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11/8/06 4:29 PM
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Willybone
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A friend of mine has invited me to go boar hunting next year. What's a good caliber for boar?
11/9/06 8:12 PM
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Bob Sacamano
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i would say a 30.06 would be good enough
11/9/06 10:15 PM
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Once you are in a group of rifles, from .270 and up, that more important is the construction of the bullet. This is especially true if you are hunting males 200 pounds and up. I use the federal premium vital shock in the .308. This hot load has a bullet that is constructed for heavy, dangerous game. I once shot a 285 pound boar and broke both of his shoulders with this load. He then shoved himself on the ground trying to attack me. If I hadn't been using an adequate load, he would have gotten me. Very important: Do not use a light, deer-type bullet for hunting boar!
11/10/06 9:56 AM
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Thank you very much! I think the .308 would be a very versitile rifle to have, but I hear your message that the type of bullet is more important than the caliber itself.
Do you think I could get the same kind of performance out of a 30-30 catridge?
11/16/06 2:06 PM
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I've hunted hogs with both a .30-30 and .30-06. The .30-06 I've made clean shots and had the animal charge me, and have had the same happen to friends with a .30-30. Lik it was mentioned before the cartridge is the key. If you are hunting with the .30-30 buy some of the new Hornady LeveRevolution loads. They have a higher Ballistic Coefficient and higher velocities, which mean more knockdown power out of a similarly heavy bullet
12/6/06 9:00 PM
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I hunt with a Remington .308 (700P) and a Desert Eagle .44 for back up/finish.
12/8/06 10:57 PM
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I am going out to hunt boar by the moon in a couple of hours with my .308.
12/10/06 5:36 PM
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Use a Bow. Much more exciting.
12/15/06 3:24 PM
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Yeah, The best hog I ever arrowed gave a screaming roar just before it died. Freaking awesome!
2/2/07 3:07 PM
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2/4/07 12:34 PM
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I am going to lease some land out west of town and it's loaded with hogs. So after reading this thread I take it that a .223 (AR-15) would be a bad choice to take hogs? I have 30 rounds in case of a charge but I'm not looking to tempt death, epically since I was planning on having my girlfriend with me. I was planning on bringing a .45 ACP for a back up but bringing a pistol to a rifle fight might not be such a good idea either. Would a 12 gauge with slugs or buck shot work? What's the most effective way to hunt them? How do you hunt them by moonlight? I walked up on a group of them drinking out of a mud puddle one and they just ran off. What are the chances of a charge? Hell if it's dangerous and I'm half drunk I'm thinking this may be more fun than I originally thought.
2/4/07 2:59 PM
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The problem with a small caliber gun like a .223 is that you may not get a second accurate shot at the animal. You need to put it down with one shot if possible. One of the largest hogs I have taken was shot with a mini-14, .223. :)
2/5/07 9:43 AM
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Would a 12 gauge with slugs or buck shot work?
My friend will be shooting a shotgun with slugs, and that's what he's advising me to get as well. It looks like I could get a new Remington 870 for about $400 with a slug barrel.
2/5/07 2:24 PM
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That's kind of what I'm thinking Willybone.
2/9/07 9:01 PM
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get a pack of dogs to catch it, then all you need is a knife. thats what we use out here.
2/12/07 6:45 AM
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Willybone
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I've got cats. How many do you think it would take to bring down a boar?


For the record, they are game.
6/7/07 5:09 PM
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Willybone
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FINALLY!

I just took possession of my Remington 870 Express Magnum 12ga with a 26" field and a 20" rifled barrel.
Now, I just have to figure out how I'm going to become a marksman with the slug barrel when slugs are frickin' $2.40 EACH!
I'm going to be collecting cans by the side of the road for months.
6/7/07 5:14 PM
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Willybone
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I'll let you know in August. That's when I'm doing the boar trip. I've read that the rifled barrels are good out to 100 yards, but the guide said most shots are taken at 50-75 yards.
6/13/07 6:56 PM
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id go .25-06
6/18/07 8:47 PM
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45-70 will do the trick.
10/3/07 11:35 PM
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i have used 30-30 270 30-06 .223

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