Nice Boar. Tough one for certain.
I agree…the slug wound is what proved fatal to the pig. Not surprising the buckshot (at that distance had little effect).
On smaller hogs the results would be better (using 00 buck) but even then….you have to consider that 40 yards is stretching it. Yes, the many pigs taken from helicopters with 00 buck or even 0 buck would have you think that buckshot is Thor’s Hammer, but those are mostly smaller pigs and many are shot in the spine from above.
If you want to knock the poopy out of large hogs, get some 3” Dixie Tri-Ball and leave the slugs at home.
00 buck is O.K. for small pigs, as you already know, but those who haven’t used it…consider this:
A 00 buck pellet is about .33 caliber and weighs roughly 54 grains. At 40 yards (even with high velocity loads) they churn up a fairly anemic 115 ft. lbs of energy (each pellet) and ‘deep’ penetration on hogs should not be expected.
Dixie Tri-Ball is three hardened .600” balls weighing 320 gr. each. At 40 yards each pellet will deliver almost 700 ft. lbs of energy. If you have an improved cylinder choke, you can expect a pattern of 10” at that distance. Full choke even better.
Of course, it’s not practical to use on hordes of hogs. You won’t find it on the shelf at Walmart or even your local gun shop. But for situations where you expect to encounter a large, tough hog as your first target, it is up to the task…I promise.
The ‘shield’ you allude to on that hog is fibrous tissue and on some hogs can be fairly tough and two or more inches thick. Here is an example from a boar I shot.
To make matters worse, unless you shoot a hog standing broadside (hide perpendicular to your line of sight) then the amount of ‘shield’ a projectile must penetrate… increases. The one inch squares below illustrate that difference.
Your hog was shot mostly broadside, but you don’t always get that luxury.
I only mention this….so everyone doesn’t go grab up their shotgun and buckshot to go hog hunting. I know YOU know the limitations, but a lot of folks don’t.
Great hog…. good job and nice shooting.