View Full Version : What Gun Would You Use?

February 5, 2009, 08:22 AM
G'day, just got this photo in an e-mail and thought I should share it with you good folk.
What size gun would you chose to take this beast?
What minimum size gun would you choose?
What type of projectile would you recommend and why?
Who else has photos of big pigs? please post them.


You might think twice next time about wandering around
in the scrub.

This wild pig was caught in Western Australia ,
Roy Hill Station, Newman.(Pilbara Region)

They only caught it because their dogs were going missing -
it was eating their dogs!


February 5, 2009, 08:37 AM
I thought they basically couldn't have guns in Australia these days.

Personally if I saw a pig that big I'd use the TRUCK :D

February 5, 2009, 10:05 AM
Well, we know what to use for bait...


February 5, 2009, 12:42 PM
Reeks of internet hoax.

30-06 - 'cause it works on everything...

February 5, 2009, 01:35 PM
.50 cal m/l right in the neck or head. using solid tip sabot.

February 5, 2009, 06:16 PM
30-06 - 'cause it works on everything...
+1 internet points to davlandrum

February 5, 2009, 06:40 PM
was Hogzilla an internet hoax?

February 5, 2009, 10:51 PM
Hogzilla was an internet hoax. Not too sure about this one cause I've seen pigs that big and larger on farms.

Of the guns I have I think the 20ga with slugs close up, the .30-06 if it was at a safe distance.

February 5, 2009, 11:45 PM
I would use my trusty .300 win mag probably loaded with my 200gr woodleigh weldcore. That is my sambar load. Any good chest or neck shot would take it down. 180 accubond would also be sufficent dojgn about 3000fps.

Minimum would be my .243 with my 100gr hornady interlock, neck shot would do the job.

Was there any info on the weight of the giant boar

February 6, 2009, 01:15 AM
Monsterquest the tv series did an interesting show on monster hogs. The scientist who reviewed all of the so called moster hog cases in the US believed that all of the huge ones like that were farm raised hogs that were set free or escaped after they grew to their huge size. According to these guys, hogs in the wild are typicaly not getting enough nutrients to reach much over 200-300 lbs. Apparently the bone structure of the skull, jaw and teeth is a tell tale sign if the hog was truly feral.

February 6, 2009, 02:52 AM
I believe that truck holding a huge hog was posted before,and,as I recall the gentleman recomended a .303 British.

With a good ,penetrating bullet,any ww1 or 2 battlerifle cartridge would do.A 7 or 8 by 57,a 303,a 30-40 Krag,30-06

Say ,in .30,a 180 gr bullet at 2400?

However,I neck .458 down to .375 ,a .375 Chatfield Taylor.I suppose that is what I would use.

A strong 45-70 lever action would work well.

phil mcwilliam
February 6, 2009, 03:58 AM
I'd use my 308 with 150 grain bullets ,like I use for everthing else I've hunted in Australia., but with a monster like this I'd still try for a behind the ear shot if possible. I've dropped water buffalo & scrub bulls with the 308 in outback Australia so I think there would be enough steam, even for a pig of this size.
I believe the posted photo is fair-dinkum but you have to realize the jib is tilting the hog towards the camera,& the guy is standing in the background to make the pig look big. It was also cover edition of shooting magazines about 2 years ago in Australia. I also think the dog-eating bit was tagged onto the original photo from the interview.
As no pig species is native to Australia, all wild pigs are a mixture of domestic , asian, & European breeds. In western NSW there are areas where stations have tens of thousands of acres of wheat where the mobs of pigs can hide & feed on grain all day.
Some years ago I was on a guided pig hunt in the Top End of Australia on a remote million acre property. The feral pigs were plentiful, with a 5 day, fly in fly out trip, getting us 50 plus boars between us. All the boars had excellent ivory, with 3 to 4 inches showing, being the average. Although they all had good tusks, the body size was only medium say 130 pound. One day out on a remote lake we saw a Huge "show winner"500 pound pink domestic pig. The guide sheepishly asked me not to shoot it & admitted to letting this sow loose the previous year to try & improve body size of the"wild" pigs.

February 6, 2009, 09:33 AM
prolly some buckshot in my 12 gauge.
if that doesnt work, i'd do it again 4 times.

February 6, 2009, 09:45 AM
Smallgame, Lemme know how that buckshot thing works out for you...:D
I would use a .22lr at point blank range 'twift the eyes...

