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I guess I use a different strategy when I hunt, more horsepower more humane kill! I use something that will get the job done. Cory
 

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It will work but it definitely is not the best choice. If you have all the time in the world for your shots it will work. But for a moving target it definitely wouldn't be my choice. I prefer a 270. I like to hunt out of a tree climber for them. Jackie B.
 

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If you shoot solids they will work just fine but as has been stated. Not anybodys first choice. Jeff
 

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Yes shot many pigs in south texas with a 223. Just hit them right behind the ear. Most hunting in texas done over a corn feeder out of a box blind.
 

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Head shots only...the 223 isn't a stopper on these critters unless you're after piglets, which are pretty tastey
 

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I shoot 77 grain pills out of my .223 AR on pigs. Put one in the ear and it's lights out.

The fun part is shooting them at night with a scope mounted kill light. I use Big Pig Lights and Elusive Wildlife Technologies kill lights. Cheap and powerfull.
 

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I do have a night gun for use over a corn box and it's a 22 hornet with a gen II night scope. Shots are normally less than 75 yards and ear shots are the name of the game. Instead of running off, I've had them to start eating the hog I shot when they smelled the blood. It can be fun. LOL Jackie B.
 

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Here is a video of hunting pig's from the air. Look at the gun he is using. Its also a good video to watch. You can also watch other videos of other hunts from the air on YouTube.
 

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Im not telling anyone to do this but hunting smaller pigs, about 100# or less from a dirt bike using a hand gun. Its a step up from hunting horse back.
It takes away the easiness of using a rifle.
 

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The body of a pig is pretty tough. As others have said, head shots. Give the .223 bullet a chance to do its job.

If your gun can stabilize them, Nosler makes some 60 grain Particians (factory loaded by Federal - see link) whose construction is tougher and they penetrate deeper before expanding. Their intended purpose is for light big game, like some of the smaller deer. They'll work better for penetration than varmint bullets, which are designed to rapidly expand upon contact. This works great for small varmints and coyotes, but for larger critters, especially those with very solid bodies, they leave ugly shallow surface wounds, craters really, that often result in a cruel, lingering death. Use the right bullet.
 

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Done it before and would again. If I'm hunting coyotes with my .223 and see a boar or sal within 100yds maybe a lil further out I would take the shot no questions ask.
 

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When I was young we used to shoot some huge hogs with 22lr right at ear. Sometimes we missed and learned how to climb trees real fast. Usually had someone in group with a shotgun slug. Those things looked like alligators on wheels when they come after you. jim w.
 

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I've shot many hogs with a .223 placed right it will drop them in their tracks

As far as being humane to them I have none left for them after the damage they have done to our place
 

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Yeah, be careful. The .223 can, like, take out tanks and stuff.
 

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NO NO NO get it right. Its a 22 LR that will blow up a tank and a half track at once. Have you now got it straight? GOOD. Tha came straight from the Hollywood info desk.
 

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I use a .223 on pigs up here around Amarillo. Shot placement is the key, though. But if you get into alot of them, handling the bolt can be slow. That's why I like a semi-auto. Shooting them can be like shooting at a tank though. They are tough son of a guns.
 

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"Here is a video of hunting pig's from the air. Look at the gun he is using. Its also a good video to watch..."
Way too cool!
Headed to S. Texas 1-Feb to hog hunt. I've decided on gun/caliber yet
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