hog calibers in the AR-15 platform

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hog killed with ARthe growing problem

Hogs become a bigger and bigger problem in our southern states each year and show no signs of slowing down. In my home state of Texas, they do an estimated 400 million to a billion dollars in damage to farmland and crops annually. Many wildlife biologists have gone so far as to classify them as the most destructive & invasive species in the United States! On many occasions hogs destroyed my feeders and knocked them down, not only ruining my deer hunt but also my equipment. That‘s why I want to bring you the best hog calibers in the AR-15 platform; a low recoil weapon system with quick follow up shot capability.

the good news

While the invasion may sound like bad news, there‘s a silver lining; they‘re fun as hell to hunt! There‘s something about pig hunting that‘s hard to explain. Helping to eliminate an invasive species and simultaneously harvesting an animal that if prepared the right way, is one of the most delicious game animals out there.  The best part is, you can enjoy the great outdoors and hunt them during months when traditional game animals are out of season.

a common misconception

With the growing popularity of hog hunting, I find lot‘s of people asking, “what‘s the best hog caliber in the AR-15 platform”? Time and time again my answer is, whatever caliber you‘re most accurate with. Shot placement is key and will always be far more important than the cartridge. With that said, there are certain calibers that stand above the rest. Lately, the 300 Blackout has gained popularity. This is most likely because of the rising use of suppressors. But it’s far from the best option. The 300 Blackout is designed to be quiet. If your intent is to shoot it through a short barrel with a suppressor and at short ranges, it’s the best caliber out there.  When it comes to shooting hogs, it simply doesn’t have the velocity and kinetic energy that’s required. Especially if they‘re out past 100 yards. That‘s where it begins to show its ballistic inferiority.

best hog calibers in the AR-15 platform

I like the 6.8 SPC and the 6.5 Grendel. I‘ve harvested several 300lb pigs with both calibers. I often find the bullet (I like Hornady SST and Barns TSX’s) fully expanded in the far shoulder gristle plate. They‘re two phenomenal rounds capable of taking hogs at 300+ yards.

I’ll give the slight nod to the Grendel but both are capable. More info here: Abe’s Gun Cave

  1. 6.5 Grendel
  2. 6.8 SPC
  3. .223
  4. .300 Blackout and the less versatile large bores like .450 bushmaster, .50 Beowulf .300 Ham’r etc.

don‘t choose a fad caliber

There are lot‘s of Internet warriors who‘ll show you pictures of large hogs they harvested with all of the above calibers. That doesn’t mean they‘re the best tools for the job. You can kill a hog with a .22 with the right earhole shot. Think twice before you choose a fad caliber. You wont always have the perfect rest and still target. It‘s better to have a cartridge that’ll break bones and efficiently dispatch these growing pests.

 

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