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Hello guys. Today was our annual family hog hunt and another successful one at that. In addition to my brother and son, we were also joined by my good friend and neighbor who shot a massive 331lb boar, and my brothers FIL who shot a nice red sow. I didn’t shoot this year as my son and I take turns year to year. I also just enjoy being with him and watching him as he hunts and enjoys our time in the field.

Today we also went back to basics with our weapons. The 300blk’s were left at home and the 30/30’s and my .357 Marlin that I took last year and did not use, were what we used to hunt with. My goal was to see if my home load of 158gr Hornady XTP with 16gr of IMR 4227 would put a hog down humanly. I’m here to tell you, it was deadly on this 135lb sow. My son hit a perfect heart lung shot which turned her organs to red jelly. She went down, kicked one or two times and went still. My brothers FIL took his with a 30/30, and Ben took the huge boar with a 30.06. All in all a great day with 4 sows and a boar harvested.

My son was 16 when he first went with me. He turned 24 a few days ago and is 6’0 235lbs. He is a caring human being and that huge smile on his face says it all after a successful hunt. That little Marlin is a beast with a lot of bite for its size. I hope to give it a spin on deer in a few weeks.









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I’m anxiously awaiting the release of a new .357 lever by Ruger. Good to know they’ll deliver the heat on some mobile bacon.
 
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Looks like you guys had a great day!

Where did you hunt at?

I'm not a hunter, it doesn't interest me very much, but I'd like to go one day for the experience.


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Very cool, your son working that .357 Marlin so well!

How distant would you estimate the pig was?


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That'll fill your freezer for a while. Do you process your own meat or do you get it done?
 
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Another nice report!




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Very nicely done! Looks like a fun time and quality time with your son as well. Thanks for sharing the outcome...we don't have pigs here but it's nice to know the old .357 1894 is up to the task should the opportunity ever present itself.
 
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Well done! Man, this year has flown by. I remember your report from last year this time and it seems like it was only a few months ago!


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Looks like you guys had a great day!

Where did you hunt at?

I'm not a hunter, it doesn't interest me very much, but I'd like to go one day for the experience.


We were hunting in Williston, Florida. The shot was about 30 yds. We were in a heavily wooded area so no long shots.
 
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A great day and ham and bacon meals ahead. Thanks for the story of the day and photos.


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Always like your stories every year.

Let’s see more !


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That'll fill your freezer for a while. Do you process your own meat or do you get it done?


I do all the processing at home. It sits on ice and fresh water for 5 days (changed daily till all the blood is out) I then trim the fat off, and wrap them up nicely in freezer paper and freeze it. It will last about a year in the freezer. It all gets made into pulled pork at some point Big Grin.
 
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Very nicely done!!
 
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Nice hunt guys. I never knew Florida even had a piggy population. I guess they are every where. Pulled pork bbq..every time I hear that I go looking around.. Big Grin. The stuff is magic.
 
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Excellent!
 
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Nice!

I always enjoy your hog hunt posts because it's great to see generations of family and friends enjoy a successful hunt... but also because I'm envious.

We don't have any wild pigs here but I would love to try hunting them someday.

It's also great to get some real world caliber and loading results.
 
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Not a bad day for the A team!


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Looks like a great time, and some good eating sizes, too!

Now Doc, don't forget to post some of the cooked results, just so I can make sure my salivary glands still work. Smile
 
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Awesome.


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Very nice- always look forward to the family pics every year. I’m hoping to drop a whitetail with my Marlin 1894CP and give my flock of .44’s a rest this year.




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