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25-06 for hog hunting?

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by NorCal Taco, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Mar 3, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    So, I'm going hog hunting in a about a month and I've been tossing around getting a new rifle for the outing. Do any of you guys that hunt hogs use a 25-06? I've really been considering adding something to my collection between the 22 and 30 caliber range and I really like the ballistics of the 25-06. From your experience, is it pretty effective for hogs? I know shot placement and bullet type is much more important than caliber, but I'm interested in some field experience. Here's what I had in mind for the rifle...

    Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 DBM
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  2. Mar 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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    My bad, going to Texas for training and going to have some fun on a friend's ranch while I'm there. So, flat land would be the terrain. I was drawn to the flat trajectory of the bullet for some possible long-ish range shooting.
     
  3. Mar 4, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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    You'll be fine with it. I hunt hogs down here in FL. I've used everything from .357 to 12guage to 30-06. I usually do headshots. Plenty of guys down here use .223 and do fine. The 25-06 has some more ass behind it so it will work fine.
     
  4. Mar 5, 2012 at 3:29 AM
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    Thanks for the validation, fellas. I can't wait to get over there and get after it! I hear it can get pretty intense, and since I don't have my license in Japan yet, I'll have to soak up all the adrenaline I can handle!
     
  5. Mar 5, 2012 at 7:10 AM
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    You'd better hit that sow right smack in the head with a .223 or she just might come after you. They get rather large around here and we tend to use a larger cartridgeup this way. Not many using a .223 unless it is a nuisance situation and the .223 is what's in the truck.

    I like to use a .243 which should provide similar power to the .25-06. The .243 shoots flat, great velocity and puts a hurting on the sow with a 95 or 100 grain bullet even with body shots at long range.

    #1 son likes to use a .308 but has also been known to use his .338 Lampua just because he can.
     
  6. Mar 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM
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    I'm a bit picky on what I shoot anymore. I like my hogs 130lbs and under. I usually use my 30-30 as it's super light and easy to swing. Right behind the ear = drt. I don't mess with the big ones anymore unless I have a buddy or my gamecart with me.

    I've used my .308 on hog before. It went through the chest cavity and smashed the bone on the far leg. That hog went 160lbs at the scale at Dinner Island. Granted, that hog just plain dropped, but to me it was a bit much. I can't even imagine what the .338 would do. Then again, if your shooting hogs that are 200lbs + , it's probably the way to go.

    I'll stick to my small "eaters". Bust them in the head, toss it over my shoulder and walk back to the truck. :)
     
  7. Mar 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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    He uses the .338 on the pigs from the parked truck just because he has it and doesn't shoot it much in competition any more. With what it weighs he's not going to be carrying it very far.

    He had a custom 6mm benchrest rifle built for his long-range matches. He took 8th this last Saturday with 3 hits out of 15 shots at 1,000 yards with all that wind we had. The winner only hit 8 out of 15 using the same model rifle. Son told me he'd hit the 6" target and adjust his sights and be two feet to the right the next shot.
     
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