I've been hunting with this calibre for about six months now (I had 30-06 previously). I shoot a few smaller pigs with it, using the Federal Fusion 180 gr. I was dissapointed with this bullet, not enough internal damage in case of bad shot placement and bad blood trails on smaller boars. As a consequence, some of the wounded boars were not found, even after miles of tracking with a dog. Now, I realise that wild boar can be very tough animals to bring down, and 308 is not a calibre that will put them down quickly, unless shot in the head, neck or the spine. However, I would like to know which bullet workes well for you if a bad shot placement happens. The most frequent bad shot on a drive is placed too far back in the intestines, because we shoot at running boars. I'm looking for a bullet that will make massive internal damage and good blood trail even in a case of a bad shot placement too far behind in the intestines. I'm not interested in softpoints, but controlled deformation bullets as occasionally I may shoot at something a little bigger too.
I've had good results with 150 gr RWS TIG (ID Classic), but unfortunatelly they seem a bit light for anything bigger than small pigs. I have some experience with 180 gr Norma Oryx. A good, solid, hard hitting bullet which produces a lot of internal damage. Soft enough even for smaller game, but tough enough for big animals too. I've been thinking about trying the 180 gr RWS TUG (UNI Classic). And I have a brand new box of 180 gr Norma Nosler Partitions, waiting to be tested. These are supposed to cause massive internal damage, but also a certain exit wound in case of larger animal. So I would like to know, what do you guys use on driven hunts in 308 and what are your experiences with the above mentioned bullets.