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Posted: 12/29/2011 11:43:13 AM EST
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What grain and brand bullet are you using for hog hunting? I shoot a 6.8 but a buddy only has a .223 caliber AR. I've just seen a lot of animals get away using 55 gr. soft points. Hogs, deer, etc. I'm in TX and deer are smaller than other areas. IMHO .223 is not a good hunting cartridge but it is what it is and he has what he has. I was thinking maybe he could go to a heavier bullet and that would help some. We do reload so that is not a problem. Please don't say head shots as I'm not a big fan of those for many people and have seen too many jaws blown off and a lot of animals suffer.

Thanks for all your help and input!
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Posted: 12/29/2011 9:02:11 AM EST
I'm in VA where there are quite a few differences in landscape and possible size of hogs, but I use a 12 gauge with slugs. A friend uses a .223 with 62gr Barnes, and he doesn't have any problems with them going down. I use a shotgun because it's pretty thick around here, and the hogs are never that far away.
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Posted: 12/29/2011 9:07:30 AM EST
70gr barnes tsx
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Posted: 12/29/2011 9:15:08 AM EST
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70gr barnes tsx


Use that bullet for anything bigger than a coyote
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Posted: 12/29/2011 9:18:34 AM EST
Originally Posted By Blasternank:
What grain and brand bullet are you using for hog hunting? I shoot a 6.8 but a buddy only has a .223 caliber AR. I've just seen a lot of animals get away using 55 gr. soft points. Hogs, deer, etc. I'm in TX and deer are smaller than other areas. IMHO .223 is not a good hunting cartridge but it is what it is and he has what he has. I was thinking maybe he could go to a heavier bullet and that would help some. We do reload so that is not a problem. Please don't say head shots as I'm not a big fan of those for many people and have seen too many jaws blown off and a lot of animals suffer.

Thanks for all your help and input!


62 Barnes TSX....or the 55gr version.
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Posted: 12/29/2011 10:08:25 AM EST
62gr. Federal Fusion
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Posted: 12/29/2011 11:45:10 AM EST
Maybe the guys in the hunting forum could help you.

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Posted: 12/29/2011 12:02:25 PM EST
Are you looking for just a bullet (reloading component) or factory loaded ammunition? For bullet, I've had a lot of luck with the 65gr Sierra pro hunter.

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Posted: 12/29/2011 12:43:47 PM EST
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almost any type will do.
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shot placement & distance is a key
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Posted: 12/29/2011 12:57:16 PM EST
thanks for the responses. He has a 1:9 twist so I think I can go as high as a 69 gr. bullet according to what I've just read. I'm looking to reload so any components you use would be appreciated. Also, I'd look at buying the ammo as well but just prefer to reload it. Let me know what has worked for you.
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Posted: 12/29/2011 1:04:26 PM EST
There's another guy in here from TX that uses just 55gr FMJ and says he plants them with those bullets. They'll penetrate the vitals due to design, but for more effective "drop them in their tracks" performance, aim for the neck/shoulder junction.
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Posted: 12/29/2011 2:12:26 PM EST
Barnes 62 gr TTSX
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Posted: 12/29/2011 4:47:34 PM EST
I have killed quite a few using 62 gr hp silver bear ammo. Its all about shot placement.
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Posted: 12/29/2011 6:30:03 PM EST
60 gr partition
62 tsx
64 gr power point
55gr sp

All these work fine. Or behind the ear not a head shot. In front of the shoulder to the ear there usually Drt.
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Posted: 12/29/2011 8:33:06 PM EST
While I agree the .223 is on the small side, when you have no easy option, then do it with the best of the bunch. The TSX70gr is about as good as it will get. I have the 62gr Fusion, they work okay as do the tsx62. The guys have covered placement for you. My only other advice??? It's an AR. Put 3 holes in whatever is in front of the rifle. 3-62gr bullets= 186gr. That's heavy, and hard to overcome............ A pair of blown lungs, plus a liver shot out and a hip shattered means a whole lot less chasing the animal.
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Posted: 12/30/2011 4:31:52 AM EST
While I agree the .223 is on the small side, when you have no easy option, then do it with the best of the bunch. The TSX70gr is about as good as it will get. I have the 62gr Fusion, they work okay as do the tsx62. The guys have covered placement for you. My only other advice??? It's an AR. Put 3 holes in whatever is in front of the rifle. 3-62gr bullets= 186gr. That's heavy, and hard to overcome............ A pair of blown lungs, plus a liver shot out and a hip shattered means a whole lot less chasing the animal.


