I think ben it the nail on the head. In my experience, the Cast Core is an awesome bullet. Accuracy? Well, at least in the .44 Mag it shot the tightest groups out of 5 different factory loads. The Cast Core does not expand too much, if at all. But if you have a hog coming in at close quarters, you want to make sure that it will penetrate, and the Cast Core will!
Thanks guys for the input... for me, choosing a rifle bullet is easy, but I have not done much hunting with a handgun... HOWEVER, I need to re-emphasize that I am only intending this as a "still laying there twitching" gun... a shot behind the ear or something of that sort. My rifle this trip is my Marlin 1895 .45-70 loaded with the fairly new Barnes .45-70 XFN 300 grain bullet. Whether I carry my .357, my .41 magnum, or no sidearm at all is really not all that important to me... Actually, in all the years I have hunted boar, I have never carried a side arm before, but think I should start doing so...
Dave, if you and GB sit on stand when you are at Clarkrange, then taking the pistol is no big deal, however if you guys decide to do some dog hunting while you are there, that pistol is gonna weigh a ton hanging on your side before you're through[been there/done that when I was younger at Clarkrange]. If you need a second shot, just plug him with your .45-70. Personally, I wouldn't carry a handgun, there, unless it was my primary weapon for hunting. Just MHO.
Yeah, I know what you are saying. If I do not hunt behind dogs, this will be the very first time for me... The sidearm is more of a "want to" sort of thing than anything else... Really no big deal to me as long as the guide is armed... :shock:
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