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Old 10-06-2012, 12:28   #1
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How Effective would 45ACP Be on Wild Hogs??

Hey all,

Can you all tell me how well the 45ACP would work on hogs? I am not talking about a true handgun hunt, but rather used for backup in case of a bad shot with my bow or one that just goes nuts and heads right at me after he's hit with an arrow.

Anyone ever taken a hog with one or know of someone that has? If so, would you care to relate the experience? If it would be viable in a situation like that, what load would be best used? Since I don't reload yet, I would have to buy my ammo.

This might give me a reason to buy a Glock 21sf or 30sf.

I have also thought about the 10mm Glock as well.

Thanks for the time and help.

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:30   #2
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My .40 xdm 3.8 works well so .45 wouldn't be a problem.


I use Federal HST's, but I have used Hornady's TAP. I like HST's better because I am more accurate with them, but TAP is good stuff.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:51   #3
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For close range backup, it should be fine.

I wouldn't use it to drop a large hog at 50 yards though.
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Old 10-06-2012, 13:23   #4
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My deer lease is overrun with wild hogs. I carry a G20 on my hip, but we've had a few be killed by a .45ACP. I recommend FMJ for the .45ACP for hogs. I usually carry my G20 full of DT 180gr Gold Dots, but have frequently carried 180gr trunacated FMJ's.
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Old 10-06-2012, 14:15   #5
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I'd love to find a place that I was allowed to hunt that was overrun with hogs. I know they're here, I've just got to find them and hope I can afford to join. Maybe they'll give me a discount if I promise not to hunt anything other than HOGS.

BAC, I doubt I could hit an ELEPHANT at 50 yards with a handgun. :0

Thanks again all,

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Old 10-06-2012, 14:29   #6
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BAC, I doubt I could hit an ELEPHANT at 50 yards with a handgun. :0
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Old 10-06-2012, 14:41   #7
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I carry a G30 with FMJ's as a backup when I'm hunting. Haven't had to use yet so i hope it does the job if need be.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:32   #8
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Well I'm paranoid around wild hoggs as I saw the result of an attack on a hunter. He lived but was messed up. I would carry a .44 magnum or a Glock 20 with a magazine of double tap Beartooth rounds(200 gr case hardened) But thats just little old paranoid me.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:43   #9
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I leave my .45 ACP at home and carry a .357 Mag. stoked with Buffalo Bore 180 gr. hard cast.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:37   #10
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For close range backup, it should be fine.

I wouldn't use it to drop a large hog at 50 yards though.
I fully agree.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:45   #11
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Glock 20! 10mm!! Will put almost anything down in the lower 48. 15 +1 a no brainer
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:59   #12
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Old 10-07-2012, 14:34   #13
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Talking about 45 ACP. I would definitely use a heavy +P load! Just to be a little more confident.

If I had a choice, instead of a 357 Mag, I would use a 45 Super in my 4506. But still nothing past about 30 or 40 yards!!
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Old 10-07-2012, 15:22   #14
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someone posted a thread here before about a 230gr Saber and a hog that dropped right there. within 50 yards, its very capable. given a choice, I would pick a high velocity round though.
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Old 10-07-2012, 15:26   #15
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For closer shots a G21 loaded with Buffalo Bore hard cast +p would do the trick on hogs. You just can't argue with a big hunk of lead.
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Old 10-07-2012, 15:29   #16
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If all you are going to do is dispatch an already down hog a .45 would do well . I have used a lowly 9mm to put a coup de grace in some pretty big hogs that were holding on to their last breaths . To put down a charging Pi**ed off hog , go ahead but have a climbing tree close by !!! I would rechamber and fire what I shot it with in the first place . Only way I would bow shoot a big hog is far nuff off the ground so it wouldn't matter if it got Pi**ed off.
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Old 10-07-2012, 15:31   #17
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The 10MM would be better. More powerful and flatter shooting. If I used a .45 ACP for backup because that's all that was available I'd use a hard cast of at least ball ammo. Those dang wild pigs are not easy to penetrate.

Personally I carry a .44 mag when hog hunting even when using a rifle as primary.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:48   #18
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Just got back from hog hunting and I carry my S&W1006 10mm for back up. I did carry my 1911 before I bought my 10mm.

Hogs are resilient and even with a collapsed lung and shredded heart they still can run 30 to 50+ yards. My guide and I have seen some crazy things that hogs can do even mortally wounded. So I want some power for backup, 45 +p or 10mm +p should be fine. As long as it can penetrate the skull you should be fine.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:11   #19
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A good friend took his G21 on a hog hunt a few years ago.
It didn't go well, for him.

I forget what brand of ammo he was using, but, he put seven 230 gr JHPs into this hog, and finally was handed someone's .30-30 to finish it off.


I'm all for 'sport', but, I think the .45 acp is NOT 'right' for hogs. (Unless you're 10 yards away and can guarantee a head/brain shot!)


ETA: I've seen that guy take wild boar/hogs with everything from .50 blackpowder (1 shot), to .44 Magnum, to .41 Magnum, to bow/arrow. His shooting ability isn't bad. All hogs taken were with one shot.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:16   #20
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If it's what you have on hand, load FMJ's.

Going by a friend's experiences (shot many hogs, carries a .45 normally) a .357 WC or FMJ would do better or any of the other magnums.

10mm can be downright lethal, I know a guy who put down 10-15 hogs using a G20 with proper shot placement before his wife bought him a .454 for Christmas (he kept the G20 as a backup for that.....)
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