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will a 9mm pistol kill a feral hog?

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

There are some Youtube videos posted showing people using a 9mm pistol on feral pigs. Perhaps if the pig was in a trap/pen or held by dogs it would be ok. Otherwise, I don't recommend it. Pigs are tough critters.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Yes with a perfectly placed shot, but it would not be a round that I would use to shoot feral hogs with. There are alot better rounds available on the market to use the 9MM round. Examples: 357 Mag, 41 Mag., 44 Mag. if you have to use a handgun.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Yes with a perfectly placed shot, but it would not be a round that I would use to shoot feral hogs with. There are alot better rounds available on the market to use the 9MM round. Examples: 357 Mag, 41 Mag., 44 Mag. if you have to use a handgun.

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from country road wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Sure, it WILL kill a pig under the right circumstances, but it wouldn't be my choice.

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

After you hit it with something else, and then lift up its foreleg and put a hole into its heart. Of course a .22 will put one out if in a trap.

I've seen it take at least 6 shots with a 9mm to finish a 150lb hog. It gets pretty messy.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

If you consider that a feral hog can weigh upwards of 500 pounds, with armor plating on its forequarters, I think the most charitable description of the 9mm cartridge would be "inadequate."

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from 007 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

We routinely shoot our butchering hogs at point blank range with a .22 long rifle, but that doesn't make it acceptable under less than ideal conditions. No first hand experience with feral hogs but I have seen bear skulls that from what I understand are similar in shape that heavy bullets did not get a good grip on and simply skipped along under the hide. I'd keep the 9mm for CCW and go get a good .44 mag or .454 Casull.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

It will but I wouldn't recommend it on anything bigger than a shoate. Use enough gun!

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

How about .45ACP?

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Nopr would not truct .45ACP slow MV. 44 mag at least.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

nope would not trust.*

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

No. There's stories out there like; "I killed a charging elephant with a .22.", but those stories don't hold up to the light of day.

Even well documented cases have a long line of "ifs", making a very tiny set of circumstances under which anything can conceivably work.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I use a +P .45LC load for pigs and don't feel like it's too much gun.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

You might be able to kill a feral hog with these cartridges if it is sleeping and weighs under 40 pounds so you can hit it in the brain from less than 10 feet. However, feral boars often weigh over 300 pounds and attack like a lion. They accelerate faster than a lion in their attack and their tusks will cut two inches deep with each slash. They have a leather shield over their chest that will stop both of these bullets with zero penetration. The risk of getting killed is pretty high if you are hunting on the ground with these cartridges. A big boar hyped up on adrenalin will likely kill you after you empty your magazine in him. Some people will have a hard time maintaining accuracy when their legs and arms have been cut off. My recommendation would be to bring enough gun or hunt from a tree. FYI, I no longer hunt them with a .44 Mag. I saw the light! I've been attacked too many times.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I can't find a single listing for a human fatality in the USA from feral pig attack. Neither can I find where someone had their legs and arms cut off by a feral pig.

Granted, you can get sick and die from an untreated wound, from wrecking your car hitting a pig, or from eating poorly prepared pork.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

PigHunter

With all the modern innovations an innoculations for farm raised pork, "rare" pork is now the "in" thing.
For me?
If it ain't "WELL" done, don't be puttin' no undercooked pig on MY plate!!!

DakotaMan
Curiosity leads me to ask this question.
Just how many feral hog attacks have you suffered?

Bubba
Bubba

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from Cgull wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Sure a 9mm will kill a pig. If ya shoot it in both eyes, then shove in front of moving vehicle. Use a bigger gun when messing with these hard headed and tough tanks with chompers.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Oh yeah!
Just remembered PigHunter.
Had a "relatively" reliable source tell me there was one fatality due to a "feral" hog encounter on the "Matador WMA" near Paducah, Texas about 6 or 8 years ago. Like you, I was able to substantiate the story.
Seems a quail hunters dog "found" a small group of pigs and gave chase, the "pigs" chased back and the hunter was attempting to "rescue" his dog. According to companions, he dropped his shotgun and grabbed the young dog. The pig supposedly attacked the hunter, severing a femoral artery leading to blood loss and death.
Will a feral hog "attack" a human?
I have NO doubt! You corner a cripple or get between a sow and her litter, I figger you best "batten down the hatches" 'cause the weather's fixin' ta git tuff!!!
I've seen 'em hit the end of a trap hard enough to be concerned!!

