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"Ef it's sport ye want, get a single-shot rifle; ef it's destruction, get a Gatling-gun." Two Little Savages, Ernest Thompson Seton, third printing, April 1911, pg 375.
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I shot a 175# hog after dark with a single shot 223 from about 15 yards in the headlights of my PU truck. I had been driving the property perimeter to pick up another dead hog I shot earlier in the afternoon.

Two hogs stepped out in front of the truck on a narrow one way perimeter road and just stood there. I got out, loaded the rifle, used the front right fender of the PU truck for support, and dropped the larger of the two hogs in the headlights.

The 2nd hog CHARGED in my direction down the perimeter road and there was insufficient time to reload, so I switched ends and high tailed it to the rear bumper's expanded metal platform that was suspended there by the trailer hitch receiver. As I jumped up on that platform Mr. Hog climbed up on the side and tried to bite me. I was just a tad faster. From that position I could see Mr. Hog in the red taillights and struggled with cloth, adrenaline, and darkness searching my front shirt pocket for another round to load the single shot rifle.

Had it been my 270 Winchester Model 70 (rather than the 223 Bull Barrel Handi-rifle), I would have dropped both hogs in front of the truck. Finally, with loaded 223 and only red tail lights, I could not see where Mr Hog had gone - then see him 25 yards south standing broadside in the woods. I could not get the crosshairs on him as there was no light, so no shot. The one that got away almost got me to boot!

...and THAT's my single shot rifle story and I am sticking to it.
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Well LO you proved the wisdom of the quote from Mr. Seton's book! You chose the wrong implement.

Shooting at 15 yards in the headlights can hardly be classed as "sport". Rather, it would fall under the classification of destruction (which in the case of hogs is perfectly acceptable). So, you should have been carrying a Gatling gun and not a Handi rifle!!!
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That is a great quote!
I love hunting with the single-shots.

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Actually, the next paragraph (next page) includes Seton's objection to "light weight bullets," and "scatter guns for small game."
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What if there had been 6 charging hogs? Why not just jump down,pull out your pocket knife and finish the sucker off. Just a little ol pig.

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I've been hunting with a single shot since the early 80's, given any chance at all, even doubles aren't too hard,



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I'd turn the truck sideways in the road and shoot him out the window! With what ever I had then lined the second one up between the headlights and poured on the coals! The old Durango is on it's last leg anyway it might as well go out in style!
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Why not just jump down,pull out your pocket knife and finish the sucker off. Just a little ol pig.
You know they BITE and will CUT YOU in the instant you are trying to avoid being bitten - but I don't know that from personal experience. Perhaps with a catch dog but not one-on-one, mano a mano, head-to-head, or facing off. I have been that route with five (5) 60 pound pigs, getting them out of a chain link trap alive one at a time, when they wanted to be left alone and to get away.

They will BEAT YOU TO DEATH with their leg and body strength. That I know for a bonafide FACT - and these were only 60 pounds each. I would NOT begin to wrestle with a 130#'er. Mark pulled the "little ones" out one at a time with a noose while I grabbed its back legs and held on tight! Then he danced around trying to grab the mouths so he could tape it shut before we taped their legs and tossed them into the PU for transport to another pen for fattening and deworming. I did three of them this way and let the other two go. I was WHIPPED and wondered how a REAL FARMER would have gotten that done. City boys attempting Country work. Sheesh...joke was on me!

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