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 Post subject: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:13 am 
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Hi , I have been using a load of 18 #1 buck ( hard cast) for my pig shooting . I have niticed on my last hunt that at least 1 pellet would give full penertration on broadside shots. Pigs where in the area of 60 to 80 kgs / 120 lbs to 160 lbs range 20 to 45 metres.
I am thinking of casting #2 buck or even #3 buck for a pellet count of 26 pellets for #2 and 33 pellets for the #3 . I know that this size is not common but if I where to cast it may fill the gap between #4 which I know is to small for pigs and #1 that may be a little on the large size.
The question I would like to ask other hunters is Have they used the above size and to what success or failure?




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 Post subject: Re: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:54 am 
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I've no idea what it costs to buy the molds so I would just pick up a 5 shell box or two and do a comparison.


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 Post subject: Re: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:21 am 
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Thanks bernie. I showed my 11 year old son your reply . I told him Thats why he must read Questions properly . :?


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 Post subject: Re: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:29 pm 
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Just my 2cents. If you shoot a pig with anything smaller than #1buck your going to have cripples and some of the larger ones your just going to piss off. I personally use 000 or 00.

Less pellets but ALOT more ft lbs of energy down range.

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 Post subject: Re: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:28 am 
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You might want to check out Dixie slugs tri-ball------3" work wonders


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 Post subject: Re: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:15 pm 
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I use #3 buckshot in my 20ga for hogs


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 Post subject: Re: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:33 am 
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See the above post on buckshot & hogs. I would never hunt feral hogs with regular buckshot. It does work sometimes but is not reliable, particularly on big tough hogs. The triball is great, so I hear. A rifled slug or a big cal. muzzle loader is also great. I like a centerfire rifle. Any good deer rifle is good with decent bullet placement.


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 Post subject: Re: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:24 pm 
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Just an update on this post if anyone is interested .
Have shot enough pigs in the last year and can say from practice that anything smaller than 1 buck is a poor choice for pigs. It was interesting to see that even 1 pellet size change can make the difference. But the weight of the projectile ever so small made a huge difference in stopping power and the ability to down game in one shot . It looked like the 1 buck broke more bone than what the 2 buck did by a long shot.


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 Post subject: Re: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 6:58 am 
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My hog stopper is a 12ga loaded with slugs.


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 Post subject: Re: Buckshot size for hogs
PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:23 pm 
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hologram wrote:
Just an update on this post if anyone is interested .
Have shot enough pigs in the last year and can say from practice that anything smaller than 1 buck is a poor choice for pigs. It was interesting to see that even 1 pellet size change can make the difference. But the weight of the projectile ever so small made a huge difference in stopping power and the ability to down game in one shot . It looked like the 1 buck broke more bone than what the 2 buck did by a long shot.

Are you going to test with larger buckshot for a comparison? Please post the results if you do.




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