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Old January 6, 2020, 12:24 PM   #6
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I have not hunted hogs, but I use "00" buck quite a bit on large bodied deer. After a few dozen, I feel that I know buckshot performance pretty well.

I agree 100% with the opinions given above. Buckshot will fail you miserably in this application.

As to why? Well, even .33 cal round balls ("00") at that speed is considered a "squirrel rifle" when fired from a muzzle loader. Simultaniously land at least 4 or 5 in the front half of a deer, and it's over pretty quick...but hog skin, flesh, and bones are tougher, thicker, and their vitals smaller. It presents pattern and penetration problems that soft, light soft lead balls, with their worst-possible sectional density, simply cannot answer.
You'll probably never NEED a gun. I hope you never do. But IF you do, you will need it worse than anything you've ever needed in your life.

IF we're not supposed to eat animals,
howcome God made 'em outta meat?
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