Rifles For Wild Boar, Wild Hog and Pig Hunting
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Rifle or Shotgun for Hog Hunting?
There is no doubt the a mature wild hog will absorb a gun shot like no other animal. I cannot begin to
explain how many times I have heard that I must have missed. With a caliber of 6.8 .270.308 30-06
or higher you have an 80% chance of seeing immediate results after hitting your target but less than a
10% chance for a follow up shot due to the speed of the hog after it is hit and generally the dense
brush hogs always seem to be close to or run to.

Shotguns are a great choice for Florida hog hunting because of two reasons. If you are dog hunting
dead on run, and a semi auto is best for quick follow up shots. A pump shotgun will give you less
time for a follow up but is my choice if you will be using slugs. A good slug gun is priority for me,
with adequate knock down power you seldom will question if you have hit your intended target.
Even with a marginal placed shot you should have the time for a good follow up shot and in the
event you do not the hog will probably not travel too far. With the above said I prefer a bolt action
heavy caliber gun for tree stand hunting, a pump slug gun for stalking and either a pump or semi
auto shotgun for dog hunting.

One more rifle to speak of is the .223 5.56 AR 15. A great fast shooting rifle has its place in the hog
hunting world. I prefer head shots and night hunting with this style of rifle. Due to the accuracy and
ability to accessorize the gun with so many goodies it would be a shame to leave it for only paper
targets. I will leave the AR discussion for my next article because there is so much to touch on and
add on to this gun.

One last thing is I always carry a sidearm for those moments when I need a well-placed head shot
to either finish a wounded hog or dispatch of one quickly that the dogs have bayed up. One must
have for any sidearm intended for hunting purposes is a bonded bullet as they do not fragment like
many standard lead hollow points. If a bullet holds together then all of its energy is transmitted to
ts intended target for both pistol and rifle loads.

Good luck and good hunting.