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Where's the best place to shoot a hog with a .22lr? Just wondering, if I'm out in the woods and stumble upon one.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

If you are very confident in your ability and the hog is in the right position close to you a bullet right behind the ear would do it.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Right under the ear and into the brain is the only place. If it is head on boar, do not shoot it in the chest. A .22 will not have a chance of penetrating.

If you are hunting where they may be boars over 300 pounds, I suggest being very careful. They are very dangersous. They can charge and you won't be able to stop them with a .22. If you do get charged, step quickly behind a tree as they approach. They can't change directions well at all and it will give you a chance to get up a tree, to a safe location or at least a shot other than a full frontal shot.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

A good .22LR round, properly applied, will handle a hog.
My suggestion would be like DSM said, behind the ear or a head on brain shot. Other than that, I believe I'd pass.
Ferals up to about 50 (+/-) pounds can be taken with a .22 just like a deer as the chest "plate" isn't that well developed.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I agree with the above posts, but I would never shoot a hog with a .22LR if I were out in the woods and just stumbled upon one. That would be just looking for trouble. I say "leave sleeping dogs lie."

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Agreed with 99explorer.

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from squirrelgirl wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I think throwing the gun at it and climbing a tree would be my choice. I wouldn't try such a shot on a deer let alone a charging boar. Even with a kill shot it wouldn't surprise me one bit to see a boar keep charging with a bullet wound.

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

If you feel compelled to shoot it with a .22LR, right behind the ear should do it. Honestly, I would not try it with a .22.

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from woolf1987 wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

the only way your going to kill it is a brain shot. but bear spray works amazing for self protection.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Cheaper Than Dirt in McKinney Tx carried 60 grain 22 Long Rifle subsonic. I wouldn't use one on a Hog but I should of bought a box or two to play with just to see what it would do?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Only if you think you can outrun a mad hog!

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from Michael Plets wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

I think that a .22lr would be PERFECT for the job! You really shouldn't have a problem taking it down from 40 yds or less. As many would say, shoot it behind the ear or right on it. It would be an instant death if properly placed. However, if I were to shoot one, I would reccommend a .22wmr, just to be safe.

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from goneal wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

I have killed several hogs with a .22 LR ranging anywhere from 70 pounds up to 250 pounds. The only place I would dare shoot one with a .22 is behind the ear. If it was a head on shot I would pass until I got a shot at the ear, I've seen a couple take off like a rocket and mad as hornet after being shot in the head with a head on shot. But I guarantee you and would bet anything you want to bet that a well placed shot behind the ear and it will hit the ground like a ton of led, I've never had one take another step after the shot.

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from goneal wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

I have killed several hogs with a .22LR and the only place I would dare to shoot one with that cal. gun would be right behind the ear. I have killed them ranging from 70 to 275 lbs. with a .22LR. The size don't really matter with a behind the ear shot because they're no fat or plate or protection of any kind there. They will drop in there tracks and never take another step. They might kick for a few seconds or quiver a little maybe a squeal but that's all she wrote for the porker.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

If you are very confident in your ability and the hog is in the right position close to you a bullet right behind the ear would do it.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Right under the ear and into the brain is the only place. If it is head on boar, do not shoot it in the chest. A .22 will not have a chance of penetrating.

If you are hunting where they may be boars over 300 pounds, I suggest being very careful. They are very dangersous. They can charge and you won't be able to stop them with a .22. If you do get charged, step quickly behind a tree as they approach. They can't change directions well at all and it will give you a chance to get up a tree, to a safe location or at least a shot other than a full frontal shot.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

A good .22LR round, properly applied, will handle a hog.
My suggestion would be like DSM said, behind the ear or a head on brain shot. Other than that, I believe I'd pass.
Ferals up to about 50 (+/-) pounds can be taken with a .22 just like a deer as the chest "plate" isn't that well developed.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I agree with the above posts, but I would never shoot a hog with a .22LR if I were out in the woods and just stumbled upon one. That would be just looking for trouble. I say "leave sleeping dogs lie."

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Agreed with 99explorer.

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

If you feel compelled to shoot it with a .22LR, right behind the ear should do it. Honestly, I would not try it with a .22.

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from woolf1987 wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

the only way your going to kill it is a brain shot. but bear spray works amazing for self protection.

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from squirrelgirl wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I think throwing the gun at it and climbing a tree would be my choice. I wouldn't try such a shot on a deer let alone a charging boar. Even with a kill shot it wouldn't surprise me one bit to see a boar keep charging with a bullet wound.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Cheaper Than Dirt in McKinney Tx carried 60 grain 22 Long Rifle subsonic. I wouldn't use one on a Hog but I should of bought a box or two to play with just to see what it would do?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Only if you think you can outrun a mad hog!

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from Michael Plets wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

I think that a .22lr would be PERFECT for the job! You really shouldn't have a problem taking it down from 40 yds or less. As many would say, shoot it behind the ear or right on it. It would be an instant death if properly placed. However, if I were to shoot one, I would reccommend a .22wmr, just to be safe.

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from goneal wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

I have killed several hogs with a .22 LR ranging anywhere from 70 pounds up to 250 pounds. The only place I would dare shoot one with a .22 is behind the ear. If it was a head on shot I would pass until I got a shot at the ear, I've seen a couple take off like a rocket and mad as hornet after being shot in the head with a head on shot. But I guarantee you and would bet anything you want to bet that a well placed shot behind the ear and it will hit the ground like a ton of led, I've never had one take another step after the shot.

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from goneal wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

I have killed several hogs with a .22LR and the only place I would dare to shoot one with that cal. gun would be right behind the ear. I have killed them ranging from 70 to 275 lbs. with a .22LR. The size don't really matter with a behind the ear shot because they're no fat or plate or protection of any kind there. They will drop in there tracks and never take another step. They might kick for a few seconds or quiver a little maybe a squeal but that's all she wrote for the porker.

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