BOWS & GUNS

American Survival Guide - - AMERICAN PIONEER -

I've har­vested hogs us­ing com­pound bows, hand­guns and ri­fles. They are all ef­fec­tive in the right hands, given the user prac­tices dili­gently and learns his or her per­sonal shoot­ing lim­i­ta­tions.

With bows, I rec­om­mend a fairly pow­er­ful setup, par­tic­u­larly when tackling the larger boars. In this case, any mod­ern 55- to 60-pound pull com­pound will get the job done nicely, as long as the archer chooses a mid-weight ar­row and a deep-pen­e­trat­ing broadhead de­sign. I don't rec­om­mend large-cut­ting me­chan­i­cal broad­heads with steep-an­gled blades for the gnarly big boars. I be­lieve smaller-cut­ting fixed­blade broad­heads are bet­ter medicine.

With hand­guns, .44 Mag­num or larger is the way to go, un­less you're us­ing a sin­gle-shot or bolt-ac­tion pis­tol. In this case, I rec­om­mend a .260 Rem­ing­ton or such size cal­iber as a very ap­pro­pri­ate min­i­mum size.

With long guns, .243 and up is best, with re­ally a .25-06 or .257 Roberts as good start­ing cal­iber sizes. The ven­er­a­ble .270, .280, and .30-06 are all tried and true pig cal­ibers, as is the 7mm and 300 Mag­nums. Re­gard­less of your choice of cal­iber, go with what's most com­fort­able for you to use, es­pe­cially in a fast-shoot­ing sit­u­a­tion. You are bet­ter off with a smaller cal­iber and a qual­ity bul­let that you can shoot ac­cu­rately than a larger gun that re­coils with a nasty bang and scares you to death. —J.B.

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