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 Post subject: First time hunting pigs with a gun
PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:40 pm 
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Ive taken a lot of game with trad bows and was recently asked by a landowner to take as many pigs as I can next time I head to his property.

Im thinking I should take my shotgun because thats the firearm I am most practiced with and am confident I can get with 25 yards. Its an 870 with an 18" barrel. With slugs Im getting 2.5" at 50 yards. I tend to shoot Federal FC 00.

Typically the pigs are no bigger than 150lbs and in sunders of 5-8 animals. Ive got them pretty well patterned also.

So my question is should I stick with slugs or load up with 00? Like I said Ive never hunted with a gun before but Im thinking I can hit 2 pigs once I get under 25 yards... Is this realistic or am I dreaming??

I really dont want to leave any wounded animals out there and I know this is quite a gift to be given.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.




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 Post subject: Re: First time hunting pigs with a gun
PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:19 pm 
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Use the slugs, if you don't want to have any hogs run off leaving little or no blood trail. Buckshot generally doesn't penetrate well on adult wild hogs due to their thick hide, heavy bones and gristle shield. It is not a good choice, in my opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: First time hunting pigs with a gun
PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:58 pm 
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Rifle would be better, but if limited to a shotgun, use slugs

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oneounceload wrote:
Rifle would be better, but if limited to a shotgun, use slugs

This !!!

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 Post subject: Re: First time hunting pigs with a gun
PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:12 am 
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Agree with you both that rifles would be best, but the OP's question was about a shotgun...


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 Post subject: Re: First time hunting pigs with a gun
PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:18 pm 
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I was thinking about using the shotgun for two reasons. Im much more comfortable with it. Ive taken numerous courses and I train with it regularly. I dont feel nearly as confident with my 270 when it comes to hitting multiple targets.
I know I can get really close to the pigs. Those are my only reasons.
Ill start practicing faster target acquisition with the 270.
Thanks all


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 Post subject: Re: First time hunting pigs with a gun
PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:19 am 
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I'd take the .270 and concentrate on killing one hog cleanly. The rest of them will flush at the shot, but one or more might stop within range and offer another good shot. Shotgun or rifle, I would not "spray and pray" at a bunch of running hogs as the odds for gut shooting or otherwise wounding them are high. Take one cleanly first and work on other clean kills from there. They're only hogs, but still deserve to be put down humanely. Good luck and let us know how it works out.




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