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300 lb Behemoth Boar, 1 Sow, and 4 more Boars

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  1. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Active Member

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    I went down for weekly out of season hog/coyote hunting on a property in Bosque County, Texas. The property is 1200 acres, but most of the action happens inside of 60-65 acres that are cultivated, right now of which half is in oats and the other half is a newly sprouted hay field. So when nothing came to my caller at another part of the property, I headed down to the oats field to see what was going on.



    So as it turned out, hunting them alive was much easier than hunting them after they were dead. When they would die, they would fall down below the level of the oats and no longer be visible on thermal. The oats were so tall that thermal was useless until I walked right up on them and that meant my headlamp was more useful for the search than was thermal.

    I found only 3 in 2 hours of searching. With the help of the buzzards, the landowner found 3 more while collecting the carcasses with his tractor. So 6 made for a good day!
     


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  2. vmax

    vmax TGT Addict

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    good kills
     
  3. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Just the facts Ma'am. TGT Supporter

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    Wow - that place is covered up with piggies. Good shooting. I saw where you were using the 90g Speers. I haven't paid that close of attention to your bullet choice the last few videos, but I know you were using the 123g SST's. Any reason for the change?
     
  4. Double Naught Spy

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    I enjoy testing ammo to see what works. I tried, briefly, Federal's loaded Berger OTM rounds and Hornady's ELD-M rounds for hogs and was not impressed with the performance on either that I thought was inconsistent. Ammo that does better, gets tested longer.

    Hornady SST 123 gr. factory ammo is sort of the standard by which I compare other Grendel hunting ammo when it comes to killing hogs. It isn't the best choice if you are a meat hunter, but if you want to kill in this caliber, it is the best for the money. I think Berger VLD-hunting is even more destructive, but is twice as expensive. Both these and the Speers are going to leave lead particles throughout and around the wound channel, but they kill well. The Speer is going to be a lot more distance limited as it is a lighter bullet with a lower BC than the SST, but it should work well inside 200 yards which is well inside the distances most folks are hunting hogs. So far the TNT has been working well for me. The bullet fragments, makes large wound channels (on the ones I have cut open) and often overpenetrates hogs up to 150 lbs, sometimes larger.

    What I really like about the TNT so far is that the performance in hogs has been fairly consistent. Accuracy is good. Velocity is high (as you would expect) at short ranges. It won't replace SST for me, but it is a good substitute if needed.
     
  5. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Just the facts Ma'am. TGT Supporter

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    Thanks - just curious if I get the chance to use my Grendel on some hogs. I remember some of those post mortem pics you had using the Berger VLD's. Most impressive.
     
  6. BRD@66

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    Ha! A small sow - a mere 120#. :o
     
  7. Double Naught Spy

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    She was the only eater of the bunch!!!
     
  8. 40Arpent

    40Arpent TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    Another excellent video. Curious to know how you think the 123gr SST would have done compared to the 90gr Speer on that double?
     
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  9. Double Naught Spy

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    Well, I think the SST would have done better, particularly since I apparently just went through 6-8" of muscle across the back of the neck. The SST still should have had another 6-8" of penetration capability.

    I have had 4 twofers, all with Hornady SST 123 gr. The latest one was at something like 200 yards and the round passed through my target and my target hog which ran, but left a hog behind that was head shot. It was an unintentional twofer. My target collapsed after running about 140 yards. The SST went through the target hog diagonally, at least breaking some ribs in the process and was still together enough and had enough energy to kill the hog behind it. I don't think TNTs are nearly as capable for this.

     
  10. flashhole

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    Very nice, thanks for sharing. What do you do with the hogs? A comment was made only one sow was fit to eat. I'm just curious as I am in the process of moving to TX and hope to do some hog hunting myself.
     


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