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WILD PIG VERSUS .17 HMR .... TEXAS!!

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by rick979, Sep 29, 2012.

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  1. rick979

    rick979 Active Member

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    Sat in my Gator in the rain for 2 hours tonight hoping to eliminate another pig. I didn't want to get my 30.06 wet so I had taken a Savage in 17HMR with 20 grain bullets. I knew accuracy would be very important so when a big sow appeared right at twilight I put my crosshairs about 2 inches below her ear and squeezed off a single round. She dropped quickly.....kicked a bit and went on to another world. Never underestimate the power of a SMALL high velocity shot when well placed. Here are three photos from a couple of hours ago.
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  2. kiv-c

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    What did she weight? About 100 pounds? Looks about the size of the one I shot down in Iowa a year ago. Good eatin' size!
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Good call on the head shot with a 17 HMR. I have my doubts it would make a clean, quick kill on the stout body of a pig.
     
  4. oskerspap12

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    Eat well my friend,eat well.
     
  5. Auctioneer

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    A well place 22 will also do the same. Good shooting and hope you get another one soon.
     
  6. W.P.T.

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    Well sure if you hit them in that spot, good shooting and eating ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  7. rivercityjeff

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    WPT, the 17 HMR is insanely accurate and capable. Think .22 Mag meets modern projectiles and ballistics.

    Would the hog have been any deader if she'd been shot with a .300 MAG?

    Apparently Rick979 put the crosshairs in the right spot. Good shooting! That will be good eating!
     
  8. Shooting Jack

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    A friend of mine is a dog trainer/handler at Sea Island and they have a problem with wild pigs. Each of the guys carry a 22m or a 17HMR and there are so many that raise in the marshes that they leave them where they fall. I know my friend has killed over 500 in the last two years and could not find anyone interested in taking them. Many are killed in the summer and they worry about them carrying some kind of disease. Sad though they are wasted.

    I did have a video of pigs being shot with a 17 and 22 caliber pellet gun. As was said, hit them in the right spot works. Jackie B.
     
  9. 5 Stand Dan

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    Better than a pellet gun.

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  10. chipdaddy

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    Full auto looks cool but is a waste of ammo and no control. But Ted is a little crazy in a good way. Jerry
     
  11. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    good shooting...just shows that accuracy and placing your shot is king...for the cost of ammo these days those little nasty rounds will take out a lot more varmints for the buck than anything bigger..plus its just plain fun!!
     
  12. The Stive

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    WOW!! That looks like a lot of fun. A good thing to do as well. John
     
  13. CalvinMD

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    It really is fun..and just be careful because them rascals can be nasty and tear you or your pet up if gotten too close to
     
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    Looks like one of those Nikon 3-9 EFR Target Scopes on that rifle. Can you comfirm? I just bought one and was wondering how you like yours? ...Rick
     
  15. rick979

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    3DRAM: It is a Tasco 3X9 scope. Bought the combo for $250. Lotta bang for the buck!!
     
  16. CalvinMD

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    I have the same gun but with a laminated stock...did a trigger job and its much improved but still may try retrofitting it with a AccuTrigger if it doesn't cost an arm and a leg
     
  17. Tron

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    I also have the same gun, but with a laminated stock and stainless barrel. I installed a Basix trigger for about $80 and it's a super crisp 10oz.

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    120 yards on a quarter, first try:

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  18. CalvinMD

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    They truly are a hoot to shoot...crazy accurate with good glass..thanks Tron..I may look into the Basix
     
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    I know from nothing about how a dead wild pig is approached and butchered. Are there health considerations re. parasites, disease, tics, botflies and the like that take a special approach? I'd not want to do the butchering, although I did butcher up a fetal pig in high school biology! Took about three weeks! But the formaldehyde kept things together.

    Only medium size mammal I ever shot was a coyote; heck, I was careful not to touch the carcass with a bare hand and scooped it into a contractor's bag w/shovel. Animal was causing all kinds of problems in the backyard.

    But...how can the pig be processed safely?
     
  20. RickN

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    David, just go to youtube and search for "dressing or butchering a wild pig".
     
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