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2. Underwood 458 SOCOM Extreme Penetrator
458 SOCOM is a somewhat controversial cartridge within the firearms community due to a number of factors. Many argue that the cartridge is obsolete and doesn’t do anything that other cartridges don’t do better or more economically but as a hand loader I absolutely love it for the wide variety of projectiles that can be found and loaded in various ways for specific tasks. The Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator bullet features progressive nose geometry, which allows for deep, straight penetration while creating a permanent wound cavity diameter exceeding that of most expanding bullets. To top it off, the bullet is solid copper and is able to overcome barriers to penetration; environmentally friendly, target unfriendly, very unfriendly, downright obnoxiously unfriendly. In simple terms, this offering is extremely effective at not only smashing through Hog’s shoulders but also creating deadly wound cavities.
Pros/Devastating when a round connects almost ensuring an instant knockdown
Cons/Builds and ammunition are absurdly expensive and range is limited
Bottom Line/A hand loaders wet dream and plus the name just sounds cool – this cartridge might also be overkill.
3. Hornady American Whitetail Centerfire Rifle Ammo – .270 Winchester – 140 Grain
270 is another popular choice for Hogs due to the extended range it offers you on packs of wild hogs that are often startled and scared off by a single shot. Hornady 270 Winchester American Whitetail uses a lead point and tapered jacket to consistently initiate and control expansion; and, a cannelure groove provides for a secure crimp for consistent velocities. American Whitetail Rifle Ammo gives you high-performance hunting ammunition at a great price point.
Pros/Affordable and offers extended range over 5.56 or .223 offerings
Cons/Might be overkill if you plan on using the meat for human consumption
Bottom Line/A crowd pleaser – good for groups of hogs due to its price.
4. SIG SAUER Elite Copper Hunting .308 Winchester, HT, 150 Grain
SIG SAUER® Elite Copper Hunting Ammo features the solid-copper HTTM projectile, designed for penetration and predictable 1.8X expansion while remaining in one piece. And with slick nickel-plated brass cases and nose geometry optimized for feeding in AR-style rifles, SIG SAUER® Elite Copper Hunting Ammo is as reliable as it is effective. Made in the USA, 100% lead-free. Editor’s note: Extremely accurate, some of the best groups I’ve ever shot has been with Sig ammo.
Pros/Good for AR-10 Hunters for high volume shooting
Bottom Line/A good middle of the road option chambered in a popular caliber
Where is the best place to hunt hogs in the US?
Southern states tend to have the best hog hunting opportunities with states like Texas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennesse (my home state) having the best opportunities. Wild hogs are often attracted to mild climates with plenty of free food laying around (i.e. farms) so they tend to congregate, breed, and live there. Many land owners are more than happy to have other people hunt hogs on their property as the little piggies can be absolutely devastating to crop farming.
Is it safe to eat wild hogs?
Wild hogs, elk, bison, caribou, moose, and deer can all potentially carry the bacteria, which can cause fever, chills, weight loss, and joint and muscle pain. The good news is that taking proper precautions when field dressing, butchering, and cooking, wild hog is safe to eat for humans. Even as such, you should take every precaution when you can to make sure you’re cooking it in such a way that any preparation, cooking, or eating process won’t wind up with you being worse for the wear.
Is hunting hogs actually beneficial or just an excuse for hunters to fulfill their bloodlust?
Wild hogs are among the most destructive invasive species in the United States today. Two million to six million of the animals are wreaking havoc in at least 39 states and four Canadian provinces; half are in Texas, where they do some $400 million in damages annually. They tear up recreational areas, occasionally even terrorizing tourists in state and national parks, and squeeze out other wildlife.
Wild hogs have also been known to attack and even kill human beings and domesticated animals if they feel threatened and this risk only goes up during hunting season. Luckily, hogs are more or less blind and have a hard time realizing when an opportunistic and crafty hunter is sneaking upon them with a 30-round mag full of lead.
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