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is .40 S&W enough to drop a Texas Hog?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by aggie03, Nov 25, 2004.

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  1. aggie03

    aggie03

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    The title pretty much somes it up. Is my G23 enough to humanely drop a 200 plus pound Texas Ferril Hog?

    It seems the 40 might be a little under powered, do I need to carry a 45?
     
  2. DonD

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    I think you're asking for a wounded and lost animal. Pigs can have a thick, touch gristle shield on their forequarters. Doubt the .40 would penetrate it with enough energy to humanely kill the pig. You ought to go with a .44 Mag and on up. Just my opinion, you might get away with it but not a good idea. .45 isn't a significant change. Don
     


  3. Jeff82

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    10mm Auto, Full House, at the minimum. May have to reload it as I can't find (quick look at Fed, Rem, and Win websites) a suitable factory round.

    .40 S&W good for people, no good for hog and up.
     
  4. aggie03

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    I was afraid the 40 wasn't going to be enough to take a hog down. The last thing I want to do is make it suffer by a shot that's not enough to kill it or worse off, piss the hog off. Sounds like I am going to have to invest in a 44 mag.
     
  5. Like anything it boils down to shot placement. Some states allow only a rimfire to shoot pigs. I would say go to a 41 or 44 mag myself. Esox357
     
  6. ucsdryder

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    There was a thread in the 10 ring about a guy that killed a buffalo with his G-20 using Double Tap ammo.

    GM
     
  7. hank327

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    If you are very selective of your shot, I think a .40 S&W would be ok. Just keep your range to under 30 yards, and take only broadside and slightly angling away shots. Use a good load like a gold dot or the Winchester Talon.

    I know folks who have taken feral hogs using a 9mm out of a Browning Hi-Power with no problems. They are selective in their shot selection, and place their shots with care.
     
  8. aggie03

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    Are the gold dot and Winchester Talon hollowpoints? If they are I assumed that would be the worst thing to shot a hog with because the bullet would expand on contact with the extremely thick hide of the hog.
     
  9. CanyonMan

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    Nothing is impossible.... but you really should use a larger caliber here. it would just plain make more sense, and you will be more confident.

    CanyonMan
     
  10. MrMurphy

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    10mm or bigger, however a friend of mine's sister was along with him hog hunting on his property, she neglected to remove the safety on her shotgun, or maybe it misfired. When the hog came at her and the long gun went "click" she dropped it, yanked out her (used to be mine) Bersa Thunder .380 and hit it with five rounds. It dropped in it's tracks. Weighed somewhere in the 150-200 pound range I think? Second hand so the details may be off, but she did kill it with a .380 since it's what she had.


    i wouldn't take anything under a .44/.45 ACP/.45 Colt unless it was a 10mm. Preferably a shotgun slug or rifle.
     
  11. Sixgun_Symphony

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    I recommend that you go with at least a .41 Magnum revolver.
     
  12. Wulfenite

    Wulfenite The King

    Dont you think its time to lay off the Dixie Chicks?





    ;)
     
  13. f1b32oPTic

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    up close & personal
  14. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

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    No prob, gentlemen.

    'Tis my duty to assist, when I can.

    :)
     
  15. surfinusa

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    Proper placement with the 40 S&W and 170 gr bullets will work OK. I know people that use 9mm or 38 special who have told me they won't use a 357 as it destroys too much meat. These folks are out meat hunting (relatively younger and smaller hogs)not trophy hunting though.

    For me a 357 or 44 mag is the way to go, but if I took a pistol it would be a 40 maybe a 45+P if I had to.
     
  16. MCNETT

    MCNETT Load Developer Lifetime Member

    If you have to use your G23, them load it with the DoubleTap 165gr. FMJ Match loading @ 1200fps. This round has a flat point design and the jacket is HARD.

    I would recommend that you move up to 10mm. I have more than 210 customers that have taken hogs from 70lbs- 500lbs with 10mm's loaded with DoubleTap 200gr XTP and 200gr FMJ-FP loadings.
    -Mike
     
  17. VonFatman

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    I just read a report on Hog hunting in Am. Hunter and the author could have been DonD! I think's I'd save that .40 for other types of shooting.

    Hogs are very mean muthers!

    Bob