Bubba

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from txtrapper wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I've shot one with my 9mm.. Stumbled on one and it was at verry close range and I emptied the clip on it.. one well placed shot would have done it but it was a little close for comfort and didnt want to give him a chance.(spooked up around 8-10 yards in front of me)He was hunkered down in a fallen tree. I prefer my 45 long colt as my sidearm while pig hunting personally but that day I was just walking in the woods and decided to to take my 9mm. I have never had to draw my sidearm on a pig until the day I left my Rem. 742 at the house.. I prefer my semi auto 30-06.. Good Luck!

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from sgaredneck wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Say no to the 9. Get something with some horsepower and moving mass. Like Pig Hunter, I have used hot 45LC+P handloads with my Contender, and wouldn't mind having more. I also have a Puma 92 carbine in 454 Casull that does a fine job the few times I have taken and connected using it. Haven't done it yet, but am looking forward to taking my 375 Ruger next time with the somewhat-tamed-from-stock handloads I have been tinkering with.

I hunted one time in Dodge Co. with one fellow who liked using a 17HMR. He made it work with an ear shot at some distance, but I'd want something that has the capability of crunching through with brute force if it's needed. A 17's fine for varmints, but I'm not of the "golden bb at high velocity" school of thought with hogs. No love here for p!$$an+ guns for hogs. I would rather someone give me grief with "dang that's overkill", than having to admit "I shoulda had more gun" after the fact.

Dakota,
I haven't heard of anyone in GA dying from a charging hog. I will readily admit they are, and can be dangerous though. Have seen them give catch dogs a very hard time before. I remember Granddaddy came home gashed up a little by one after a hunt, but the culprit was on the smoker the next day. I think Grandma being mad at him for getting cut and bruised up was more dangerous than the hog ever thought about being.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Dakota,

I've killed quite literally tons of feral hogs over the years, most of them crop raiders. I've killed several boars in and around the 500 pound mark. This includes one that was not thrilled about me having provided a little coietus interruptus for he and his girlfriend during a brief but intense encounter in a corn field.

I know many hog hunters and I've never heard of one losing a limb. I do know one fellow who nearly lost a finger to a trussed up hog that bit through the bone in his left bird finger during a careless handling moment. I know a number who have gotten cut up a bit and one who got cut badly enough to need about 75 stitches. He will admit that it was because he was young and stupid at the time.

I know of one fellow here in GA that got mauled pretty bad by a big old boar this past year. Seems he busted to old boy with his trusty giant killer .243 Winchester and when he went into the brush for his hero photo he got a big PO'ed surprise.

No doubt a hog can hurt you especially if you are careless. I watched exactly one episode of Hogs Gone Wild and nearly locked up laughing. Especially at that Gal with the expensive hog sticker. You can't believe everything you see on TV!

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Beekeeper, are you refering to the following? The hog in question was just under 200lbs.

Hog Attack!
This Jefferson County hog hunter lost 3 pints of blood after a boar repeatedly gored him with 4-inch tusks.
http://www.gon.com/article.php?id=2081

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Yep, Dat's de one. On first telling the hog was 300 plus. I did not see that rendition of the story. It appears he experienced some ground shrinkage after all the smoke had cleared.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

For those of you unfamiliar with feral hogs.

Farm raised pigs have their tushes or tusks removed soon after birth.
This is NOT true of ferals!
The lower tushes are know as "cutters".
The upper tushes are know as "whetters".
The uppers rub against the lowers, in essence, "sharpening" them, or "whetting" them.
This keeps the lower tushes, or "cutters" near razor sharpness.
When a hog attacks, he throws his head up, bringing the "cutters" into play. The strength, even in a small (20 to 30 pounds!) hog, in the head, neck and shoulders is absolutely amazing and the damage they can inflict on dogs or humans is mind boggling!!
Only once have I had an untrapped hog threaten me.
Fortunately, I was carrying a 20 ga Win M12 with a full choke barrel. I was able to get a downed tree between her and I, hoping, if she came, I could bust her at point blank range. Thank you, God. She decided to take her piglets elsewhere and I resumed my squirrel hunting.

Bubba

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

When is comes to something with Sharp teeth, big horns,or huge claws , there is no such thing as "Too Much Gun".... Harry Selby by way Of Robert Ruark.

