Putting down an aggressive hog (400 lbs) doesn’t require a heavy caliber rifle. Check out Youtuber Jim Thomas as he displays excellent markmanship while taking down a 400 pound wild hog.
What is surprising is that Jim was only using a subsonic .22LR bullet. To be exact he was sporting a suppressed Ruger 10/22 rifle equipped with an ATNX-Sight for night vision. Like a seasoned hunter Jim waited for the hogs to show and loitering at the bait area. From 50 yards away Jim spots the big hog among others that had been giving them problems on his property in the past.
With great skills Jim puts a .22 round into the temple of the hog and puts it down on the spot. This story isn’t an advertisement on Ruger 10/22, but they do make awesome 22 rifles.
The main focus is on sound marksmanship, so be sure to practice and be safe.
Is the subsonic .22 ammo quiet?
Heres some gee whiz information if you didn’t know about the subsonic. Without getting into the scientific details, most gun experts say that subsonic ammor is not only quiet but more accurate at close range due to no turbulance from the bullet breaking the sound barrier.
Is subsonic ammo quieter?
Subsonic cartridges produce less noise than full velocity rounds. However, your rifle will still go bang and the quieter ammo will not have the punch to knock down the bigger game. (Just thought that was a neat thing to share)
Types of 22LR Ammo
Hollow Point or Round Nose: If you are plinking, target shooting or hunting for fun, round nose or ballistic rounds are generally preferred.
Subsonics: Subsonic rounds are rounds that do not break the sound barrier. Most of the 22lr ammo is subsonics.
Shotshells: Shotshells are a special type of 22LR ammunition that mostly used for hunting & target sports.
CCI Stinger: Introduced in 1976, the CCI Stinger brought .22lr ammo to an entirely new level. These are the great little hunting rounds with higher velocity and hollow points.
Remington Thunderbolt:Remington Thunderbolts are the best 22lr rounds for the lower budget. It is inexpensive, very effective and deadly accurate with simple round-nosed and waxed 40-grain lead bullet.
Federal Automatch: Whether you need 22lr ammo for plinking. targets and competition and training you will get accurate, affordable performance with Federal Automatch. Accurate, consistent and reliable to get the best shooting experience.
CCI Standard Velocity: CCI Standard Velocity 22 LR ammunition is ideal for plinking or competition training. Loaded to the same velocity as CCI Green Tag & Pistol Match ammo. CCI Standard Velocity 22 Long Rifle features a 40 grain Lead Round Nose bullet with a subsonic of 1070 ft/sec.
Eley Tenex Match: ELEY tenex the world’s most consistently accurate .22LR cartridge. This cartridge benefits from the patented flat nose profile and the cut mouth case delivering consistent internal ballistics performance.
Ever wondered what it would be like to go hog hunting with a Barrett .50-caliber rifle? This guy in Texas actually did.
If you thought hog hunting with elephant guns was impressive, check out these guys in Texas (Youtube dbtexhunts1) who decided to bring this up a notch and go hog hunting with a Barrett .50 cal rifle.
In a battle between a 100-150 pound hog and a .50 cal bullet with about 14,000 foot pounds of energy, the hog is going down every time.
I don’t think debating if this is ethical hunting or not.
Ask any ranchers or farmers that have these feral hogs running wild and tearing up their plantations. They’ll tell you this is one of the option to control that.
Unfortunately, shooting a hog with a Barrett .50 cal probably destroy a lot of meat, which is one of the tasty side benefits to shooting a hog this size.
Guess you can use a less caliber rifle, if you’re concern of less meat.
However, one thing is certain: it sure looks like loads of fun!
If you’re a hog in down under (Australia) you don’t want to run into these hunters armed with .375 and .416 Rigby rifles.
Just like in the United States, in the land under they have a huge population of feral hogs. Yes, it is a problem over there as well.
If you’re out hunting, there are chances you’ll run into hogs in the northern territory.
So here is what went down with this poor hog.
These good folks were out hunting water buffalo, which is why they were armed with these bigger calibers. (.375 and .416 Rigby)
When they came upon this feral hog, they settled in creeping up on it. See what happens below.
I’m sure there were some edible meat left when it was it over.
Definitely, these hunters had enough fire power to make mince meat of these hogs. (no pun intended)
These hunters displayed excellent shooting skills as they were hitting these running hogs. That was no easy task.
Feral hogs are a huge problem in the Lone Star State. So its not surprising to see YouTuber Texas bass fishing guru Justin Rackley, out doing his part to help eradicate some these pests from his home state.
On a particular night Justin is out hog hunting. He shoots one with his AR and thinks it was a clean kill shot.
But as he and the camera guy walks up to the hog, it was still alive and very angry.
As you know when you shoot one and it goes down, best to have your AR or pistol on you as you approach a wounded hog because they can still be dangerous!
Good thing Justin did have his sidearm on him and shot multiple times to drop the hog completely. Vid action starts at 3:10
What you don’t see behind the scene was that the camera guy ran leaving Justin to take care of business in the dark.
Good thing it all worked out.
Brad Korando shared this action-packed video on Facebook. This is a wild hog that paid the ultimate price for gluttony.
Sneaking into the woods at night, this hunter was well-armed for this hungry, invasive hog. A thermal-imaging scope caught the fat hog feeding on corn in the crosshairs. Then, one shot rings out, followed by another. A geyser of blood pours from this feral beast, and this guy caught it all on video.
Wild hogs are invasive nightmares that cause destruction to both wildlife and farmland. We take our hats off to the men and women that target these animals.
Things don’t always go as planned on a hog hunt. These hunters captured awesome and hilarious footage of hog hunting gone wrong.
Feral hogs are intelligent animals.
Couple this intelligence with their size, speed, and strength, and a hog can quickly turn the tables on an unprepared hunter.
As these hunters demonstrated, you always need to be on your toes when hunting feral hogs, especially when they are at close range. A hog is not as dangerous as an angry big trophy like a buffalo or elephant, but a charging hog can quickly turn an ordinary hunt into a dangerous situation. There are some hunters have had their day ruined by a very angry feral hog.