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Side Arm Calibers #8750494 12/05/22 06:13 PM
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Do you guys carry a side arm when out hog hunting with your rifle? If so, what is your go to side arm?

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With my AR that has a light I like to bring Ruger Mark IV for small game but loaded with Velocitors. When I have one of the bolt guns I like my S&W 4006 which has a light. So basically I always have one gun with a light on it, whether it's the long gun or the handgun.

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P365 I may or may not change mag to hardcast bullets.

Carry every day everywhere, don’t know why I would stop just because I had a long rifle.

It’s like my wallet and pocket knife


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While at the Ranch, my go to is Ruger Blackhawk in 357. 4 rounds of 158gr XTP's and 2 rounds of snake shot. Takes care of pigs, skunks, snakes, and once, even a couple of big tasty looking bullfrogs.

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If I need to move about on foot at night I usually carry a larger caliber pistol in a holster. Where I hunt there is one particular place I often have to go through. I refer to it as "The Gauntlet" and it's not too unusual to run into a belligerent hog in that area. I don't know how useful a mag full of .45 ACP or 10mm would truly be in the dark, but it does make me feel a little better to have a pistol. I'm definitely not overconfident about the whole thing, I just figure I have a fighting chance if I run into a mean old boar who wants to take me out.


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Yes, usually if lever action hunting the pistol is same caliber, 41 mag or 44 mag, as the rifle. For my bolt action rifle I carry a 10mm as my sidearm.
Don't carry one when big game hunting up here usually.

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I only take a long gun when hunting hog or deer. But, when I once had a very large hog trap, I’d have to put down quite a few hogs. At first I used the 357 and 125 gr HPs, but later found that the 158 gr cast bullets did kill ‘em deader and faster.

This morning I popped a trapped hog between the eyes with my 22 LR. When I skinned her out, I was really amazed at how deep the 22 bullet went.


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Originally Posted by 603Country


This morning I popped a trapped hog between the eyes with my 22 LR. When I skinned her out, I was really amazed at how deep the 22 bullet went.


What 22 LR round do you use?

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I always carry; usually a pocket revolver. When I'll be around hogs I put a .44 on my belt instead.

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Yes I do. Mostly just because, though I have taken hogs with a handgun. But the point is I always hunt with a rifle and it always has a light on it. Going to and from a blind, on a path, that is in addition to a headlamp.

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colt 10 mm

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It was a 22 LR from my 9422. The backstrap where it meets the neck was a bit bloodshot. That’s not the first time I’ve noticed that, To be a bit more specific, it was a Remington Golden HP. They definitely are more effective than round nose ammo.

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I carry a 1911 full size in 45 acp, officer's size 9mm, or a Glock 26 9mm. I CCW anyway, so it really doesn't change when I go hunt except I use a different holster and sometimes a different pistol.


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.44 mag super Blackhawk

Not cause I need it or it’s more effective as I’m gonna be carrying a rifle. Just is more fun when an opportunity presents itself. Carry it on a chest holster and I forget it’s there

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My hog hunting carry pistol is an old model Vaquero in 45 Long colt. A heavy flat nosed cast bullet pushed to 900 fps. I can hit a paper plate every time with it out to 75 yards. It is more effective than it's paper ballistics.

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I do

But I got rid of everything a few years ago except 9mm

So thats what I am carrying


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SA XDm in 10mm. It just makes me feel a little better.

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Thanks, I do carry a P365 XL everyday but just don't feel too comfortable about a 9mm on a wild boar that is pissed at me. I'd prefer a larger caliber when out hunting hogs. I'm considering a Sig P320 XTEN 10mm since I own a few other P320's and love the way they feel in my hand and shoot.

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I carry a .22LR pistol on me when I'm out hunting, and I have a 9mm in the truck.


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Originally Posted by Double Naught Spy
I carry a 1911 full size in 45 acp, officer's size 9mm, or a Glock 26 9mm. I CCW anyway, so it really doesn't change when I go hunt except I use a different holster and sometimes a different pistol.


Same here, my carry gun goes with me. Double Stack 45 acp 1911 with my own +P handloads.

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