I want to hunt hogs with handgun this year.
I'm not looking to shoot a trophy hog, just meat hog like I always do.
I will keep the range within 25 yards as thats about as far as I can consistantly hit a clay pigeons from standing position.
I have couple of handguns I can use including a 357 mag Python, Colt 1911 in 45ACP and Ruger GP100.
I'm not sure if I want to use the 45ACP or 357mag yet.
Any advice would be appreciated.
A buddy of mine killed a sow a few years ago with a .40 Not sure how it would have done with a thick shielded boar but it got good penetration on the sow. .357 will do it for sure no problem. I'll be hunting them this year with a handgun as well but mine is a 7mm-08
I think I'm going to try the 357magnum this time and maybe use the 45ACP in future.
I have a 357mag load of 180gr Hornady XTP going 1,210 fps out of the Ruger GP100.
The 45ACP load is 200gr Hornady XTP going 990 fps from the Government model.
Shot placement is the key. I shot a big hog broadside 3 times with my .45 and he just kept on trotten. Shot one with my .40 same thing. You really need to hit the head / neck / spine otherwise you'll most likely not find them.