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#3248800 - 07/22/20 08:15 PM Hog Caliber
Brian Shoop Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/02/20
Posts: 28
Loc: Arizona
I have a hog hunt in Texas in a few weeks and am looking for some advice on caliber. At this point, I have two options.

1. Remington 700 in .223
2. Ruger 77/22 in 22 hornet

I dont have an option of buying another gun and shots will be over feeders and probably about 50 yards or less.

Thoughts?

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#3248805 - 07/22/20 08:56 PM Re: Hog Caliber [Re: Brian Shoop]
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2207
Loc: Colorado USA
223 with head shots, in the ear,with 55 grain bullets.
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#3249296 - 07/31/20 10:04 AM Re: Hog Caliber [Re: Brian Shoop]
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Registered: 04/19/19
Posts: 39
Loc: Michigan
I would second the .223. I would even step up to 62+ grain bullets only go heavier than 64 if your rifle has a twist rate of 1:8 or faster. I agree the head shot behind the eat would be preferred, but if you have to go for the boiler room the heavier bullet will be a much better choice.

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#3249308 - 07/31/20 12:07 PM Re: Hog Caliber [Re: Brian Shoop]
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Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 8183
Loc: USA

Of the rifles you have to choose from, the .223 will work best in my opinion. As already stated, head shots will drop them. I have used a 6x45 (223 necked up to 6mm) and Sierra 75 gr. HP’s with good success. I would stay away from fragile V-Max type bullets. As mentioned too, maybe step up to a 60-62 gr. bullet if your rifle will shoot them well. Accuracy is required for making clean head shots. Also, a hog shot behind the shoulder can run a long way sometimes, even from hits with large calibers, so take head shots like previously mentioned.


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#3249325 - 07/31/20 01:33 PM Re: Hog Caliber [Re: 6mm06]
Brian Shoop Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/02/20
Posts: 28
Loc: Arizona
Thank you all. I will be using my brother's 308

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