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 Posted: Sun Mar 23rd, 2008 03:36 pm
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I have always been of the idea that the best place to head shoot a hog, is in the ear, or slightly behind it. I have shot them in the eye and neck also, and it all produces the same result, a hog on the ground. Here are a couple of articles. What do you think? I think just about any shot in the head, except the nose, will produce the same result, and it doesn't make much difference. The article showing the hog head with the red target area behind the ear, also says specifically NOT to shoot the hog in the eye. Again, I don't think it makes a lot of difference, it all works.

BULLET PLACEMENT
Bullet placement is critical. In the table I have dedicated a column to the limits of bullet placement. The most deadly and fairly easy shot with a wild boar is the NECK. Most any bullet placed between the shoulder and Jaw or ear will drop a hog in its tracks. Even if the hog runs the blood trail is always good
The neck shot in the table is defined as (1).
The shoulder shot (2) presents the largest target and can be made broadside or quartering away. But the demands on the bullet or greatly increased. Boar hogs have CAPES (hardened skin) that can be 3 inches thick, massive legs and bones and then a rib cage and often there is fatty tissue also.
The quartering forward shot (3) is not recommended accept with the heaviest of loads and ample velocity and at fairly close ranges. The shot is a poor one because the vitals are well protected and hard to hit.
Anal shots (4) are not recommended at all. But in some situations you may find you need it. I HAVE in defense of dog and man. The goal of an anal shot is to break the pelvic bones and disrupt the spine. A  heavy bullet placed in the anus should strike the pelvis and spine. Disabling the animal for another shot.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Posted: Mon Mar 24th, 2008 11:09 am
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 I know some of you guys have an opinion on this one!



 Posted: Mon Mar 24th, 2008 12:21 pm
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A little birdy tells me you had a talk with someone recently about where to place a bullet when making a head shot.

My opinion is based on what I've seen and what works best for me. I am also reffering to trapped or snared hogs at point blank range,,,, not free roaming hogs at a distance. 

I always place the bullet mid way between the eye and the ear with the projected exit hole being the opposite lower ear. My bullet of choice is a .22 Long Rifle Hollow Point. A second shot is extremely rare if the first shot is true to its mark.

Patience is the key when shooting trapped or snared hogs with a .22. If the hog is thrashing around just wait for it to calm down before dispatching. If your running around the trap and raising hell the hog is NOT going to calm down. If you stand still and be quiet they will settle down very quickly. 

I use the same shot on free roaming hogs at a distance, but I'm not useing a rimfire. If they are past 100 yds and I don't have a solid rest I will move the crosshairs to the ear area allowing for a larger margin of error. I WILL NOT shoot a hog in the body with a high powered rifle. I'll watch it walk away first,,,,,,,,, but thats just me. 



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I have only shot one hog in the head but I shot a few deer,and a lot of other animals - it was always right behind the ear and they all  droped in the spot they stood.

IMO thats the best place to shoot an animal, if it gives you the shot.

You dont ruin any meat and if you miss - most of the time you dont even hit the animal.  

I never tried to shoot anything in its butt :lmao could have a few times because Ive seen alot of them runnin away from me. (sorry thats funny to me - puckerin chicken eye):rotfl



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 Yeah, I had told our friend to aim on the back side of the ear, that way there is a greater margin of error. When I said that, I was talking about a high power rifle, but if the .22 will penetrate the skull, it should work fine that way also. I have used a .223 on hogs in the trap, but it is normally a .22 pistol. Of course, the pistol has less velocity than a rifle.
  I was surprised the other day, when another friend of mine said that of the hogs he had shot in the head with his .308, he had never had the bullet exit. I told him he needed to do some serious looking at his ammunition (he has another mutual friend loading for him). Personally, I have never had a bullet not exit a hog, even when I had a Nosler Ballistic Tip do some crazy stuff after hitting the head, and it came out the oppisite knee. Nutoy was witness to this crazy bullet path.



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