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HOGS with AR 5.56

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by bcowen22001, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. bcowen22001


    Dec 23, 2002
    For those who use their AR for hogs in 5.56 which grain ammo? Obviously something in 62 grain. Maybe SS109. I have more 55 grain than anything else.

    My bolt action 30-06 would be alot better. But I usually have the AR in the truck and is usually a little more,compact, and can get quicker follow up shots for multiple hogs.


    Jun 11, 2001
    I think the heavier the better...

    I was just pondering the same thing, as I keep seeing these hogs in an empty pasture near my house in the afternoon..and have been thinking about contacting the non-resident landowner about helping him with his hog problem..

    They're always about 75-100 yards from the road, just grazing, and don't even seem to notice when I've stopped..

    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011

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  4. RRTX11


    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Texas
    I don't believe 5.56 is an effective round for hogs. I can only get off 2 shots with my bolt gun at most in the scrub brush of south texas. In process of building an AR in .308 for this very purpose. Also, plan on in the next couple of months getting the stamp I need to get a silencer for the AR.

    5.56 was designed for casualties on the battlefield, and more carrying capacity. A hog is a tougher kill that what the 5.56 was designed for.
  5. ctaggart


    Dec 4, 2007
    Why not a 300 Whisper? Seems like it would be a better choice if you don't want to spook the hogs.

    To the OP: If you're dead set on using the 5.56, try looking for barrier penetrating law enforcement rounds. The bullet will probably retain more weight after impact and create a longer wound channel.
  6. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

    Oct 18, 2008
    North Carolina
    How fast is the twist on your barrel?

    The Cor-Bon DPX with the 62 grain Barnes TSX bullet is probably the best load. The bullet is an expanding hollow point that's made of all copper and flies around ~2,900fps, so there's extreme weight retention and penetration, unlike other 5.56 bullets that're made to fragment explosively on impact. It changes the AR's capabilities when considering it for hunting deer, hopefully hogs.
    Barnes also makes a 70 grain TSX bullet in .224 if you roll your own and your barrel likes that weight (they're pricy though, at .50c/per).

    Good luck!