February 6, 2009, 09:53 AM
The show that shows a guy in bib overalls with dogs is one I have seen. He is a great guy in texas.
The jaw thing mentioned is a small incisor located right behind the bottom tusks. If present, the hog is not truly of russian/euro pure blood.... it is a hybrid. I have never personally seen a hog without it.
Skull shape is different on the first couple generations at most from an escaped pig. The word feral is loosely used since once a pig escapes and eats, poops and sleeps one time... IMHO he is feral:)
After a generation or two of piglets, the heads will be narrower and longer to aid in rooting. Adaptation at its finest...

February 6, 2009, 10:03 AM
38 Special*

*Only if my father in law was with me and he just had hip surgery.:eek:

February 6, 2009, 02:08 PM
400 pounder at tioga this past spring...this is JUST THE SKIN!

buddy shot it with a bow, 4 arrows...

February 6, 2009, 02:19 PM
I would test my 9.3x62mm. I bet it will rip this beast apart.

February 6, 2009, 09:45 PM
.300 wsm with a bonded 180gr load that was a dddeeeeeeppp penetrator only cuz I gots one; if I had a .30-06 I would opt for a heavy 180gr or 220gr bonded bullet

February 7, 2009, 01:16 AM
I'd use a real mans cartridge... Yessir... The .22LR... Catch him while he's sleepin and give him a tiny pill up the nose:D

I dunno.... .300 win mag minimum for me... Them suckers are mean.

February 7, 2009, 01:32 AM
Um... Probably claymores... I wouldn't want to mess with that thing. Had a pot bellied pig once, bit me right on the finger... Don't mess with pigs man, they just don't give a ****

February 7, 2009, 01:15 PM
G'day. I'm sure I have seen this photo around before. The information supplied is all I have. Lets just assume it has not been through the photo shop or scale down truck and midget used.
I have a .270, that I plan to load 130 gr SBT at around 2800 f/s.
No, I don't expect to come across pigs this size. Just not experienced with taking the bigger animals of any breed and wanted some input.

Brian Pfleuger
February 7, 2009, 01:25 PM
12ga with deer slugs. I'm reasonably confident I could cleanly kill any animal on the planet, with the POSSIBLE exception of elephants.

Para Bellum
February 7, 2009, 03:32 PM
7x57 with RWS HMK (works on any game):



And I'd make sure not to get too close too soon.

February 7, 2009, 05:47 PM
Looks like you got it in control! I would use a 338 win.mag

February 7, 2009, 08:37 PM
Here in the US I think I'd either use a .30-06 or a .35 Whelen. If I was in Australia I'd probably go with .303 Enfield. Australians, from what I hear, have taken Enfield shooting to a level greater than anywhere else in the world. ;)

February 7, 2009, 10:35 PM
Well, we know what to use for bait...

Yeah, My mother-in-law!:D:D:D

February 8, 2009, 02:34 AM
Hey skulls my best mate has a tikka in .270, he does not reload only uses factory loads. 130gr winchester SP and remington coreloks. He has taken a trophy buffalo, several sambar deer, 13 point red deer, and many trophy pigs.

The buffalo took two shots first was from about 70yds, clean broadside. the buff went 100m before he went down, the second shot was a finish shot to be safe. The buff was dead on the first though.

He has some brilliant sambar trophies which have only taken the first shot for the kill.

The .270 is a wicked caliber.

February 8, 2009, 03:33 PM
i'd feel very comfortable with:
45-70 w/425 gr. hard cast lead
308 w/ 165 gr partition
30-06 w/ """""""""""""""""
300 wsm w/ 180 gr partition

would still try to bring him down with:
6.5x55 with 139 gr normas
44 mag rifle w/ 300 gr hard cast (inside 75 yards);)

February 8, 2009, 03:37 PM
Maybe a 700 Nitro Express :p

February 8, 2009, 04:53 PM
i am going to stay home.:eek:

February 8, 2009, 05:07 PM
a M249, meat be danged! or id walk away very quietly and calmly til i got ot my truck, then make Richard Petty proud!

February 9, 2009, 12:09 AM
G'day, got a couple more photos to share. What was that somebody said about small bones?




February 9, 2009, 12:10 AM
Oh god. You got Big Foot.

February 9, 2009, 01:10 AM
where the hell was that pig taken.

February 9, 2009, 06:42 PM
G'day it looks like a pistol is the go.


February 9, 2009, 11:36 PM
Ha, you saying the pic in Australia was doctored too?

February 9, 2009, 11:46 PM
You find these WHERE??? I'm planning a trip in your direction.

