BOWS & GUNS
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.