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Full Clip
08-09-2007, 6:08 PM
Going hog hunting in a couple months. :)
Is my 1911 or 625 in .45 ACP with HPs going to do the job?
I don't really "need" another handgun.

GSequoia
08-09-2007, 6:10 PM
Sidearms for pigs?

That's not a nice thing to call a police officer!

glockman19
08-09-2007, 6:17 PM
I prefer and bring along a .357mag or .44mag

Corbin Dallas
08-09-2007, 6:22 PM
You should have a 44 mag for wild hog hunting.

buffybuster
08-09-2007, 6:56 PM
Going hog hunting in a couple months. :)
Is my 1911 or 625 in .45 ACP with HPs going to do the job?
I don't really "need" another handgun.


For a secondary weapon, that 625 should be fine. Ideally if you reload, load up some hardcast 255g SWC (for 45LC) with Unique powder to a longer OAL to get about 900fps. That will be relatively easy to shoot (jumps alittle but no blast), can't accidently load it in a semi-auto since it will be too long for the magazines and it will cut nice round holes and penetrate very well. This load is warm but not anywhere near abusive to the gun.

NO HOLLOWPOINTS, they will generally open up too fast and not penetrate enough, unless you are shooting a Magnum, HOT loaded 45 Long Colt or bigger then they will have enough power to still punch thru as long as the bullet stays together.

CSACANNONEER
08-09-2007, 7:41 PM
Get a .41!

blkA4alb
08-09-2007, 7:44 PM
A buddy of mine will go with nothing less than his .44 Magnum.

1SGMAT
08-09-2007, 8:46 PM
Ruger Blackhawk .45 colt with Doubletap ammo's 255 grn kieth hot load. That way you only need one decent shot.

gotgunz
08-09-2007, 9:05 PM
Ruger Blackhawk .45 colt with Doubletap ammo's 255 grn kieth hot load. That way you only need one decent shot.


Second on a hot loaded 45 Colt but I am a huge favorite of the 41 mag as well.

redneckshootist
08-09-2007, 9:51 PM
I use my 44mag ruger redhawk.

You should get a 44mag handgun and go handgunnin for pigs. That shure is a rush. I will use my ruger blackhawk with the 10in barrel for those.

my load that I use is 21grains of H110 behind a 325 hard cast lead bullet. It scoots along a about 1200 fps

T-Bear
08-09-2007, 10:55 PM
I love to hunt with a pistol. Taken 2 pigs so far with my Casull.
300XTP pushing 1900. 1 shot 1 kill. Hopefully going to harvest my 3rd pretty soon.

Franksremote
08-09-2007, 10:59 PM
A customer felt that .45 Super was enough to protect him from any stray pigs that would decide he looked like dinner. Not a pig hunter myself, but he didn't appear to be of the armchair commando type.

ivanimal
08-09-2007, 11:05 PM
Get a .41!

This is the best reply so far. I have 2 combos 41 Ruger redhawk and 45-70 or long range shooting with a 300 Win Mag and a 41 S and W

C.G.
08-10-2007, 1:08 AM
This is the best reply so far. I have 2 combos 41 Ruger redhawk and 45-70 or long range shooting with a 300 Win Mag and a 41 S and W

How about .400 Cor-Bon? I can get a barrel in .400 Cor-Bon for my P220 (en route).

metalhead357
08-10-2007, 6:39 PM
You will be FINE with a .45 unless you're hunting monsters. I usually take/took a .357 with me but will be looking forward to carrying a .44 this year:D Just dont go out there thinking a .38 or 9mm is going to be sufficient:eek:

Wild Bill
08-10-2007, 9:21 PM
I usually carry a 475 linebaugh. Might be a little overkill but it puts them down and they do not get back up, ever!!! :D


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capitol
08-10-2007, 9:31 PM
G29 with Double Tap ammo.

Full Clip
08-11-2007, 12:22 AM
You will be FINE with a .45 unless you're hunting monsters. I usually take/took a .357 with me but will be looking forward to carrying a .44 this year:D Just dont go out there thinking a .38 or 9mm is going to be sufficient:eek:

Thanks for the reply to my question. :)
If there is a particular ammo to pick up, I'd do it, but I'll probably not be buying to reloading rig for customs or buying another gun for this...

donger
08-11-2007, 8:00 AM
Wouldn't a 10mm be sufficient?

Then my vote is for either a Glock 20 or 29 with non-decaffineated ammo.