I like your thinking.
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Posted: 12/30/2011 4:37:21 AM EST
I use 55 gr. FMJ.
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Posted: 12/30/2011 8:22:41 AM EST
The last one I killed was with a 69grn SMK. Dropped him where is stood.

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Posted: 1/2/2012 8:54:35 AM EST
Originally Posted By itsARanchrifle:
I use 55 gr. FMJ.



Me too.

However, if you're all worried about not losing your trophy hog (snicker), the TSX is probably the best bullet. The Gold Dot has performed perfectly for me, and I've read good things about the Fusion. I think any bonded bullet will work, just know that if you shoot a giant hog or one at extended range you stand a good chance of losing him. But don't worry, there will be a dozen more...
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Posted: 1/2/2012 10:29:22 AM EST
Originally Posted By Blasternank:
What grain and brand bullet are you using for hog hunting? I shoot a 6.8 but a buddy only has a .223 caliber AR. I've just seen a lot of animals get away using 55 gr. soft points. Hogs, deer, etc. I'm in TX and deer are smaller than other areas. IMHO .223 is not a good hunting cartridge but it is what it is and he has what he has. I was thinking maybe he could go to a heavier bullet and that would help some. We do reload so that is not a problem. Please don't say head shots as I'm not a big fan of those for many people and have seen too many jaws blown off and a lot of animals suffer.

Thanks for all your help and input!


We use Hornaday 223 75g BTHP. We killed well over 500 hogs and a few dozen deer on cull permits. We get them for $450 per 1000 so you can afford to shoot them a few times!! We target practice with the same bullets we hunt with. We shoot them in the neck and tru the shoulders, Texas heart shots, any which way they present... NASTY bullets. Destroys hogs under 150 and will kill any hog that walks..The average hog is 60-150 lbs and the biggest was 425lbs. The average distance was probably in the 70-150 yard range.
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Posted: 1/3/2012 5:34:37 PM EST
Ive used the 53 grain Corbon TSX and 55 grain Federal Premium TSX. I shoot 1:9 RRA mid-lengths and both shoot under an inch at 100 yds. All shots between my daughter and I on both deer and pigs have been under 100 yards and all have been complete pass through with broadside shots. Nothing has made it over 50 yards and most have only gone about 20. Granted, I have not shot a hog over 200 lbs with the rounds yet.

Hope that helps if your setup is similar to ours.

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Posted: 1/4/2012 7:27:34 AM EST
I reload but not .223 as of yet. I havent because I have had great success with the hornady redbox 55gr soft points. They come in a box of 50 for around 29 dollars. I have shot close to 25 hogs with it. Havent lost one yet, big blood trails and awesome penetration. Biggest hog I have taken with it was a 260lb sow with a behind the shoulder shot, she made it 30 yards. If I were gonna reload I would go with 60gr partitions or the barnes.
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Posted: 1/4/2012 11:26:19 AM EST
Originally Posted By FlashHole:
The last one I killed was with a 69grn SMK. Dropped him where is stood.


Well I guess this worked for this guy but be advised that Sierra has specifically cautioned against the use of Match king (SMK) bullets for game
They make a Game king line (SGK)
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Posted: 1/6/2012 5:49:01 PM EST
I've killed alot of deer with Sierra 52 grain Match BTHP from a 22-250. Not sure the difference between that and the game king but the match gets it done if you do your part.
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Posted: 1/7/2012 8:07:25 AM EST
Oh boy, here we go...
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Posted: 1/7/2012 8:21:01 AM EST
Count me as another bthp smk user.
I know/guess there are "better" options available now.

But those bullets have been performing well on deer and hogs in Tx and Ok for 10+ yrs now for me.
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