You betcha. I find the .44 Magnum works well on them. I prefer a heavy hard cast personally as I've been a bit disappointed with even the 300 grain JHPs. Use a 280-325 grain hard cast with wide meplat and the job is done if you do your part.
Like GB I like the 300 gr bullets in .44mag but have had success with a Speer 300gr plated soft point. Not much expansion, but good penetration.
On smaller hogs 100# or less, I found the Winchester 240gr soft point or their 240 gr hollow soft point works well.
I like the big guns, like the .454 Casull and .480 Ruger, but the .44 Mag will obviously work. Federal makes 300 grain cast core bullets available in the .44 Mag. I have seen other hunters use this load and it penetrated well. Plus, these particular Federal loads appear to generally be one of the most accurate bullets out there.
Where you hail from there Bigbore44? This particular one was properly kilt up in Maine, Scott Beedee's place. Was two of em like this. My buddy Geno shot the other one in the head....4 times......from 10 yards......with a FA 454 Casull! This un was droped where it stood with a FA 475 Linebaugh. Superior killin at its finest :wink:
I live in the state south of you. How was that hunt at Hillside? How challenging was it? I don't want to get you angry but I have hunted in Pennsylvania once and it wasn't much of a hunt.
I hunted the Monadanock area once before. Next year I would like to do NH for the muzzleloader. I like that idea of having the season before the regular gun. Also, I can use a big bore SS pistol as well.
Canned hunts can go one of two ways, test of human endurance, or,a gimee. On average, they land someplace in between.
You have to remember that Russians are by nature nocturnal. If nobody is pushing them they'll bed down during the day and not do much moving around. Now if yopu're in thick, and I DO mean thick cedar swamps, well your chances of even seeing a rooter are next to nothing.
Up there in Maine Scott willplay out the morning. If the pigs aren't moving by noon he'll pull out the pups and stir em up. Now you're after a different animal. If and when you see them, they'll be **** bent for leather. Range will be close, but you better be able to shoot fast and accurate on running game. You whack on of his hounds by mistake you owe him better than $2000 dependin on which one it is.
I hunted PA, where I took my first pair. One minute there was 50 pigs all around me, an by the time I figured out which ones were the biggest, they all took off. After that it was spot and stalk. On crunching snow, it was a horror show. Did get em though, nice hogs.
That place, can't remember the name of it now, was a mixed bag. They had swamps, opens, glades and meadows. Pigs could be about anywhere.
Guy that run that outfit was telling us about a big particular bad one, a charger on sight. Said if we saw that one to decide quick an kill it. I never saw it, buddy of mine did, and he near s&%$ his shorts. He didn't kill it, nobody did. For all I know its still there.
Give Scott a try, he's got some real nice pigs and he's WAY less froggies than the guys in VT.
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