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7mm-08 enough for boar?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by 0100010, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. 0100010

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    I'm trying to decide on a good caliber for deer and maybe boar hunting. Not realy interested in hunting anything larger than that right now. What do you guys use for deer and/or boar?

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    Absolutely, my Remington Model 7 (18.5" Carbine) has taken three Mule Deer all with 120 grain Ballistic tips, and 6 or 7 pigs with 139 grain Hornady Spire Points and 140 grain Sierra Gamekings.
     

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    anything above a .24 caliber should be adequate on boar. More bigger and heavier as the animals sizes gets upwards.

    if I can cleanly kill a wild hog with a 357mag and 10mm , then I think most rifle calibers outside of a 22, should be fine.
     
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    Good to know. I want to get a rifle for range use plus deer/boar hunting and was having a hard time deciding on a caliber. If the 7mm-08 will do what it needs to on boar, then I think it fit my needs.
     
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    I think the caliber is quite adequate, I would however, recommend you choose something like the Winchester Fail Safe or Barnes X bullets for the rounds. They will NOT break up or fail to penetrate. Nothing else equals them other than FMJ which, unlike these two, does not expand. Don
     
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    When I went feral pig hunting I used a 6.5x55 Sweede with good sucsess. (.223 did not work well)

    A friend hunting with me used a .243. It worked well to.

    7mm-08 should work fine. As would many other calibers.
     
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    Thanks for the tip DonD.

    I've read that boar basically have armored vitals (thick shoulder blades plus cartilage between the ribs) and that you should go for a head/neck shot?

    Or would you shoot them like other game, just with a bullet thats got enough power and penetration?
     
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    You don't have to shoot them in the neck or head. The skin,ribs and vitals is not armored and a high powered rifle will rip thru them with no problems, same as a hot pistol caliber.They just have more thickeness then a thin skin deer. Trust me you shot a hog with a 7mm in the vitals it will die. You not shooting them with a .22 ;)

    Just go online and look at the vitals areas and remember they are more compact then let's say a deer.A neck and head shot would be good if you are trying to lessen the damage to prime meat like the shoulders/ribs.
     
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    Good to know. ;f
     
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