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#188206 - 01/02/18 07:51 PM Surprise Hog ...
PsTaN
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I had the afternoon so I decided to sit one of the fields I've been seeing a few deer in. The cold snap has temps in the 20's here in Alabama and I figured it would be a great evening.

I got to the camp around 1:45 and warmed the wheeler up, then loaded my gear planning to sit from 2 until dark. The road in takes me past the stand where I shot the Hog Wallow buck about a month ago.

Easing off, I mentally went through the list of things I needed with me. Encore, Trail Cam to set up before the hunt, and Backpack with my bags, plugs, binocs, etc.

All accounted for and ready.

Half way in I topped a rise that opens into a small field we plant as strictly supplemental food ... and there they were. Those hogs I've chased for 2 years!! Out came the Encore ... in went a round. Nested in my bag on the front rack I saw piglets rush by, then a BIG sow, then the second sow who was a little too slow. Crosshairs ... trigger ... boom. 50 yard shot.

25 yards into the plantation pine and there she was. A nice trail of blood led right to her. The 200XTP pushed at 1300FPS was plenty enough to create 2 holes and do some serious damage.

All in all a stellar day. I never did deer hunt, but I'll take getting this hog, first animal with the Encore, and gaining the knowledge my little super accurate 200XTP load will get the job done.


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#188207 - 01/02/18 08:03 PM Re: Surprise Hog ... [Re: PsTaN]
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Congrats! They are destructive beasts. What caliber is your Encore?
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#188208 - 01/02/18 08:30 PM Re: Surprise Hog ... [Re: JDK]
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Congratulations! Nice surprise.

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#188210 - 01/02/18 08:40 PM Re: Surprise Hog ... [Re: HHI6818]
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You're going to love the Encore

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#188213 - 01/02/18 08:47 PM Re: Surprise Hog ... [Re: Franchise]
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Nicely done!

What chambering?
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#188214 - 01/02/18 09:00 PM Re: Surprise Hog ... [Re: Zee]
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Chops for dinner, WTG!

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#188217 - 01/02/18 09:14 PM Re: Surprise Hog ... [Re: racksmasher1]
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Mmmm, bacon......
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#188218 - 01/02/18 09:14 PM Re: Surprise Hog ... [Re: racksmasher1]
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Congrats on a nice sow. Tell us about the Encore.

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#188222 - 01/02/18 09:46 PM Re: Surprise Hog ... [Re: ruger4570]
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Nice!
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#188224 - 01/02/18 10:10 PM Re: Surprise Hog ... [Re: ruger4570]
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The Encore was put together last April. I bought as a frame-only and had MGM build me a 13" Full Bull barrel in .44 Mag. Plan to add a 10" Full Bull .357 Mag this year.

The 200XTP load is mouse fart, but is just so one-ragged-hole accurate I never went on up the ladder. I do load a 215SWC at a shade more velocity that shoots to point-of-aim with the XTP's. Honestly, had I known these hogs would show, the hardcast is what I would have hit her with.

I load 240's for the Ruger ... have XTP and hardcast loads for it as well.



Edited by PsTaN (01/02/18 10:20 PM)
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