View Full Version : .357 for pig

07-14-2010, 1:39 PM
anyone had any EXPERIENCE with this? I have loaded some .357 mag for my 4" GP100

158 sierra soft points over 10 grains of AA#5 with federal magnum primer. should be doing about just under 1300 FPS but i haven't been able to chrono it yet. Its super accurate, holding a 3.5" group at 25 yards, free hand standing (no bags or bracing, just a two handed weaver stance). I was wondering about using it on pig and was wondering if anyone had done this before. Thanks!

07-14-2010, 5:47 PM
Ive taken a bunch with a vareity of handguns from 9mm to 357. 357 should do the job fine if you can get close enough.

07-14-2010, 7:15 PM
GUy at work (redneck :cowboy:) hunted pigs with .357 handgun....Just make sure you have the high ground....:)

07-14-2010, 7:39 PM
I have killed many wild boars, I would not suggest using the 357 as your primary gun.

First reason is: If you hit a big boar in the back or shoulder area in the armor grissel plate, You will really piss him off and you will have a big problem headed right for you.

Second: Do not under-estimate how tough a bg boar 250 Lbs + can be. Most often they will run a fair distance even after being shot several times with a rifle. I have had a few turn right towards me and charge right at me.

07-14-2010, 7:55 PM
I have a cusin who hunts with a traditional knife. It's 14" long and hand forged. That is crazy!!

07-15-2010, 1:13 AM
If I were to for some reason want to shoot a pig with a .357, it would be behind the ear. And I'd likely be in a safe place like in a tree...

Let us know how it goes.

big jon
07-15-2010, 4:41 AM
i took my 1st hog with the 357 cuz everyone said not too, i got one @ 40 yards and one the same day @ 250 yards both above the sholder & double lung. i was using a blackhawk 6 1/2 with a lepold 2x scope. sierra 180grn i forgot what power i was using but i remebr it was going 1325 out of my blackhawk and 1425 out of my LAR Grizzly. i shot 80% of the hogs i killed with a S&W M10 6in 38spc as a guide back then i needs something light. shot placement is everything. i only had 1 hog chase me in almost 10 years of guiding, i took her with the 38spc, first time i ever shot anything with the over the sholder and running at the sametime method.

07-15-2010, 6:20 AM
Shot Placement and a good well constructed bullet known to penetrate and hold together.

07-15-2010, 10:26 AM
what about out of a carbine?

07-15-2010, 12:45 PM
thanks for the intel guys. i was thinking about this because the areas i hunt sometimes are steep and rocky and its hard to be mobile with my marlin 336. If i planned on only hunting with a handgun i would probably get a 41 or 44 mag but i already have the gp100. I'm planning on scouting the area for deer season (drew the tag for that area) but was planning on bringing my pig tag just in case i found one :)

07-15-2010, 12:48 PM
another thing..

i'm hearnig alot about using 180 grain over 158 grain for hunting applications....anyone have any good bullet suggestions? FMJ, JSP, or HP?

I'm a pretty novice hunter and am figuring most of this stuff out by trial and error. any help is appreciated.

07-15-2010, 3:01 PM
clp, fmj are not legal to hunt game with

07-15-2010, 7:39 PM
From reading this thread it seems pigs are more dangerous than Cape Buff:p

07-16-2010, 8:06 AM
Knife = CRAZY
RIFLE = PORK CHOPS, SAUSAGE, etc......:clap:

07-17-2010, 7:08 PM
The problem with .357s (most handguns, for that matter) is that the bullets are of pretty low BC. In other words, they hemorrhage energy really fast. Coupled with fairly modest muzzle velocities, it's not a recipe for success unless you can hit them in the head. Even at 25 yards, I'd be concerned about penetration on a pig of any decent size.

I do intend to go handgun hunting for hogs soon, but it will be with my S&W .460 with a 12" barrel and a scope. Given that this rig weighs over 6 pounds unloaded, I guess that's stretching the practical definition of "handgun."

07-17-2010, 7:31 PM
I've seen pig bomb on history channel last night, narrator was saying that rapid pig population is getting out of control. Is this true in Cali as well?
Also, I thought pigs are considered pest? so you still need a tag (permit?) to hunt one?

07-17-2010, 7:39 PM
I've seen pig bomb on history channel last night, narrator was saying that rapid pig population is getting out of control. Is this true in Cali as well?
Also, I thought pigs are considered pest? so you still need a tag (permit?) to hunt one?

According to CFG, they're rampant (in all but two counties in CA, if I remember) and very destructive. But, they were classified as a game animal decades ago, so you still need a tag. They're theoretically a bit easier to hunt, as there's no limitations on season, size or gender, but...finding good hunting ground on public land isn't that easy. The people who know where they are ain't talking.