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#6377580 - 07/21/16 02:07 PM What ammo should I use for hogs
allan50 Offline
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I have an Ar 15 and on the barrel it says 556 NATO 1/9 I use 55 grain at the range, but would like to use other ammo for hogs. I know placement is the key

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#6377583 - 07/21/16 02:08 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
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#6377607 - 07/21/16 02:36 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
allan50 Offline
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What would be the best grain

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#6377675 - 07/21/16 03:14 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
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#6377711 - 07/21/16 03:42 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
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62-70 grain.

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#6377719 - 07/21/16 03:44 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
rickt300 Offline
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75 grain might not stabilize in a 1-9 inch twist.

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#6377766 - 07/21/16 04:18 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
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Watch Palmetto's website. They run the Speer Gold Dot LE stuff on sale for $9.99/box plus free shipping if you buy 10 or more.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/speer-223-reminton-64gr-gold-dot-ammunition-20rds-24448.html


Edited by chalet (07/21/16 04:21 PM)
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#6378191 - 07/21/16 09:55 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
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I have shot up to 62 grns with the 1/9 twist, not moa but it will get in the kill zone. I am under the impression not to use above the 65 grn area for this twist.
Of course I don't have a fancy ar just a oly and bushy.

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#6378521 - 07/22/16 09:49 AM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
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You have 30 rounds, just pick a bullet and light em up!

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#6378603 - 07/22/16 10:42 AM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: rickt300]
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Originally Posted By: rickt300
75 grain might not stabilize in a 1-9 inch twist.


Actually, they should. I think the problem is that many claimed twist rates are not what is claimed and your 1:9 maybe closer to 1:10 or 1:8.

http://www.gunsandammo.com/ammo/pair-barrel-twist-rates-ammo/
http://info.stagarms.com/blog/bid/371861/How-Barrel-Twist-Rate-Affects-Ammunition-Choice

With that said, I would go with the heaviest bullet your gun will fire accurately and reliably and that expands. I would shy away from fmj you are hoping will fragment during tumbling and from target bullets (overly thin jackets).
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#6378760 - 07/22/16 01:01 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
allan50 Offline
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Thank's to everyone for the advice. I plan onlooking for different ammo this coming week since I will be hunting during August 5 and 6

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#6378800 - 07/22/16 01:29 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
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Pick a couple to try and shoot what your gun likes best
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#6378961 - 07/22/16 04:09 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
Alim Offline
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Every hog I've killed with my AR has been with FMJ or tracers. Hit em in the neck area, and it doesn't matter.

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#6379007 - 07/22/16 04:59 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
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Edited by Bigfoot (07/22/16 05:03 PM)
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#6379869 - 07/23/16 01:32 PM Re: What ammo should I use for hogs [Re: allan50]
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DNS advice is spot on, go with what your gun shoots best. It is better to have confidence in the shot (as you said, shot placement is key) than have a larger/heavier bullet that doesn't shoot consistently.

I shoot 55gr soft points out of my AR platform. I have dropped many a hog and some take a second (or third) shot to get them down. It's when I can get a good neck level CNS shot that drops them...when they are running after that first shot all bets are off, and that goes for virtually any bullet you could reliably shoot semiauto in that fashion.

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