back up weapon

Discussion in 'Predators, Varmints, and Hogs' started by carbonelement, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. I got myself a 45 caliber pistol to have as a back up weapon while hog hunting with the bow. Is this enough to take down a hog if he is charging? Honestly I want to take it with a bow but if things take a turn for the worst will it be enough to help out? :shrug:
     
  2. alexanderg23

    alexanderg23 Well-Known Member

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    it would do it, but I'd rec. a Glock 20 in 10mm. But 45 is totally fine
     

  3. NaturalStateNative

    NaturalStateNative Well-Known Member

    Just go with the raging bull to be on the safe side! I don't think theres any question of it doing to job or not....whether youre talking about killing the hog or breaking your wrist :thumb:
     
  4. Guitarzan

    Guitarzan Well-Known Member

    I have never heard of a hog charging unless he is cornered. But yes, a .45 is more than enough for any mammal in Arkansas. A .45 also works great on Crack/Meth Heads, Gang Bangers, Rapist, and anyone stupid enough to break into your house! :up:
     
  5. Rebel

    Rebel Well-Known Member

    X2:flag:
     
  6. Mr. Chitlin

    Mr. Chitlin Administrator Staff Member

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    How 'bout Bigfoot?? :head:
     
  7. Rebel

    Rebel Well-Known Member

    Only with multiple shots to the head. A 500 S&W would be ideal for that situation.
     
  8. dash4cash

    dash4cash Well-Known Member



    Just make sure you are using a RAGE broadhead and you will not need a back up weapon.:up:

    Carl
     
  9. NaturalStateNative

    NaturalStateNative Well-Known Member

    I heard that! then after you get the hog you can go shoot teradactals (or however you spell it)
     
  10. Tony Harris

    Tony Harris Super Moderator<br>2012-13 Deer Hunting Contest Wi Staff Member

    I have shot pigs at 5 yards from the ground while stalking, I have shot momma's with babies, I have shot boars with their nose up a sows backside all from the ground with a bow and never, never had a pig charge me. I did head shoot one with a .22 mag and took off after its friend. When I came back he was gone and when I found him he turned around and came towards me but was moving rather slow, another pill to the head put him down. I have heard Russian pigs are different and will charge but our old woodland pigs where I hunt will r-u-n-n-o-f-t as Delmar would say. Stick a pistol back and if you have to track in a thicket take it out.
     
  11. As far as whether they'll charge or not, i know two people personally that have been charged in the past couple years in Texas. One picked up a log and started to club it as he could hear it snapping his tusks at his heels, and the other guy did the smart thing and shot the one charging him in the head. I dont doubt that they'll charge, and i think a .45 would do the job as a backup.

    edit: im pretty sure the guy who used the club was using a bow and diddnt have his pistol, i never really asked why he diddnt shoot it. or i dont remember at least. :p
     
  12. flintknapper

    flintknapper Moderator/smokepole pimp

    If I ever go hog hunting (and I want to) I'll pack a 4" mod. 29 S&W as back up. Dirty Harry was right! :biggrin:
     
  13. Bang Plop

    Bang Plop Well-Known Member

    I had a bore hog run 20 yards across an open pasture at me. I rolled him over with an 870 slug gun. He was after my domestic sow in heat. He was 352# gutted. He tried for 3 days at night to bust that pen open. I used telephone poles for the posts and around the bottom with Chain link double fence stapled to the posts.
     
  14. a pig may break and run and you be in his way, but never seen one actualy charge a person
     
  15. headhunter_60

    headhunter_60 Super Member<br>2010 Deer Hunting Contest Winner

    I have heard the same about Russian Boars. I really don't hog hunt but I shoot them when I can and eat them. I always carry a revolver(357mag) or my youth model 20gauge loaded with alternating slugs and 00 buck when I hunt.