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4570 ruger#1
March 3, 2009, 10:01 PM
which works best for feral hog in a .44magnum,jacketed bullet or hard cast,what loads do you like,never hunted them before.

March 3, 2009, 11:21 PM
Always used cast in my 10mm, never had a .44... Worked pretty good, seemed to make less of a mess than a JHP and killed them just as dead. Cheaper too.

March 4, 2009, 09:51 AM
I think it would greatly depend on the size of the hogs, literally. If the hogs are of normal size, up to say 200 lbs, then a good jacketed soft point would likely be best, especially at higher velocities, like out of a carbine (you didn't mention). However, I have seen stout 270gr SP bullets, fired at fairly high velocities (1700 FPS) literally stopped by the shield of a very large hog at a range of 50 yds. In the case of large hogs, cast bullets, allowing more penetration might well be the best way to go, IMO.

4570 ruger#1
March 4, 2009, 12:35 PM
thanks for your help,i will load some hard cast for my hunt.

Art Eatman
March 4, 2009, 07:15 PM
Ross Seyfried used to comment about hunting with the Big Pistols. He always recommended hard-cast bullets with large meplats. Such bullets in a .454 Casull let him kill an Australian water buffalo, for one example. IIRC, complete penetration.

(For those who might not know, he was at one time the IPSC world champion. He had three straight perfect runs on IPSC target headshots. Three targets at five yards; left, right and front. 1.5 seconds total time allowed to draw and fire one shot on each of the three targets.)

4570 ruger#1
March 4, 2009, 09:22 PM
thanks art,i am going to texas this fall and i was wanting to take the deer and hogs with the same bullets,using a marlin 1894 .44mag. and a ruger super black hawk but i think the hogs will be harder to kill than the small hill country deer,i will be hunting a relatives property who claims he saw a hog that he estimates was 400lb..

March 4, 2009, 10:37 PM
Get the best of both, Belt Moutain Punch bullet. Speer is a good jacketed bullet but cast will work for everything. It really is never a bad choice.