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Hunting hogs with buckshot

Discussion in 'Texas Hunting & Fishing' started by sobi1998, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. sobi1998

    sobi1998 Active Member

    Mar 18, 2016
    Have any of y’all ever hunted hogs with 12 gauge buckshot? I’ve never hunted with buckshot but I have a bunch of it sitting around. I did some target practice this past weekend on an old bucket lid from 15 yards with my mossberg with a 18.5” barrel. Out of two shots I got 12 pellets to hit. I had to aim low to get all 9 on there. Cylinder choke FYI
    The closest blind I have is 20 yards away
    I shot a boar that same trip with my .30-06 to the neck. Skinning it, I could see just how tough that shoulder is. Skin was 1/2” thick!!
    Anyway, in your opinion is 12 gauge 2 3/4” or 3” OO buck effective with said gun at said distance?
    (That’s the hog I shot, found on the camera from 5 days prior)

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  2. baboon

    baboon TGT Addict

    Not my video but i have done this after seeing the video. Benelli Super Black Eagle with an extended magazine tube was the gun I brought out for it.
  3. satx78247

    satx78247 TGT Addict

    Jun 23, 2014

    Inasmuch as I often hunted on military reservations where ONLY buckshot was allowed for hunting, I've taken many a feral hog with a 12-gauge Remington 870 or Ithaca Model 37 riot-gun & 000, 00 or #1 buck.

    Worked FINE. = When I was stationed an Army post in VA, all of the Range Control & PMO staff ate a LOT of "wee piggies" (to about 75# dressed out & sometimes BBQed at the Post Recreation Area), as the Post CDR gave my "hunting buddy" Sam S____________ (from Range Control) & I time off from the duty day to thin out the hogs, as the hogs were literally eating/tearing the woods up.
    (When the 2 of us couldn't "do the deed" as quickly as The Old Man desired, we "recruited" a few EM & some Post Firefighters, who were all "dedicated hunters", for a big drive.)

    Fwiw, in just that one day in NOV 1988, "the group" took 108 pigs/hogs.
    (It took "the group" & several "volunteer helpers" all that night to dress all the swine out, deliver the pork to the local people who needed it & clean-up that part of the maintenance area. We finished & were thoroughly exhausted & essentially collapsed into bed about 0900 the next day.)

    yours, satx
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  4. Hoji

    Hoji Bowling-Pin Commando

    May 28, 2008
    Mustang Ridge
    My Benellis ( M1-90 and M4) have taken them from the front seat of a Polaris at ranges in excess of 100 yards. Hornady ZombieMax / Critical Defense rounds ( advertised at 1600 FPS ) a LOT of lead/hold over at those ranges but it is doable.

    Just keep shooting until empty and reload while approaching the area where you shot at them.
  5. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

    Jul 11, 2009
    East Houston
    I ran with guys who fed their families with wild hogs. I helped butcher hogs and saw what was effective in dropping them.

    Buckshot is a bad idea unless you crave roaming around in the bush looking for wounded hogs. I know a few who went looking for a wounded hog, lost their light and spent the night in the bush. That's not my idea of fun!

    Those critters are built like tanks. Their hearts are located low in the belly and heart shots are difficult to make. The best plan is to put a single round right behind the ear. The animal will drop like a sack of rocks! Buckshot is too random but if that's all that is permitted, run with it.

    Slugs may work but I don't know anyone personally who uses them.

    Historically, 45-70 is the "go to" caliber for hogs. It's top dog if you're allowed to use it where you are.

    Last edited: Mar 14, 2019 at 11:37 AM
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  6. baboon

    baboon TGT Addict

    I know guys who just want them gone off their property. They don't have a problem leaving feral hogs scattered about for the yotes, bobcats & vultures.
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  7. pronstar

    pronstar TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Jul 2, 2017
    These guys use 00 Buck for their hunts:

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  8. EZ-E

    EZ-E Infidel Patriot

    May 4, 2017
    I would love to do a helicopter hunt if I had the $$$$
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  9. dee

    dee Well-Known

    Nov 22, 2008
    Red River Way
    We use 2.75" 00 and it works fine. Chase them in wheat fields with a Polaris. Scatter gun is a 1100 with an extended tube and a green viridian laser hose clamped on the mag tube. Works out to the 80-100yd range.

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