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44 Mag and Boar

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Wackmaster, Mar 11, 2003.

  1. Wackmaster

    Wackmaster

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    I am going to hunt boar at a Pennsylvania hunting preserve. I don't expect the boar to be all that big. So, do I need hardcast bullets in 44 mag, or should I use soft nose or hollow points?

    I will be limiting shots to about 25 yards.

    Thanks
     
  2. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    Wackmaster,

    You might consider going with the "hardcast" my friend, from either "Cast Performance, or "Beartooth."

    http://www.castperformance.com/

    http://www.beartoothbullets.com/

    My personal favorite is the Cast Performance, 300gr. WFNGC* (*wide flat nose gas check).

    Kelly makes a tremendous bullet, and very accurate.
    I even have a formula for them in the 44 special, works great for me.
    I believe you will truly be pleased with them.

    If you do not reload... try Corbon's cast hunting load.
    Either their 305gr. Penetrator... or their 320gr. hardcast.


    Good Hunting!


    CanyonMan
     

  3. Mwinter

    Mwinter I'm MilkMan Dan

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    Given the amount of fat, gristle and bone around the vital areas of a hog, I'd use hard cast lead bullets or a tough, heavy hollowpoint (Hornady 300gr XTP for instance).

    Even the smaller hogs can present a moving target at odd angles, with more stuff to punch through than you might think at first glance.

    If the cast or heavy JHP bullet over penetrates, no big deal....especially with proper shot placement. An added benefit might be a better blood trail if the hog isn't DRT.
    If a lighter JHP/JSP round doesn't penetrate deeply enough, no bueno.
     
  4. Scott H

    Scott H Guest

    Corbon's 300gr JSP is a very good hog load.
     
  5. noway

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    agreed that the 44magnum is a great revolver for hunting the Boar.

    I 've used the Factory Hornady XTP ( 240gr ) and handload XTPs on hogs under 200lbs and just recently my 10mm Glock have been out for a few hunts with the hardcast 200gr beartooth with impressive results.

    All shots where thru and thru with every round shot and no more than 2 rds where ever needed. All hogs where DRT or a few yards aways from being hit.


    I would not count on a blood travel due to nature of tracking the hog thru thick brush and terrain and unless you hit a major blood carrying orgain the train might never fully exist.

    Take Canyonman advice the hardcast bullets seems to be very great with this think skin animals. If not look at the jHP( XTPs)

    http://www.wholesalehunter.com/product/hornady/horndes/xtp.html
     
  6. 10mmGuy

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    I'd go with a JHP. I've used XTP's Gold-dots Hydro-shoks Starfires and Black talons out of my 20's and 29. All seem to kill. I'd say the XTP's and Gold-dots are the best, but then again that's mainly in current 10mm offerings. You shouldn't have a problem getting penetration with a .44.

    Like I said I'd use a JHP, but then again most people here think I smoke too much crack!;g
     
  7. Wackmaster

    Wackmaster

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    Thank you for all of the advice. I have two months to familiarize myself with the 44, do some loading and practice. I have a self imposed 25 yard limit, past that the 30-06 gets a chance.

    Thanks again for the input and links
     
  8. duncan

    duncan Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    with practice, you can safely shoot a paper plate at 50 yards.

    As to bullets, Canyonman and mwinter are on the money. Hardcast SWC.

    Penetration penetration penetration.

    Thick and onnery those hogs are.
     
  9. TJC

    TJC "No Compromise" Millennium Member

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    I've shot boar with the Hornady 265 grn. rifle bullet out of a .44 mag handgun with great results. Bullet was designed for the 444 Marlin so it stays together well when pushed at top handgun velocities.

    Any chance you are going to Tioga in Pa.?