Or the 60 gr Partition or the 55 gr Sierra GK. I have experience with those, so feel that I can recommend them. If the 77 grainer is a target bullet, I'd go with something else.

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#5675389 - 03/29/15 10:18 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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What would a 55 grain Varmageddon ballistic tip bullet do? Not considering it, just curious.

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#5675412 - 03/29/15 10:34 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
bo323 Online   content
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It would be for headshots only. Varmint bullets do not penetrate well.

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#5675434 - 03/29/15 10:53 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
5 Stand Dan Offline
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I have always believed in doing it right instead of doing it over, use these:

Nosler 64 gr Bonded
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#5675822 - 03/30/15 10:03 AM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Its not the cheap rout, but if a hunting bullet is the intend I don't think you can find a better on game performer than the 60 grain partition. Haven not tried the 64 grain bonded nosler, but reports I have heard indicate it is similar.

Not saying the others wont work, but these would do it in Style!
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#5676846 - 03/30/15 07:33 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
tenyearsgone Offline
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Those look cool but I've got loads developed for 55, 75, and 77 grain already.

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#5677202 - 03/30/15 10:08 PM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
Grendel 6.5 Offline
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GK if you're reloading. Strangely, you cannot find the GK in loaded ammunition, only bullets. They are great bullets though.
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#5677665 - 03/31/15 08:55 AM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: redchevy]
sneakyfletch Offline
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Registered: 07/08/13
Posts: 184
Loc: burleson
Well we dont want to base our decisions off reports give the man some evidence the 64gbn work or don't mention it.only true test is to try it out yourself.do not take advice from someyone who has heard they might work goodluck
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#5677870 - 03/31/15 11:03 AM Re: 77 grain BTHP or 55 grain softpoint for hogs? [Re: tenyearsgone]
603Country Offline
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Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 5258
Loc: Central Texas
What sort of evidence would you need to convince you that the 64 gr BSB "works". I tried it out on a few coyotes, and it worked Ok. My intent, when I got the bullets, was to shoot pigs with it. But the pigs have left me, for now. I don't plan to shoot deer with it. And I admit that coyote blasting won't really tell us much about the bullet and larger game.

It won't quite stabilize in my 220. It shot great in my 223, but I didn't get great groups till I got very close to max loads. Then I got very nice grouping (1in 9 twist). The rifle is now with Derrick, for a new barrel (wasn't anything wrong with the old barrel, but I wanted even better grouping).

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