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    Default Ammo for Hog hunting

    I will be going hog hunting in a couple of week with my 2 sons. My one son wants to use my mosin m38. I have some wolf fmj - would this be ok or should I get some soft points? Thanks
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    softpoints are preferred, unless you make head shots. hogs are tuff, you shoot through one, side to side with a FMJ, e may go a ways, good chance of losing him.
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    Hogs are not terribly hard to kill but there is no way I would use FMJ ammo. A M38 makes a fine hog rifle and S&B 180 grain soft points will put a hog down quick with a head or low shoulder shot. They tend to run a ways if shot behind the shoulder like one might a deer. The last dozen or so I killed with mid neck shots. Seldom kills instantly but anchors them well and they bleed out quick.
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    Check your local laws. Here in Florida we are not allowed to hunt with FMJ so I would go with the soft points.
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    Thank for all the replys and info. Softpoints it will be.

    This will be the first hunt for us and we are all looking forward to it. It will be in florida using a guide service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wynn View Post
    Hogs are not terribly hard to kill but there is no way I would use FMJ ammo. A M38 makes a fine hog rifle and S&B 180 grain soft points will put a hog down quick with a head or low shoulder shot. They tend to run a ways if shot behind the shoulder like one might a deer. The last dozen or so I killed with mid neck shots. Seldom kills instantly but anchors them well and they bleed out quick.
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    softpoints and neck shots.

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    Like bch said, put it right on his head and the only place he's going is down for a little DIRT NAP!!!! They are fun to hunt with a rifle, but with bow they tend to be more challenging.

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    Me and my two sons (22 & 27) did the hog hunt and we had a great time! I got mine with a Saiga 12 with a slug, my youngest used an m44 with 203 grain soft points and my oldest used a 454 casull with 330 grain hollow points. Mine is the one in the middle. We went on around noon and by 1:30 we were done. My sons's chased theirs down and dogs flushed mine out. Fast action and all were hit on the run. It was a good day and a lot of fun. Thanks to all for the advice on ammo.

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    good hunting. and buy the boy a beer that hit one on the run with a pistol.:D
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharpshot View Post
    They are fun to hunt with a rifle, but with bow they tend to be more challenging.
    OR, you could use a iklwa if you want to have the ultimate challenge

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    Good job! Congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Neutron View Post
    OR, you could use a iklwa if you want to have the ultimate challenge

    My son wants to use a spear next time! The guide says you get them as they charge you!!!

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    Wrong spear unless you are on a horse and "sticking" them from above. A proper boar spear (which I am NOT going to use except in extremis, meaning I'm on the ground, the hog is coming and that's all I got, no guns to hand at all) has a cross-bar a foot or so behind the tip of the point. Keeps the hog from spitting himself, running right up the spear and (at this point being VERY aggravated) using his tusks to do grievous bodily harm to you.
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    Here is a link to the one cold steel makes.

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    Yeah, that one would work. But it still requires you to get closer to an aggravated hog than I want to be.
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    I love to hunt pigs. It is good stuff. Great shootinig and good meat. congrats on the hunt.

    I'm jealous as it's been so long since I got out hunting. Some folks around where I used to hunt shoot FMJ as they think it increases the chance of multiple kils with one shot on bait. they pour the bait in a straight line in hopes that the can get them lined up decently and shoot once at multiples. this one old man (now dead) shot 2 200lbers right through the head with a 270 in one shot, said they were eating the bait and he shot them both with one shot a 20-30yds right through the ears. It has to be the best shooting I have ever seen in the field. I wonder how long he looked at those things eating on the corn and sweet potatos he had out waiting on that shot to line up. He was shooting FMJ and I only know of it because he always called my brother and I to come get his game out of the woods after he shot it, and we got these that night.

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