Wild Hog Hunting with Firearms

Bring your new AR, or grandpa’s classic pistol on your wild hog hunt. Firearms are a sure-fire way for a good clean kill.

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Rifle

Wild hog hunting with a rifle is the best choice for a clean shot. For hunters of smaller stature, a .223 rifle packs enough punch to take down a hog with little recoil. ARs are permitted but can be dangerous for our dogs if you use ball ammo, and may result in less edible meat due to the fragmenting nature of the bullet.

To Scope or Not to Scope
Scoped rifles and shotguns help with shooting accuracy. A more accurate shot means a faster and cleaner kill, and less risk of your hog getting injured and running off, or even worse—charging at you.

Average Shot Distance
50-75 yards

Popular Calibers
.243, .30-06, .44

Shotgun

Wild hog hunting with a shotgun requires careful aim. The experience differs based on ammo types. We recommend deer slugs for experienced hunters looking to harvest the most edible meat. Buckshot is helpful for beginners who will rely on the spray of the ammo to take down the wild hog.

Average Shot Distance
50-75 yards

Popular Calibers
.12, .20

Handgun

Wild hog hunting with a handgun is a challenge. A steady hand and aim aren’t as easy as one would think when you’re trying to hit a fast-moving wild hog that can turn and charge at you. A .41 mag/10 mm is the minimum effective caliber. As in all shooting situations, shot placement is critical. You must be daring and willing to get close to the dangerous hog.

Average Shot Distance
15-30 yards

Popular Calibers
.44, .45

Muzzleloader

Wild hog hunting with a muzzleloading gun is a unique way to hunt since you can only load one shot into your weapon at a time. Clean shots require steady aim—which is difficult when a hunter is in sight of a charging wild boar and battling dogs! .58 to .62 caliber round ball guns are your best option for penetrating the hogs thick, armor-like skin. Smaller caliber muzzleloaders—especially muzzleloading pistols—are not strong enough to kill a wild hog.

Average Shot Distance
15-30 yards

Popular Calibers
.44, .54

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