Hunting wild boars.....what ammo?

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    Hunting wild boars.....what ammo?

    Ok kinda strange question here, my father wants me to go on a wild boar hunt with him (i think in TN) and u are allowed to use Bows & Handguns only No long guns. Which i think will be a blast!! But those darn boars are tuff!!! I have a .40 cal. Glock. I know ill need something with great knock down force but with the tough skin of a boar ill need good penetration. Iam hopeing someone with more knowledge than i will have a good idea of what to use as far as ammo... Also do u think a .40 is up to job? ....thanks

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    We don't have wild boars out here but we do have Javelinas.. which are close but not as big. I've heard quite a few stories about people having to shoot them. I've had to shoot AT them but never to kill. Smallest I've heard of anyone using was a 9mm and a couple rounds. I think a .40 would manage the job just fine, be sure to use good ammo, though. I wouldn't trust WWB to it - use carry ammo.

    A neighbor of mine was out bow hunting javelinas. Always takes a Springfield XD .40 with him. He was attacked by a pair of mountain lions. He hit the first one with his bow and knocked the other down with a fast draw and some good shooting. If he's willing to trust the .40.. why not?
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    I don't think a .40 cal would penatrate far enough on a full size hog.

    I would go with a .357 mag or bigger with a good penatrating round.
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    I concur, the .40 aint going to do it.
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    If I were to use a handgun for hogs, it would be a .41 magnum. However if the .40 is all you have, I'd use a Gold-dot or Barnes DPX, with FMJ being a distant 3rd. Not to mention I would not pull the trigger without an easily climbable object nearby ;).

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    I just looked to see if I could find a useful diagram ...... no luck so far. It shows very well the best hit areas and the anatomy is in some ways different from what some folks think.

    Anyways - IMO there can be very marked penetration issues - under penetration. I would personally prefer to be up around .44 Mag with XTP's, or even .454.

    If placement spot on - if that were possible, then a .40 might cut it.
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    http://www.texasboars.com/anatomy.html

    here ya go, the vitals are further forward than most people are used too, gotta shoot FOR the shoulder, not behind it.

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    Good work blueye - that was not actually the diagram I was trying to find but the genuine pics are as good or better.

    Definitely - shows how fwd the vitals are.
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    I used to use a Ruger 44 mag on florida hogs. It dose a nice job. We got them useing tree stands.

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    Thanks everyone, especially for the link with the great pic's!! Unfortunatly the .40 is the best ive got, just got my wife a glock 19 (9mm) though & gave her the CTC laser grips as i like using the TFO's better anyway, so the .40's it. Well the GoldDot ammo is pretty much the same as Win. Ranger SXT's that i use as carry ammo right??

    Yeah i think ill be takin that "find a nearby tree to climb" advice

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    Get a .44mag

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    Is it even legal to shoot them with a .40? Is the boar a game animal or is it just a critter that is not regulated?
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    Is the boar a game animal or is it just a critter that is not regulated?
    We have some increase in numbers here in PA and they are classed as vermin ... so eradication is happily the name of the game. That said I'd still advise an overkill caliber - starting at .44 mag minimum - but that's just me - keen to get a job done well
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    Wasn't the XTP originally designed as a hunting bullet?

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    Wasn't the XTP originally designed as a hunting bullet?
    I'd say yes it was ... but my reservation with that bullet design is - it needs driven hard - real HARD! I do think the 300 grainer Hornady in my .454 is a devastating combo ... but drive that puppy too slow and I feel it will not perform.

    Seems to take high energy levels to get full expansion but then - bingo - job done!
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