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Old May 17, 2011, 05:37 PM   #1
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Best shot for a hog?

Are the vital organs of a hog located differently than with a deer? Would a few inches to the right behind the shoulder be a good spot or somewhere else? Alot of you are far more experienced in the hunting field than me so id like your take on this.
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Old May 17, 2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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Yes, they are different. I don't have any references right handy but use Google to search for it. The heart is further forward and lower. The spine takes a funky curve down then up again as it goes through the neck.
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Old May 17, 2011, 07:04 PM   #3
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If the hog is close and not moving too much or too fast, I'll shoot it behind the ear. That seems to work with any rifle I have, even the 22 Long Rifle - if close enough. If the shot is longer and the hog is moving (seems like the ones here always are moving if I catch them in a pasture or right-of-way), I'll just shoot them behind the shoulder - in the lungs. Using the 270 or 260, if I made a good shot, they usually drop right there or maybe run a little. With the 220 and 223, they seem to usually run a short ways -but not far.
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Old May 17, 2011, 07:07 PM   #4
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The short answer is that a hog's vitals are a little farther forward than a deer's. The ideal shot is to shoot them in the head. The next time you field dress one, pay attention to where the vitals are and that will tell more than any of us can. If you google it though, there are some pretty good illustrations floating around the net.
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Old May 17, 2011, 08:06 PM   #5
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Would a few inches to the right behind the shoulder be a good spot or somewhere else?
A bullet that hits a hog a few inches behind the shoulder is a gut shot.

i like to shoot hogs in the crook of the front leg when they are broadside. If the hog is quartering away the bullet goes very low behind the shoulder. Either way takes out the heart. i sometimes shoot hogs in the ear but imo they do not bleed out properly when shot that way.

A big hog shot through both lungs can go 150 yards or more after being hit. A wild hog hit in one lung can keep on going, and going and going.

Wild hog anatomy:

http://0.tqn.com/d/hunting/1/0/5/H/hog_anatomy.GIF

Go to the links and watch how a good bow hunter does it.

http://scoutdoornews.com/forum/showt...ement-for-hogs

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Old May 17, 2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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Some hunting videos of hogs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRLWar5P1V4

In this video Melissa Bachman talks about aimpoint:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmLYN...eature=related
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Old May 17, 2011, 08:59 PM   #7
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If I am in real thick environs, I will always choose the ear shot. If it is more open and the weather is warmer, a low shoulder shot will be taken.

You need to remember that a hog's heart is located further forward than a deer, almost between the shoulders.
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Old May 17, 2011, 10:44 PM   #8
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I like too double tap um in the head with a AR 556,But a 454 in the side of the big ones sure make the Gators happy.
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Old May 18, 2011, 03:33 PM   #9
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Shoot 'em in the ear.
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Old May 18, 2011, 09:25 PM   #10
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I like the neck shot for larger hogs.......
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Old May 18, 2011, 09:41 PM   #11
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http://www.hunting-in-texas.com/learnhogs.htm#anatomy

Here is one view...
I am currently looking for my old links I used to post that were photographic.

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Old May 18, 2011, 09:43 PM   #12
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And the GRAPHIC version...

http://www.texasboars.com/anatomy.html

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Old May 19, 2011, 11:04 AM   #13
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what is your means of dispatching the porker?

if you are using a bow or crossbow - tight behind the shoulder is perfect
if you are using a rifle/gun of some sort I like to keep it in the neck or right behind the ear. the concussion of the bullet inside the cavity of a hogs neck separates the spine. head shot is ummm obvious.
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Old May 19, 2011, 01:28 PM   #14
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Yes, The ear, right behind the ear, And low just behind the front leg should do the trick.......most other places, well, you probably just got out of having to drag them off......
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Old May 19, 2011, 01:32 PM   #15
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Neck shots for me. Miss a little one way or the other and you've got a head shot or lung/heart shot. Pigs have big thick necks. Remember, aim small, miss small. It's easy to shoot for the whole pig, and miss the whole pig.
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Old May 20, 2011, 09:52 PM   #16
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any one you can get on the damned destructive pests.
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Old May 20, 2011, 10:05 PM   #17
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The last one I shot I used a .30-06 with a 180 gr bullet. Shot placement was behind the ear. The hog dropped kicked a couple of times and that was it.
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Old May 21, 2011, 10:24 AM   #18
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I've only shot one wild hog so far.
It was right behind the shoulder.
Went thru both lungs and out the other side with a 150gr jacketed bullet.
The 290lb sow only went about 10yds.
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Old May 21, 2011, 10:35 AM   #19
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Went thru both lungs and out the other side with a 150gr jacketed bullet.
<<<<<<<<<< hence, my use of fragmenting .223 Near livestock where the pigs here like to hang out at night
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Old May 21, 2011, 11:12 PM   #20
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Most recent boar (1/31/2011) was a bit high due to a steep downward angle. I like a shoulder shot just a bit forward and above the elbow but this one severed the spine. Big guy went down like he was struck by lightning. I'd rather have a good heart shot but this one was pretty awesome. 405 grn RP bullet made it look easy.
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Old May 23, 2011, 10:11 AM   #21
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I'm in the ranks of those who are behind-the-ear fans. Sever the spine behind the skull and you're done. In the ear works too.
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Old May 27, 2011, 09:59 AM   #22
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Every wild hog I shot died from chest hits. But I recently viewed a hunter on Pursuit Channel that took a hog at approx 85 yard with a 17 caliber rim fire rifle (at night). The tiny bullet struck behind the ear and it was over immediately. No kidding! I was amazed.

Good hunting to you.

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Old May 27, 2011, 10:14 AM   #23
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Low behind the shoulder. I've taken two with a muzzleloader and one with a .25-06. Hornady SST bullet/sabot all three times and it literally destroys them. Never even had to track one.


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Old May 28, 2011, 03:55 PM   #24
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Anyone use #1 or #0 Buck to hunt hogs?

I've heard of a lot of people hunting deer with these two shot loads, but I'm wondering how they do on hogs.
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Old May 28, 2011, 04:45 PM   #25
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Anyone use #1 or #0 Buck to hunt hogs?

I've heard of a lot of people hunting deer with these two shot loads, but I'm wondering how they do on hogs.
I haven't tried it but I certainly wouldn't trust a round ball weighing under 50 grains to penetrate the vitals of a large hog. I would either use triball or slugs from a shotgun.
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