After finding out the best areas where a hog should be shot in order to take him down, we are going to talk about what bullets should you pick for accomplishing that. You will definitely need one that is tough enough so that it will be able to penetrate, with a large enough diameter for delivering plenty of knockdown power. Most of hog hunters prefer using heavy bullets, but not necessarily the heaviest one for a specific cartridge. To give you an example, in a.30-06, 180-grain bullets should do the job very well. For a.270 Winchester, a 150-grain bullet will be suitable for this particular type of hunting.
If you have a .45-70, some recommend using a 300-grain jacketed bullet, while for a 44 mag., a 240-grain jacketed bullet would have to be the best all-around hunting slug. However, for hunting big boars, you would have to choose something a little bit bigger in order to have enough power for taking them down.
You should think of a hog as being a tougher and more dangerous variant of the deer. However, taking into consideration that they bodies are differently constructed, you will need a different approach. The gristle and fat that exists on the outside of some of the most domesticated wild boar out there can cause serious issues.
There have been many stories about soft bullets that flatted against the rough shield of fat and gristle that lies on the outside shoulders of mature hogs. Many consider this to be very possible so give that some thought before picking out your ammo. This shield can also very well prevent a good blood trail, despite the fact that the bullet might penetrate well in the area.
Nevertheless, always remember that it is considerably better to use a little bit of the meat that is around the boar’s shoulders, rather than losing the entire animal, because you have decided to take a risky shot in order to save the meat of the hog. If you plan on hunting from an elevated stand, your best choice would have to be to place a shot right between the hog’s shoulders. Never forget where the animal’s vitals are – between the shoulders.
You will have to be careful with a behind the shoulder shot as the lungs and heart of a hog are not as far back as with a deer. In addition, you must be aware of the cape that the bigger boars have over their shoulders. It is in fact a large fatty patch that is very hard to penetrate. In some of the biggest boars out there, it can even be a couple of inches thick. You might as well want to pick up some deep penetrating bullets from Winchester or other similar models.
When you pursue a wounded wild boar to finish the kill, you will need to be very careful as they have the tendency to turn and charge their attackers. To protect yourself, it would be best to carry a knife.
As you can see, there are a lot to take into consideration as far as hunting a wild boar in an efficient way. Get a proper gun and ammo and aim between the shoulders if you can.