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Is a .40 jhp large enough to bring down a hog?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by sigav8r, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. sigav8r


    Jan 12, 2012
    If so, at what range? Anyone use their glock for hog hunting? Got invited on a hunt, but don't have a rifle. But I DO have a G23 I could use! ;).
  2. Tonyyy


    Mar 17, 2008
    Broward County FL.
    If its a big hog 200 plus pounds, better be close.... Small one say 80 pounds 70 feet no problem..

    I use a 686 .357 magnum as a sidearm and hunt with a 30-06 or an AR... But I take hogs at 70 to 100 yards...
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012

  3. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    N. Dallas
    You really need a rifle or a high power pistol. Their bone structure around the vitals is damn near armor quality engineering.
  4. Taterhead

    Taterhead Counting Beans

    Dec 13, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
  5. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    IMO, point blank would not be too close for a G23 & the 40. Max distance IMO is maybe 75ft & that would be perfect shot placement. So unless you can shoot 3" groups or better @ 75ft, you need to be a lot closer & the only JHP I would consider is the 180gr XTP running hard..
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012
  6. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    I'd want a rifle, but yes, a .40S&W with the right ammo ought to be able to bring down the average American boar.

    I went hunting them a couple of times without success but I know they can cover a lot of ground fast so be prepared if you're on foot.
  7. sigav8r


    Jan 12, 2012
    Thanks guys!!! I think it'd be fun to hunt them with a pistol, but need to make sure it'll be a humane way and I would also be safe. Can't do the 3" grouping but hopefully can still place my shot within a reasonable kill zone at 75 feet! Also gonna be going for a smaller one as I want to cut it up to eat rather than a trophy or anything like that!
  8. Ak.Hiker


    Feb 8, 2005
    Homer Alaska
    The Winchester 180 grain PDX 1 is a tough bonded HP. Worth a look. If it was me I would carry the Double Tap 200 grain FMJ. The Speer 180 grain Lawman TMJ or the Buffalo Bore 180 grain FMJ would be options as well.
  9. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011

    Yes it will be......when the razor sharp tusks start tearing into him. :supergrin:
  10. G19aps


    Aug 2, 2009
    Hoping won't make you a more accurate shot. At least that hasn't worked for me yet. If you're not accurate enough to hit the kill zone (whatever size it may be), you shouldn't be using that particular weapon.
  11. 4Baldy


    Apr 11, 2009
    Just more food for the coyotes. How's your tracking skills? Most of the time the animal just gets wounded and runs off and dies in the woods/swamp. Get the right tool for the job and learn how to hunt the right way.:upeyes:
  12. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    The pigs in my area, yes. Some of the genetically mutated monsters I have seen on TV, no.

    I would use a Hardcast solid lead wadcutter. Buffalo Bore and Double Tap both make a heavy duty .40 load.

    The real challenge is going to be making a good shot on a pig with a SD style pistol. I would want a hunting style revolver with a longer sight radius.

    A gut shot pig is not going to be happy!
  13. Quarter Tank

    Quarter Tank

    Aug 7, 2011
  14. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Got a shotgun or slug gun? Rifled or sabot slugs in a 12ga with a G23 on the hip with hardcast or FMJ would be good.
  15. Taken several hogs with my Glock 22,average shot 50 yards.
  16. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Well, 3" groups on the range mean about 6" in the field for most. The kill zone on a hog isn't much bigger than that, mybe 8" max.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012
  17. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    At one time there were over 400 hogs on the ranch. Domestic, yes, but these 400 pound porkers (especially the wild ones) are not 40 S&W targets.

    Folks guess a lot (and mean well) but some times have never done what they are giving advice about. Get a 44mag, a 12 ga with a slug, or a 30-30 or 30-06. Even with the 44mag, Hard Cast bullets are the ticket for these big bores/sows. No need filling the thing with 40 S&W rounds to bring him down when you can more effectively do it with a better choice of caliber/gun.


    Unless your ON TOP of a porker this big, you will truly empty a mag into one like this at NON point blank ranges with that Small service caliber.

    Just jumping in with some sound advice amigo !

    Good Luck.

    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012
  18. PersonOfInterest


    Dec 17, 2008
    Ive head shot a 200lb Wild Pig with my 9mm before had no problems doing so, ive also used the .40 to take a smaller one on the run using 180gn JHP's had no issues there either - it can be done but as others have said anything over 200lbs id be looking for a long gun or wheel gun in .44 or bigger.
  19. Ak.Hiker


    Feb 8, 2005
    Homer Alaska
    If all I had was a 40 I would carry heavy FMJ loads mentioned on an earlier post. Both of the last 2 posts are from guys with quite a bit of field experience. Years ago my first big bore Magnum was a 4 5/8 inch 41 Magnum. Not very expensive and with a good 250 grain hardcast bullet gives similar performance to Elmer Keith's heavy 44 Special loads that he liked. A 4 inch double action or a 4 5/8 inch 44 Magum is still a top choice. Anyone that likes to spend time in the outdoors with big critters should consider saving up for a 44 Magnum when the budget allows.
  20. PersonOfInterest


    Dec 17, 2008
    Damn shame the .41 Mag went the way of the Dinosaur - great cartridge, got offered a Marlin 1894C chambered in it years ago - kicking myself for not buying it.