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How Effective would 45ACP Be on Wild Hogs??

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Nalapombu, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. Nalapombu

    Nalapombu Millennium Member

    Oct 21, 1999
    Spring, TEXAS....USA
    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.

  2. Gun Shark

    Gun Shark

    Aug 25, 2005
    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.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012

  3. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    For close range backup, it should be fine.

    I wouldn't use it to drop a large hog at 50 yards though.
  4. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    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.
  5. Nalapombu

    Nalapombu Millennium Member

    Oct 21, 1999
    Spring, TEXAS....USA
    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,

  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  7. IGotIt

    IGotIt No Demlibtards

    Aug 20, 2011
    On The Edge
    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.
  8. Darkangel1846


    Jul 19, 2004
    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.
  9. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

    Apr 5, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    I leave my .45 ACP at home and carry a .357 Mag. stoked with Buffalo Bore 180 gr. hard cast.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012
  10. I fully agree.
  11. mad220860


    Aug 6, 2012
    Glock 20! 10mm!! Will put almost anything down in the lower 48. 15 +1 a no brainer
  12. pspez


    May 3, 2006
    Coconut Creek, Fl
    They seem like decent people and actors. And I didn't think that the movie was that bad. :whistling:
  13. 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!!
  14. 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.
  15. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    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.
  16. PhantomF4E


    Aug 24, 2010
    South Florida
    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.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012
  17. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

    Apr 28, 2002
    Above ground
    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.
  18. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    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.
  19. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    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.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  20. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    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.....)