View Full Version : Question for any Hog hunters out there

November 3, 2007, 07:26 PM
This would be 30-06 168gr load

Would the Combined Technology (Nosler/Winchester) Ballistic silvertip hold up on a small to medium sized wild hog?

I also have some loads with the Barnes tsx 168gr that I know will hold together, they just are not quite as accurate.


November 3, 2007, 07:46 PM
Any 30-06 load is more than adequate for a wild hog, just remember their vitals are higher and further forward than you would expect not to mention smaller. Also a wounded or ticked off hog is dangerous and will attack. Sows with young will attack with no provocation.

November 3, 2007, 08:08 PM
Don't know what kind of hogs, or where, you are planning on hunting but here in the swamps of NE Florida we don't get shots long enough to worry about MOA accuracy. I can only think of one hog in recent years that was more than 40 yards out, most inside of 25. We generally walk them up without dogs.

I usually use a .35 Rem with the standard 200 gr. load. It will do the job quite well and not mess us a bunch of meat in the process. That is something to consider when chosing a bullet, how much damage it will do to the meat of the animal you are harvesting. Seems like big slow bullets do less damage while killing cleanly.

That said I do understand that there are places where long shots are more the norm. In those instances my old .35 ain't the thing.

And do remember that a wild hog is one fine eating animal so be careful where you shoot him so as not to put one of those fast explosive bullets through a shoulder of ham..........that would be a shame.

November 3, 2007, 09:02 PM
I just used regular old Federal Power Shock 180 gr SP 30.06. I still have 19 left in the box. Shot the hog right below and behind his ear. He fell down kicked a few times then was still. I think I got them for $9.99 on sale. :D

The shot was offhand at about 75 yards using the sling and a Browning A Bolt with a 3-9 Leupold scope. I am too old to be chasing wild game.

x2 on moma hog with little uns....

November 3, 2007, 10:26 PM
youll be fine with any kind of 30 cal. shooting a piggie

November 4, 2007, 06:09 AM
Like the others said, You'll be fine with that round. Providing you do your part and put it where it needs to go.

November 4, 2007, 08:47 AM
Yup . It should work just fine.I use the Nosler 180gn BT for my 8mm Mauser and it works just fine.

45Marlin carbine
November 4, 2007, 09:26 AM
Oh yeah, soft point in the boiler room or neck will bring him down, I use a Mini-30. haven't had a shot longer than around 75 yards so far. most much closer.

November 4, 2007, 03:01 PM
Thanks for the replies.

Kinda what I figured.

Guess I'll shoot a few more groups and pick whichever one "wins", although so far both are giving me <3" @ 100 yards with my M1 Garand.


November 4, 2007, 03:52 PM
Here's another tip...if you are hunting w/ a scoped rifle, make sure you have it dialed down to the lowest power possible. i.e. 3x-9x, have it on 3x. Also, try to aim for the head, neck, or shoulder. Get much behind the shoulder, and you're gonna be in the poo....:barf:

November 6, 2007, 02:14 PM
Up here(Northeast Iowa)we just recently began to relize that we have a feral hog problem not great but a problem none the less.The concensus is that you have to break them down with a heavy slug moving slow.Since most of the hogs are jumped in the wooded valleys around here the shots are fairly short range.Since Iowa is a shotgun deer state 12 and 20 guage slugs seem to be the round of choice because most hogs are jumped during deer season.There is a growing group of hunters that are targeting hogs during the spring and summer off seasons.As I understand the 35 rem and 30-30 are what is being used most.Other rounds include the 30-06 and 243 but bullet travel is a concern.In so far as salvaging the meat some are saving the hams for processing into sausage but for the most part it hasn't caught on which in my opinion is a shame as for the most part these animals are corn fed and should be tasty. ELMO

November 10, 2007, 08:06 PM
Remington core lokt 150 gr work just fine on hogs. I would believe that 165 or 180s would also.

November 10, 2007, 11:10 PM
an '06 is just fine. For me, I use a .444 with 300 gr hard cast lead. Knock 'em down, cook 'em up. Good luck!:cool:

November 21, 2007, 08:27 AM
i kill about 20 hogs in the average year. Most are shot with a .50 muzzleloader and a .430 240 grain XTP bullet in the short black sabot.
Hogs can be a lot harder to kill than deer unless you are familiar with their anatomy. A bullet placed on a line between the eye and the ear is a sure bang flop. Here is a good link to hog anatomy graphics.


November 21, 2007, 06:05 PM
i 've killed hogs with a .22, any .30 cal should do..

Fat White Boy
November 24, 2007, 10:41 PM
I use a .270 with Corelokt 130gr bullets. Never failed me...

November 25, 2007, 07:06 PM
As you can see in the images posted, the heart is LOW and right behind the front leg. I stuck my share of hogs prior to butchering... never shot one... and I always went in at the armpit and swirl my blade and it is a near instant kill each time.
To answer the question... any .30-06 load is considered good for even the largest hog. Maybe a few light varmint loads are not adequate.

November 25, 2007, 11:12 PM
A bunch are taken with the .22LR each year, plenty if you put it in the right place.

November 26, 2007, 06:38 PM
I shot two hogs this weekend w/ a 22-250, 50 gr. speer bullet over 36 grains of benchmark. Nailed both in the head, and dropped em like a ton of bricks. The internal damage was imense.