WokMaster1
08-11-2007, 10:46 AM
anyone has a CZ sp01 with the bayonet? empty 10 rds of 9mm on it & use the bayonet for......

ok, i need to stop drinking this hippie coffee.:D

emc002
08-11-2007, 11:15 AM
Going hog hunting in a couple months. :)
Is my 1911 or 625 in .45 ACP with HPs going to do the job?
I don't really "need" another handgun.

I bowhunt pigs in the Central Coast area and always carry a .45 ACP with roundball ammo as a backup (I don't trust all the fancy ammo against the pig's thick fat). I've only had to use it once and that was for a pig that appeared after I took the one I wanted with my bow and was field dressing it. Two shots and it was down - hit the skull with the 1st shot at a bad angle, ricocheted off, 2nd shot in the neck (I was kneeling).

CaliTheKid
08-11-2007, 12:34 PM
I have hunted pigs in Paso a few times a year for the last 20 years and currently take a G20 with 220 gr LFP Double Tap ammo. My primary long gun is either a Sako or Tikka in .308 or Remington 700 in .30-06 and I use the sidearm for a walk up finishing shots or when we hike through thickets and it's too tight to use the long run.

The G20 has preformed well for me with in the limitations of what you can expect from a handgun as a side arm when hinting pigs. I hunt in a small group and over the years the other hunters have carried G20's, .357 Mag's and .44 Mags and honestly they have all been about equal. I just shoot the G20 very well and like having 15 rounds in a similarly sized and slightly lighter package.

Recently our guide got charged by a pretty large Russian male and he let loose with his Ruger in .44 Mag hitting it once and it still ran over him (he was shaken but fine). Thing I learned with big Russian boars is when they are pissed-- short of hitting it with a perfect head shot once they are on the charge they are going to stay on target. Pistol is pretty much there to make sure they think twice about comming back for more.


If I were to get out of the lower 48 and up to Alaska or Canada I'd prolly consider taking it up to .44 Mag, .45 LC or a .454 Casul.

chris
08-11-2007, 2:16 PM
.44 mag there is no substitute for that. .45 ACP is not gonna work.

tankerman
08-11-2007, 3:54 PM
Full Clip I suggest you pay attention to the posts from people that have actually harvested a hog with a handgun. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, handgun hunting is a close quarters event and you may not have much time to react if hunting in heavy brush. Long distance (25+ yards) handgunning for hogs usually only happens on farms. It is very important to be proficient with your handgun. Heavy hardcast bullets will break big hog bones even at moderate speeds.
I have never shot a feral hog that had thick fat as one post said (although he did say 'pig') maybe he meant the farm raised variety with a curly tail?

Full Clip
08-11-2007, 5:13 PM
Full Clip I suggest you pay attention to the posts from people that have actually harvested a hog with a handgun. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, handgun hunting is a close quarters event and you may not have much time to react if hunting in heavy brush...

I've done some some reading on the subject. Note, however, that my primary weapon is a 30-06 M1917, I was just thinking about my .45 1911 or 625 as a backup, not for primary use while handgun hunting in brush, etc. That said, is there a particular ammo brand/load I should be looking to buy? (I don't reload.)

CaliTheKid
08-11-2007, 6:13 PM
I think you would do fine with this-- IMO it makes the .45ACP a respectable woods carry:

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_34&products_id=156

buffybuster
08-11-2007, 9:04 PM
I've done some some reading on the subject. Note, however, that my primary weapon is a 30-06 M1917, I was just thinking about my .45 1911 or 625 as a backup, not for primary use while handgun hunting in brush, etc. That said, is there a particular ammo brand/load I should be looking to buy? (I don't reload.)


As I stated in my earlier post, your 625 will be fine as a secondary weapon. Since you don't reload, the best "factory" ammunition available is going to be Doubletap's 230gr FMJ-FP (Full Metal Jacket-FLAT POINT) load. Go to the Doubletap website and look for this load. It's loaded faster that the standard 230gr loads and the Flat Point will penetrate straighter that the RN. That's going to be the closest to the 255gr HC-FP handload that I recommended previously. Good Hunting.

Full Clip
08-12-2007, 9:23 AM
Thanks CTK and BB -- that's what I was looking for.

thisismyboomstick
08-12-2007, 1:19 PM
I think you would do fine with this-- IMO it makes the .45ACP a respectable woods carry:

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_34&products_id=156

Put this stuff in your 625 and call it good. I would stick with the revolver just for reliability reasons.