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#5909420 - 09/02/15 12:40 PM Hog Hunting
zepesk Offline
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Registered: 07/23/15
Posts: 5
I will be down in your great state of Texas next week to do some hog hunting. What rifle do you all recommend for hogs? Is a 243 big enough?

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#5909428 - 09/02/15 12:43 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
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Loc: Dallas, TX
yes

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#5909436 - 09/02/15 12:48 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
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Woodsman

Registered: 12/09/14
Posts: 100
Loc: North Texas
I like a 30-06 for hogs. that said any gun that's shoots is worth shooting at hogs. I have taken them with several different guns .223/ .243/ 30-30/ 12gage.

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#5909450 - 09/02/15 12:56 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
welcome ta THF were about ya gonna be hunten? theirs been some good threads on here discussing cal. type bullets, shot placement... Hogs are little tougher skinned than deer... .243 is bigger than a 556 isnt it ? Been having great success... Been using it lately... Best wishes on up coming hunt... flag


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#5909460 - 09/02/15 01:00 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
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Registered: 04/24/15
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Loc: Pittsburg, TX
It depends where you are but I have used everything from a .22 mag to a 300 wsm
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#5909467 - 09/02/15 01:04 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
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I recommend .270 or bigger for shots behind the shoulder. .223 and .243 are fine for head shots.
Regardless of how you want to look at it, a bigger caliber increases your odds of finding it.
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#5909514 - 09/02/15 01:35 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
zepesk Offline
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Registered: 07/23/15
Posts: 5
Thanks for all the information. I'll bring along my 300 short mag, I heard the snakes are as big as the hogs down there? I'll be in the Lake of the Pines area but really have a clue where to go? Open for suggestions?

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#5909608 - 09/02/15 02:24 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
Thats region 5 not an expert... Thats pretty good area... Most is privet land... Yagh, gotta know the people, & then still might not get permission... Their is some WMA or public hunting land... Thats were i hunt whin want ta get a hog... In OP ya said, be here next week... Dont believe any of WMA in region 5 are open for rifle hog hunts.. So thats out.. warm weather, their will still be snakes... Warmer years have seen snakes at WMA year round... Very few people get bit, not bad idea ta hunt with a buddy just incase... Theirs several that offer hunts, warm weather night hunts way ta go.. A lot depends on hunting pressure, At my feeders it was around two months before seen hogs on cam... Got a boar, havent seen any on cam, did see tracks taday though.. Havent checked pic's.... And as some one mentioned bigger cal, is better... .243 will do the job... Drink plenty of fluids... Best wishes... flag
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#5909905 - 09/02/15 05:21 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 04/24/15
Posts: 499
Loc: Pittsburg, TX
Good choice I shot 2 with one shot with my 300 wsm.
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#5909987 - 09/02/15 06:02 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 3857
Loc: texas
When you shoot a hog and he drops, reload and stay on him unless trying to immediately shoot another. They can lay there for 20 minutes, get up and walk away. Then you look back and have no idea what happened
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#5910087 - 09/02/15 06:50 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
Wilhunt Offline
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Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 2309
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
Have killed many with 22-250, 243 AND 30-06. think you will be fine with 243 or something comparable.
shoot them in the head.

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#5910197 - 09/02/15 07:39 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
Chief Joe Offline
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Registered: 02/06/10
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Loc: Fredericktown, Ohio
If you are comfortable shooting your 243 it will work fine..
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#5910487 - 09/02/15 09:49 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: zepesk]
altez Offline
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Registered: 03/13/08
Posts: 429
.243 will work... use good bullets and stick with head shots and you'll have drt.

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#5910623 - 09/02/15 10:58 PM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: altez]
Beckett Offline
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Registered: 09/19/09
Posts: 624
Loc: Plano
Head or neck, DRT. Shoulder or behind the shoulder, you may find them, you may not find them.
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#5910800 - 09/03/15 07:05 AM Re: Hog Hunting [Re: Beckett]
mikei Offline
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Registered: 11/16/14
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As other posters have said, shot location is critical, regardless of the caliber you decide to use. Study this image:


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