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from 300winmag wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

A pellet rifle will kill it but I suggest a minimum of 357 magnum, or 45 ACP for handguns; and as for rifles a minimum of 223 Remington or 22/250 Remington. I recommend a 44 magnum and above for handgun and 30-30 winchester and above for rifle. 28 gauge minimum for shotgun slug.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Dakota,

I've killed quite literally tons of feral hogs over the years, most of them crop raiders. I've killed several boars in and around the 500 pound mark. This includes one that was not thrilled about me having provided a little coietus interruptus for he and his girlfriend during a brief but intense encounter in a corn field.

I know many hog hunters and I've never heard of one losing a limb. I do know one fellow who nearly lost a finger to a trussed up hog that bit through the bone in his left bird finger during a careless handling moment. I know a number who have gotten cut up a bit and one who got cut badly enough to need about 75 stitches. He will admit that it was because he was young and stupid at the time.

I know of one fellow here in GA that got mauled pretty bad by a big old boar this past year. Seems he busted to old boy with his trusty giant killer .243 Winchester and when he went into the brush for his hero photo he got a big PO'ed surprise.

No doubt a hog can hurt you especially if you are careless. I watched exactly one episode of Hogs Gone Wild and nearly locked up laughing. Especially at that Gal with the expensive hog sticker. You can't believe everything you see on TV!

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Oh yeah!
Just remembered PigHunter.
Had a "relatively" reliable source tell me there was one fatality due to a "feral" hog encounter on the "Matador WMA" near Paducah, Texas about 6 or 8 years ago. Like you, I was able to substantiate the story.
Seems a quail hunters dog "found" a small group of pigs and gave chase, the "pigs" chased back and the hunter was attempting to "rescue" his dog. According to companions, he dropped his shotgun and grabbed the young dog. The pig supposedly attacked the hunter, severing a femoral artery leading to blood loss and death.
Will a feral hog "attack" a human?
I have NO doubt! You corner a cripple or get between a sow and her litter, I figger you best "batten down the hatches" 'cause the weather's fixin' ta git tuff!!!
I've seen 'em hit the end of a trap hard enough to be concerned!!

Bubba

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Yes with a perfectly placed shot, but it would not be a round that I would use to shoot feral hogs with. There are alot better rounds available on the market to use the 9MM round. Examples: 357 Mag, 41 Mag., 44 Mag. if you have to use a handgun.

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

After you hit it with something else, and then lift up its foreleg and put a hole into its heart. Of course a .22 will put one out if in a trap.

I've seen it take at least 6 shots with a 9mm to finish a 150lb hog. It gets pretty messy.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

We routinely shoot our butchering hogs at point blank range with a .22 long rifle, but that doesn't make it acceptable under less than ideal conditions. No first hand experience with feral hogs but I have seen bear skulls that from what I understand are similar in shape that heavy bullets did not get a good grip on and simply skipped along under the hide. I'd keep the 9mm for CCW and go get a good .44 mag or .454 Casull.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I can't find a single listing for a human fatality in the USA from feral pig attack. Neither can I find where someone had their legs and arms cut off by a feral pig.

Granted, you can get sick and die from an untreated wound, from wrecking your car hitting a pig, or from eating poorly prepared pork.

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from txtrapper wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I've shot one with my 9mm.. Stumbled on one and it was at verry close range and I emptied the clip on it.. one well placed shot would have done it but it was a little close for comfort and didnt want to give him a chance.(spooked up around 8-10 yards in front of me)He was hunkered down in a fallen tree. I prefer my 45 long colt as my sidearm while pig hunting personally but that day I was just walking in the woods and decided to to take my 9mm. I have never had to draw my sidearm on a pig until the day I left my Rem. 742 at the house.. I prefer my semi auto 30-06.. Good Luck!

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from sgaredneck wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Say no to the 9. Get something with some horsepower and moving mass. Like Pig Hunter, I have used hot 45LC+P handloads with my Contender, and wouldn't mind having more. I also have a Puma 92 carbine in 454 Casull that does a fine job the few times I have taken and connected using it. Haven't done it yet, but am looking forward to taking my 375 Ruger next time with the somewhat-tamed-from-stock handloads I have been tinkering with.

I hunted one time in Dodge Co. with one fellow who liked using a 17HMR. He made it work with an ear shot at some distance, but I'd want something that has the capability of crunching through with brute force if it's needed. A 17's fine for varmints, but I'm not of the "golden bb at high velocity" school of thought with hogs. No love here for p!$$an+ guns for hogs. I would rather someone give me grief with "dang that's overkill", than having to admit "I shoulda had more gun" after the fact.