February 11, 2009, 01:00 AM
sorry but a pig that looks like it weighs more than 2 tons, and is bigger than my mates northern territory buff. To me that would make news around the world. At least in the news papers

It's gone a little too far. And the fact that there is no recorded weights included in these photos.

February 11, 2009, 02:02 AM
Iv shot stacks of pig’s im sure that one has been photo shopped cos iv seen this photo before, Newman Pilbara Region of north west Aust is a Hot dry place and I would be surprised if a pig could attain that size in those condition’s as I worked in mining in that area only a year ago. The 243 with 100 gr Partition on up to 308 with 165 gr will take out any pig.

February 11, 2009, 08:48 AM
G'day. I have done a little research on the pig shot by the boy with the pistol. It is from the US, was a farm pig let loose for a controlled 'hunt', The three photos of the other pig seem to be another controlled 'hunt' with an 'imported' pig. Either way, they are still big pigs that I would be very cautious of.

February 11, 2009, 10:19 PM
Come on now... Be a real man and go after a true beast:


Nothing more fierce than the jackalope....

Para Bellum
February 12, 2009, 03:25 PM
7x57 = 7mm Mauser
The ballistics of the 7x57mm became popular with deer and plains game hunters. The relatively flat trajectory and manageable recoil ensured its place as a sportsman's cartridge. The 7x57mm can offer very good penetrating ability due to a fast twist rate that enables it to fire long, heavy bullets with a high sectional density. This made it popular in Africa, where it was used on animals up to and including elephants, for which it was particularly favoured by noted ivory hunter W. D. M. Bell, who shot 1,011 elephants using a 7x57mm rifle, when most ivory hunters were using larger-caliber rifles.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7x57mm_Mauser

February 12, 2009, 09:50 PM
Dont you just love the way that people use cameras and distance. Put you target up close and your background further back. I saw a picture of a man holding up the statue of liberty once.

February 14, 2009, 12:41 AM
W. D. M. Bell, who shot 1,011 elephants using a 7x57mm rifle

And he should have stopped much sooner. Last I heard the elephants aren't quite as plentiful these days. Why would you need to kill that many? How much ivory does a guy need to sell? I've got nothing against a guy bagging an animal mind you....

February 16, 2009, 06:01 AM
This isn't a hoax I live in western australia, ive seen pigs like this before. A simple .223 to the head would do the trick but having a 300WSM would be a comforting feeling walking through the bush !!

Para Bellum
February 16, 2009, 03:52 PM
Well, we know what to use for bait...

Yeah, My mother-in-law!

Take mine first, plezzzzzz:D

February 16, 2009, 04:26 PM
Myself,I have no interest in shooting elephants,rhinos,big cats,zebras,girrafe,etc.Maybe some antelope,or a Cape Buffalo.I enjoy the idea of shooting these hogs,as they are feral and need to be controlled.

But,Karamojo Bell was from a different time.I have read his books,and they are quite good reading.Robert Ruark wrote about shooting an old elephant,with an interesting point of view about what sort of fate nature holds for the aged creature,and that a quick bullet is not so unkind.
Teddy Roosevelt collected one of about everything,but then,he did set aside the national parks.These men were not so wrong,it was a different time.

I also would not be interested in hide hunting bison,but it is interesting to read accounts of the old buffalo hunters in Black Powder Cartridge News.
And,an honest ,on foot stalk of a fairly wild buff with a black powder rifle is on my list

February 16, 2009, 09:03 PM
How heavy are those freakin' things?!:eek: They sure look huge! I'd be taking my .300 WSM out for those things. If not bigger!:D

February 19, 2009, 10:03 PM
G'day. I've found the right dog to hunt these with.

February 20, 2009, 11:40 PM
My thats a large mastiff you've got deary....

February 21, 2009, 12:30 AM
Landmines, they always get something

James R. Burke
February 23, 2009, 12:13 PM
My Ruger No 1 .416 Rem Mag 325 pure copper Barnes.

James R. Burke
March 12, 2009, 07:36 PM
I am not sure if they make the 325 grain I am using now. But for me it would be my .416 rem mag 325 grain pure copper Barnes (no jacket) with RL-19 moving at 2900 f.p.s. It would go thru it length ways, just like it does on big bears. It is a max load so you really need to be carefull working it up, and having a good gun to handle that type of load. My is a Ruger No 1 tropical. I dont give out load data just in case of a typo, I always get the manual or try there web site for info. Nice Hog!!!!!