Hunting hog with handgun
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 assume 7mm-08 is a T/C?
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.
My brother shot a 300 pound boar with his .40 cal glock 35. He also killed a 100 pound sow with a 9mm Berretta. One shot to the ear with the 9mm, I think 8 to the chest/ribs with the .40
I think the first 2 shots with the .40 the hog didn't move, like he missed. The next 6 or more were just because he had that many more bullets left.
Last edited by kmf600; 10-11-2011 at 06:52 PM.
I think there are people who have killed hogs with a high power pellet gun to the ear too.
I have killed several with a 357 revolver.
10mm for me.
If I had to choose between 357 and 45 I would go with the 357. Should get better penetration.
Yes, both loads were made with "older" design XTP bullets which doesn't expand much but gives good penetration.
Originally Posted by JRussell
Yea its a TC. I'm a big fan of the 7-08 for its "man gun" power and "girl gun" recoil. I have one in pistol and one in rifle.
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.