Dakota,
I haven't heard of anyone in GA dying from a charging hog. I will readily admit they are, and can be dangerous though. Have seen them give catch dogs a very hard time before. I remember Granddaddy came home gashed up a little by one after a hunt, but the culprit was on the smoker the next day. I think Grandma being mad at him for getting cut and bruised up was more dangerous than the hog ever thought about being.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

When is comes to something with Sharp teeth, big horns,or huge claws , there is no such thing as "Too Much Gun".... Harry Selby by way Of Robert Ruark.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

There are some Youtube videos posted showing people using a 9mm pistol on feral pigs. Perhaps if the pig was in a trap/pen or held by dogs it would be ok. Otherwise, I don't recommend it. Pigs are tough critters.

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from country road wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Sure, it WILL kill a pig under the right circumstances, but it wouldn't be my choice.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

If you consider that a feral hog can weigh upwards of 500 pounds, with armor plating on its forequarters, I think the most charitable description of the 9mm cartridge would be "inadequate."

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

It will but I wouldn't recommend it on anything bigger than a shoate. Use enough gun!

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I use a +P .45LC load for pigs and don't feel like it's too much gun.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

PigHunter

With all the modern innovations an innoculations for farm raised pork, "rare" pork is now the "in" thing.
For me?
If it ain't "WELL" done, don't be puttin' no undercooked pig on MY plate!!!

DakotaMan
Curiosity leads me to ask this question.
Just how many feral hog attacks have you suffered?

Bubba
Bubba

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from Cgull wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Sure a 9mm will kill a pig. If ya shoot it in both eyes, then shove in front of moving vehicle. Use a bigger gun when messing with these hard headed and tough tanks with chompers.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

For those of you unfamiliar with feral hogs.

Farm raised pigs have their tushes or tusks removed soon after birth.
This is NOT true of ferals!
The lower tushes are know as "cutters".
The upper tushes are know as "whetters".
The uppers rub against the lowers, in essence, "sharpening" them, or "whetting" them.
This keeps the lower tushes, or "cutters" near razor sharpness.
When a hog attacks, he throws his head up, bringing the "cutters" into play. The strength, even in a small (20 to 30 pounds!) hog, in the head, neck and shoulders is absolutely amazing and the damage they can inflict on dogs or humans is mind boggling!!
Only once have I had an untrapped hog threaten me.
Fortunately, I was carrying a 20 ga Win M12 with a full choke barrel. I was able to get a downed tree between her and I, hoping, if she came, I could bust her at point blank range. Thank you, God. She decided to take her piglets elsewhere and I resumed my squirrel hunting.

Bubba

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Yes with a perfectly placed shot, but it would not be a round that I would use to shoot feral hogs with. There are alot better rounds available on the market to use the 9MM round. Examples: 357 Mag, 41 Mag., 44 Mag. if you have to use a handgun.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Nopr would not truct .45ACP slow MV. 44 mag at least.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

No. There's stories out there like; "I killed a charging elephant with a .22.", but those stories don't hold up to the light of day.

Even well documented cases have a long line of "ifs", making a very tiny set of circumstances under which anything can conceivably work.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Beekeeper, are you refering to the following? The hog in question was just under 200lbs.

Hog Attack!
This Jefferson County hog hunter lost 3 pints of blood after a boar repeatedly gored him with 4-inch tusks.
http://www.gon.com/article.php?id=2081

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Yep, Dat's de one. On first telling the hog was 300 plus. I did not see that rendition of the story. It appears he experienced some ground shrinkage after all the smoke had cleared.

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

How about .45ACP?

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

nope would not trust.*

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

You might be able to kill a feral hog with these cartridges if it is sleeping and weighs under 40 pounds so you can hit it in the brain from less than 10 feet. However, feral boars often weigh over 300 pounds and attack like a lion. They accelerate faster than a lion in their attack and their tusks will cut two inches deep with each slash. They have a leather shield over their chest that will stop both of these bullets with zero penetration. The risk of getting killed is pretty high if you are hunting on the ground with these cartridges. A big boar hyped up on adrenalin will likely kill you after you empty your magazine in him. Some people will have a hard time maintaining accuracy when their legs and arms have been cut off. My recommendation would be to bring enough gun or hunt from a tree. FYI, I no longer hunt them with a .44 Mag. I saw the light! I've been attacked too many times.

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from 300winmag wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

A pellet rifle will kill it but I suggest a minimum of 357 magnum, or 45 ACP for handguns; and as for rifles a minimum of 223 Remington or 22/250 Remington. I recommend a 44 magnum and above for handgun and 30-30 winchester and above for rifle. 28 gauge minimum for shotgun slug.

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