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I currently live in Paragould arkansaw (way up in the NE corner) what is the closest place I would have a chance to take a rooter? I have a Marlin .35 Rem. and a Ruger Redhawk in .44 Mag. I have a mold for the Lee 310 gr. flatnose gas check bullet, and I load it to about 1400 fps. It should be a fine hog load.
 

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Howdy Chuck,


I live in Central Ar. now, but I lived in SE Ar all my life until last year. The best place I know of to hog hunt in this state is Fesenthal (not sure of the spelling) wildlife refuge. It's located way down south in Bradley and Ashley Counties. I know guys that come from all over to hunt there. The only thing is it's a federal refuge so you can only use steelshot in shotguns or rimfire rifles or bows. The only modern gun and blackpowder hunts are draw type hunts and are hard to get. The guys that I camp and hunt with every year use .22mag rifles to hog hunt. I know thats not much rifle for a big hog, but we drag 'em out every year. Last time I checked there was a website for the refuge, check it out.


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I'd be curious to know what shot placement works with the 22mags?
What the physical reaction of the boar is to the shot.
What ammo works for this type of hunting?
Why in the world did I just by a 454 to shoot big boars? :-D :) :-D
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The only and I mean only place to shoot a larger size hog with a .22 rimfire is the little hollow spot, kinda below the ear. I know it sounds crazy to hunt them with a .22, but thats the only way to do it, steel shot in a shotgun just doesnt cut it, I have shot a few with my bow, but they are few and far between becasue of the distance you must go to set up a stand. ATV's can only be used on marked trails and the hogs will be in one area one week and another part of the refuge another, they kinda roam with the food sources and hunting pressure.

As far as ammo, I use solid CCI maxi-mags. If I make the shot I should the hog will drop, and do the kickin chickin. If you dont or the angle is wrong you'll have to chase them. I'll only pull the trigger if the shot is good. So far I haven't lost one. Most of my buddies use either a semi-auto .22 mag such as the Ruger or Marlin, at least one uses a lever action. I bought a Ruger 77/22mag in target gray that I'm going to try this year, with the new pmc predator ammo. It's a semi-jacketed softpoint, pretty neat lookin.

Unless we are just looking for a trophy to hang on the wall, the smaller pigs are much easier to handle(100lbs or so) since you have to drag it out by hand, those big dudes are hard to get to camp or at least back to the trail were the ATV is....lol

Small pigs can be shot thru the heart/lung area if need be, the .22mag has enough juice to get thru the plate to the vitals....

Something that we see down here alot, mostly on the big bruisers, is the gristle plate behind the shoulder will have shotgun pellets, .22bullets and sometimes a broadhead in it. Thats why I feel the brain shot is the only one to take on a big boy.

Again, I may take heat from hunting such an animal with a .22mag, but its the only game in town for this area. And opening day there will be a couple hundred guys just like me doing the same thing.


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Steve357 said:
Howdy Chuck,
Steve, thanks for the reply. A friend of mine says the same thing, he bought a .22 mag. just to go to Felsenthal.

I live in Central Ar. now, but I lived in SE Ar all my life until last year. The best place I know of to hog hunt in this state is Fesenthal (not sure of the spelling) wildlife refuge. It's located way down south in Bradley and Ashley Counties. I know guys that come from all over to hunt there. The only thing is it's a federal refuge so you can only use steelshot in shotguns or rimfire rifles or bows. The only modern gun and blackpowder hunts are draw type hunts and are hard to get. The guys that I camp and hunt with every year use .22mag rifles to hog hunt. I know thats not much rifle for a big hog, but we drag 'em out every year. Last time I checked there was a website for the refuge, check it out.


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