Shooting hogs with a .223 - What type of round would be best

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by hkruss, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. hkruss

    hkruss Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,134
    Location:
    Mobile, Al.
    I have a friend who wants to hog hunt. Problem is, the only rifle he has is an AR. He asked me what type bullet would be best to use. Frankly, I'm not sure what to tell him, so I thought I would ask you guys.
    So what do ya'll think. Soft point, hollow point, A-max? Something else?
    The boy can shoot and has an accurate rifle with a good scope on it, so I don't doubt his ability to hit a brain or heart/lung shot. He just wants the best round for penetration and dumping the energy in a hog.

    So what do you guys think?



    .
  2. American Leader

    American Leader Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,682
    Location:
    Iowa
    Which ever bullet weight works for him is fine. I use 55 grain HP because it is accurate for my guns. If his best is heavier like somewhere between 68 to 90 grain that much better. He shouldn't have any problem with .223 on hogs, I personally wouldn't use a 40 grain though, IMHO.
  3. zkovach

    zkovach Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,011
    Location:
    Michigan
    I'm a huge fan of noslers ballistic tip. It does eveything your looking for. The cominded technology box is pretty much the same bullet with a moly like coating. I've had a lot of great results with those! Check out the accubond as well!
  4. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2010
    Messages:
    17,607
    Location:
    Australia
    55grn or better for hogs here, no worries , 40 grn can disintergrate on their skull or shear off ! HONEST!
  5. Gabob

    Gabob Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,326
    Location:
    SW GA CSA
    The heavier the better. Hogs have a tough hide. I have killed them with everything from a .22 LR to a SKS but they were in traps. Nothing I used made one shot kills including the .44 mag and ,45LC.
    358 Winchester, my neighbor Pete and I trapped over 200 while 358 was here. Part of the problem with shooting them in traps is they are milling around and charging the sides of trap and it is hard to get good shot placement. (also hard to convince your feet to stay put when they bounce off the side of the trap in front of you)
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Messages:
    18,236
    Location:
    Heart Of Texas
  7. capgun

    capgun Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2011
    Messages:
    71
    I hunt with a single shot 223 , just hit them in the haed and they go down . Plus you wast no meat .
  8. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2010
    Messages:
    2,077
    Location:
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    We've shot caribou with the old AR's, noslers; just never use FMJ's (which is what everybody seems to have cases of) or you'll just feed the wolves.
  9. Sandman

    Sandman New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Messages:
    559
    Location:
    Louisiana
    I would use the 60gr Nosler partition or the Barnes TSX in either 53 or 62 gr.
  10. hkruss

    hkruss Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,134
    Location:
    Mobile, Al.
    Thanks for the replies.

    I may just start taking my AR when we hog hunt. (That Garand gets heavy!)

    Neither one of us reload, so it looks like we're gonna do some ammo shopping on line.
    I was wondering about using hollow points. I was thinking that as tough as hogs are, that the hollow points might mushroom too soon before penetrating deep enough. What do you think?



    .
  11. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Messages:
    18,236
    Location:
    Heart Of Texas
    Not the X bullets. Theyll shroom out but theyll stay intact and penetrate. I love them.
  12. Sandman

    Sandman New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Messages:
    559
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Barnes makes factory ammo with the TSX and Federal makes factory ammo with the 60 grain Nosler Partition, so you can get the quality bullet in factory ammo pretty easily.

    The Barnes TSX is the only hollow point I would recommend. The others may not give you the penetration you need.
  13. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2010
    Messages:
    17,607
    Location:
    Australia
    Last time up north i took a long shot at a big razorback at a bit longer than normal for a .223 with the barnes

    Bullet did not penetrate the skull its self but knocked a penny sized fragment outta the skull in through the brain dropping it just as fast ..

    i'm told razorbacks and the east european boars have the thickest skulls ( i dunno there , never seen a euro boar 'cept on tv ) so woulda done more on a common hog

    so at normal ranges yeah they'll do the job easy ( just pricey )
  14. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2010
    Messages:
    2,077
    Location:
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    hkruss, Pick up a 6.8 stag carbine and you'll really enjoy hunting with an AR. I think my 6.8 is pretty close to a 308, I reload 110 barnes .277 and couldn't be happier with a short light gun with a 10 or 30 round clip if ya want.
  15. 436

    436 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    North West
    Here's one way they do it, and us a .223 as well. PETA got too be loving this one.
    http://s842.photobucket.com/albums/zz344/hrt4me/?action=view&current=minigunonwildhogs.mp4
    Cheer's
    436
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  16. hkruss

    hkruss Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,134
    Location:
    Mobile, Al.
    Thanks guys.

    436, awesome video! Is that you shooting?



    .
  17. cycloneman

    cycloneman Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2008
    Messages:
    8,007
    Location:
    Louisiana
    I dont think it really matters all that much if you shoot them in the ear.

    Body shots are hard cause of the hide.

    Ear, in the ear, behind the ear, just make sure its the ear.
  18. 436

    436 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    North West

    I wish; no it's not me. I do have a friend with U.S. Ordnance in Sparks NV who has a mini mounted on a HV that hunt's Yotes once and a while with it. I’ve shot the mini many times both in the Military and civilian owned. They are a hoot and I could see where a guy could get addicted too one; like heroin, except I think heroin would be a lot cheaper.
    436
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
The Hunting & Fishing Forum P dog shooting? Mar 27, 2014
The Hunting & Fishing Forum Looking for ladder treestand that has adjustable shooting rest Oct 19, 2012
The Hunting & Fishing Forum Rabbit Shooting Video May 19, 2011
The Hunting & Fishing Forum Long Range Hunting/Shooting Nov 9, 2010
The Hunting & Fishing Forum Hunting and shooting are deviant hobbies, says Finnish psychologist Oct 20, 2008