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#204786 - 01/02/20 03:46 PM New Years morning
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I normally vacate the city on New Year?s Eve, no desire to deal with the poor decisions of others. This year was no different, so down to S. Texas we went. Walking out to my stand in the predawn light I spotted a large black figure snout down gobbling up corn. The light was too bad for me to use my Win 71, so out of the pack came my 357max. I ranged him at 133yds, then slowly walked in another 20 or so, until I ran out of what little cover there was. Slipped into a prone position and used my binoculars as a rest. I held midway up his torso and the gun went off with the sights where I wanted them. At the shot, his butt dropped and he slumped down with his forelegs holding him for a split second then he collapsed. I figured I had caught his spine, and that was fine with me, as I didn?t have to go look for him in the thorns. The bullet angled forward from behind the ribs, broke 4 of them and then came to rest in the spine, total of about 15-18? of penetration. The shield on the pig was about an inch to slightly thicker where the bullet entered and considering the distance, impact velocity and damage I?m pleased with the terminal performance. I guessed his weight at 280-300 pounds which is about as big as they get on this ranch. He had nice teeth and looked like he had had a run in with some dogs as his right ear was shredded and would not rest in its normal erect position. Pics are on the bragging board. [img]http://http://www.handgunhunt.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=10842&limit=recent[/img]


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#204787 - 01/02/20 04:17 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: Bigbrowndog]
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#204788 - 01/02/20 04:54 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: Gregg Richter]
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Very nice hog and hogg legg! Congrats!
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#204789 - 01/02/20 05:16 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: KRal]
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Nice hog and the max is a good cartridge.

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#204790 - 01/02/20 05:36 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: popo]
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That's gettin' 'er done! Congratulations!
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#204791 - 01/02/20 06:07 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: Russell]
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congrats. great pig!
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#204792 - 01/02/20 06:09 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: Russell]
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Good shooting and better hog. Well done!
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#204793 - 01/02/20 06:28 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: junebug]
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That?s awesome Trapr. Congrats!
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#204794 - 01/02/20 06:48 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: Randy M]
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Well done - Congrats on fine shooting and a big hog!!

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#204796 - 01/02/20 07:13 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: Mark Hampton]
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Grats!
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#204800 - 01/02/20 08:28 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: PsTaN]
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TRAPR: YOU GOT NEW YEARS FIGURED OUT, WTG.
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#204801 - 01/02/20 08:57 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: Gregg Richter]
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Nice shooting! Congrats.

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#204803 - 01/02/20 09:15 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: RBO21]
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Thanks everybody,...I had actually been looking for a big pig to run that 180xtp into so I could see how well it would do on bigger tougher game, and see if it could be used on stuff the size of elk. I think I'll stick with medium game under 400 pounds, it?s been a really good bullet for deer, antelope and smaller pigs.

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#204805 - 01/02/20 10:06 PM Re: New Years morning [Re: Bigbrowndog]
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I like it,,, WTG, good shooting.

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#204810 - 01/03/20 03:32 AM Re: New Years morning [Re: cherokeetracker]
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Congrats.
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#204811 - 01/03/20 08:27 AM Re: New Years morning [Re: PsTaN]
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Wow! Nice shooting.
That sure did the job.

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#204816 - 01/03/20 10:27 AM Re: New Years morning [Re: Bigbrowndog]
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I asked about bullet performance on the Bragging Board before I saw your post here. Sounds like the XTP did a great job.

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#204818 - 01/03/20 11:12 AM Re: New Years morning [Re: Seminole Wind]
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That's a great boar! In reality, they just don't get much bigger than that in the wild....

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#204819 - 01/03/20 11:17 AM Re: New Years morning [Re: Seminole Wind]
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Seminole, I wouldn?t hesitate to take another big pig with that bullet, but I?d want to make sure it wasn?t a raking shot like l took.
I?m considering Sierra 180gr. Tournament masters, and try and get the them to zero the same. Since they have an exposed lead nose, I?m curious if they?ll behave similar to a cast bullet. I?ve had good results with the .44 220gr. version from a levergun, but it?s going another 400fps faster.

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