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#7123786 - 03/26/18 05:00 PM Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs?
JTPinTX Offline
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Registered: 04/01/15
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Loc: TX Panhandle
I'm putting together a suppressed Adams Arms 14.5" piston upper for killing pigs. It has a 1:7" twist so I can run as heavy a bullet I want, and I want it to dig deep on body shots. I will be reloading for this rifle, though possibly running some factory ammo as well. What are some good 70-75 grain plus bullets that you guys have seen work well on pigs? Seems I have heard some folks talk about the 75 Hornady BTHP working good, maybe the 77 SMK or 77 Custom Comp as well.

While you fellas are at it, if there is a particular powder you think works well in this application then mention that as well.

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#7123881 - 03/26/18 06:16 PM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/08
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Loc: Mesquite, Tx
Sierra Gameking 65 grain
Barnes TSX 70 grain

Both have proven to be deadly on hogs.

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#7124632 - 03/27/18 11:26 AM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
JTPinTX Offline
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Thanks bigjoe

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#7124654 - 03/27/18 11:44 AM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
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I have recently loaded 75gr Hornady HPBT for that apllication and I used CFE223 because I have quite a bit of it and load on a progressive. Varget/TAC/AR Comp/Reloder15/ IMR 8208/Imr4166 all work well with the heavies.
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#7124737 - 03/27/18 12:52 PM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
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I think Speer makes a bonded 77gr soft point. But wonít swear it. Been a long time since I had time to fool with it.

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#7124814 - 03/27/18 01:33 PM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
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reloading section can also get more input, powder.

Have had great success with the cheap factory 55gr hps & fmj on hogs. Close range shots, not best blood trail for heart lung area, most blood stays in side cavity. Best wishes. Only reloading i've done was my .357 mag
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#7124847 - 03/27/18 02:00 PM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: DStroud]
JTPinTX Offline
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Originally Posted By: DStroud
I have recently loaded 75gr Hornady HPBT for that apllication and I used CFE223 because I have quite a bit of it and load on a progressive. Varget/TAC/AR Comp/Reloder15/ IMR 8208/Imr4166 all work well with the heavies.


I have heard the Hornady 75 BTHPM as loaded in the Hornady Black factory ammo is a pretty good performer. I think that bullet is one I would like to try. Of the powders listed above, which have been the cleanest burning in your experience? I have shot 4166 in some other things and thought it was pretty dirty unless pushed really hard.

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#7126977 - 03/29/18 09:29 AM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
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I have used a lot of BLC-2 with the heavier bullets, not too dirty. I have also used the 75 gr. BTHPM with cannelure some on game. I followed my own advice on shooting hogs with the 5.56, always go for CNS hits no matter what you use and your success rate at recovering hogs will be pretty good. I have had very good luck using the Federal XM193 loading. A copy of the Vietnam era 55 gr. FMJBT. This bullet will break up and still get pretty good penetration, seems to kill better than you would think it would, still think solid CNS hits when your making the shot.

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#7127230 - 03/29/18 01:59 PM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
SpawnofChesty Offline
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Registered: 02/09/15
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Hornady #5 Turkey Shot apparently works well. I took two pigs with it on a James Daughtrey Turkey Hunt.

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#7127941 - 03/30/18 11:41 AM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
maxscm Offline
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Registered: 01/07/11
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Sierra 65 Gr Gamekings , push them as hard as they will go, Don't worry about Groups, because you'll be shooting Close range at night on Hogs.

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#7128618 - 03/31/18 06:23 AM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
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Why heavy? Fifty 5 gr SPs work fine
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#7130056 - 04/02/18 07:49 AM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
JTPinTX Offline
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Thanks for the advice guys. I got my rifle cerakoted and built up late last week, then took it out Friday to zero and get some brass to load. Saturday made a couple trips back and forth to my range at work (just 5 minutes from my house) and got me some loads tuned up using the 65 SGK and a max charge of W748. The rifle likes it, shooting hard and accurate. The last 3 zero shots with it hit the 4" orange dot I was using to zero with at 200. Not bad considering no scope, just using a Burris Fastfire with a red dot that is really bigger than I like. Rifle is light and fast though, it is going to work very well for night work on hogs.

Adams Arms 14.5" piston upper with pinned brake, VooDoo barrel, Spikes lower, Magpul MOE SL stock, Burris Fastfire II. Cerakoted in Burnt Bronze. I still have to swap the grip, move some rail sections around to suit me, add swivel flush cups and sling. But it is about 90% of where I want it.

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#7131828 - 04/03/18 08:07 PM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
maxscm Offline
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I like that Rifle JT

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#7132065 - 04/04/18 07:12 AM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
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Very nice rifle. up
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#7132236 - 04/04/18 09:51 AM Re: Good 556 heavy bullets for pigs? [Re: JTPinTX]
aggiehunter03 Offline
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Why can't Hornady just make an ELD-X 75 grainer and fix all our problems? There is a 70 grain Accubond but not sure if it is available yet. It will likely be pretty expensive for dumping mags at pigs too.
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