.243 for pigs

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.243 for pigs

Post by batter » 26 Mar 2014, 7:48 am

G'day,

One for the pig hunters :D

As a general rule, do you think .243 is big enough for your everyday pig gun?

I know the arguments of thick hide, thick bone and all that. Only from reading though, not from experience.

Would a 100gr .243 load be enough for your average pigs or is that still leaving a little to be desired?
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Re: .243 for pigs

Post by Baronvonrort » 26 Mar 2014, 11:06 am

A 223 is ok for smaller pigs, i think you need something bigger for larger pigs.

No worries bringing down big pigs with a 243.
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Post by Member-Deleted » 26 Mar 2014, 11:21 am

If your after a pig for the spit something between 40-60 kilo is the go, a 223 is plenty. Actually to be honest a 223 will do 98% of pigs your likely to see unless you do a lot of shooting up the top.
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Post by AusC » 26 Mar 2014, 5:17 pm

Short of the odd monster pig like you guys get up there, sure.

People under estimate the .243 a bit I think, calling it a varmint cartridge only.

A 100gr pill moving at 3000fps aint no feather duster though.
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Post by SendIt » 26 Mar 2014, 5:19 pm

Just not this fella...

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Post by buster » 26 Mar 2014, 5:20 pm

Whole. E. Crap!
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Post by Chronos » 26 Mar 2014, 5:56 pm

Lol. I don't know how that guy drives that truck, he's tiny.

Or maybe the 4x4 has been photo shopped in ;)

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Re: .243 for pigs

Post by yoshie » 26 Mar 2014, 6:15 pm

As long as you don't use light hollow points, 87 to 100 grainers will work great.
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Post by ebr love » 27 Mar 2014, 10:59 am

AusC wrote:A 100gr pill moving at 3000fps aint no feather duster though.


That's how I do my shelves at home. Blast 'em with the .243 ;)

yoshie wrote:As long as you don't use light hollow points 87 to 100 grainers will work great.


Yep, hollow points = bad on chunky bone.

Ballistic tip etc. all good.
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Post by batter » 27 Mar 2014, 12:04 pm

As much as I'd love to get a few of those Godzilla size pigs :D

Probably not likely...
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Post by Westy » 27 Mar 2014, 4:31 pm

batter wrote:As much as I'd love to get a few of those Godzilla size pigs :D

Probably not likely...

Probably not like Never L0L :lol: :D :lol:
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Post by Weepy » 27 Mar 2014, 7:29 pm

Unfortunately for us that Giant was shot in Turkey.

No chance in Aus of something that big AFAIK?
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Post by trantor41 » 19 Nov 2018, 6:45 pm

I hunted pigs for a number of years with .243--100 grn soft points--never needed a second shot. Out to 100 yds they fall over ---zot -their dead.
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Post by Daddybang » 19 Nov 2018, 6:50 pm

It's plenty. For several years I only had a .243 and used it on anything from cats to brumbies and scrubbers up here on the Cape. :thumbsup: :drinks:
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Post by TassieTiger » 19 Nov 2018, 8:32 pm

The larger 223 rounds have plenty of knock down power as long as longer distance is not a factor(150m)...I think with the 243 you could extend the range for a similar result.
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Re: .243 for pigs

Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 19 Nov 2018, 9:51 pm

Love my 243 such a great all round calibre. With a well placed shot you can take down some monster pigs although i havent found my "monster pig" when the day comes ill have my 243 or 45-70 on the ready.
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Re: .243 for pigs

Post by straightshooter » 20 Nov 2018, 5:41 am

SendIt wrote:Just not this fella...

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If you want to see a little more detail of the picture go to this link.
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It is allegedly a 1800 pound (800+ kilos) pig.
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Re: .243 for pigs

Post by Blr243 » 23 Nov 2018, 12:48 pm

243 is what I use at the moment but I shot dozens and dozens with a 223 before that. Never ever was it lacking. Imagine a 223 pill loosing its energy inside the chest of a pig. Imagine the hydraulic shock. Don’t just look at the dead pig lying on the ground. Get out your knife and open it up if a 223 can turn the internal organs into mash then how could a 243 not suffice Nb I won’t use v max on bigger boars
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