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    the right calibre

    hi can someone shed some light on whether there is a minimum calibre for boar shooting in the uk cause i think its 270 on the continent cheers everyone.

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    .270 is the recommended minimum calibre for boar, if you push your FEO hard enough they will let you have a smaller cal.

    Sticks

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    The Police Firearms Guidance states:

    13.25 Authority may be requested to shoot
    animals which fall outside the scope of usual
    types of game or vermin, for example feral
    goat or wild boar. The type of rifle
    authorised should be appropriate to the
    quarry species, for example .270, .30-06 or
    .308 or greater for wild boar.

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    Why go for the minimum Caliber for shooting Boar why not get some thing that does the job better .When it comes to wild boar bigger is better .In my opinon nothing below 7mm should be used .270 is the minimum for boar in a lot of Europe but most hunters use some thing a bit bigger for driven wild boar such as one of the 30 cal's.

    Bob
    "a man does good business when he rids himself of a turd"

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    as it stands in law there is no minimum calibre for the culling of wild boar. The 'right' calibre should simply be the one most appropriate to cleanly kill the boar you are shooting but ideally without excessive energy (ie 375 on 40 kilo juveniles). Because some licencing autorities are arsey about it though, not every area accepts boar as vermin so they specify what you can shoot boar with if at all. In the real world though if your chosen bullet delivers 15ft/lb per pound of live weight in the right place it's plenty plenty 'right' for the job though ie:

    .223 1000 ft/lb - 66lb/30kg
    .243 1800 ft/lb - 120lb/55kg
    .308 2800 ft/lb - 186lb/85kg
    .375 4100 ft/lb - 273lb/125kg

    .50 cal.... I wish but 11000 ft/lb - 733lb/333kg (wow if they were all that big)



    Something to think about perhaps??
    Last edited by Paul at Fechan; 04-09-2011 at 23:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul at barony View Post
    ....In the real world though if your chosen bullet delivers 15ft/lb per pound of live weight in the right place it's plenty plenty 'right' for the job though ie:

    .223 1000 ft/lb - 66lb/30kg
    .243 1800 ft/lb - 120lb/55kg
    .308 2800 ft/lb - 186lb/85kg
    .375 4100 ft/lb - 273lb/125kg

    .50 cal.... I wish but 11000 ft/lb - 733lb/333kg (wow if they were all that big)



    Something to think about perhaps??
    That is about the worst theory I have seen in some time, 15 ft/lbs per pound of bodyweight?

    A 375 H&H is only good for a 273 pound beast....
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Claret Dabler

    Quote Originally Posted by paul at barony View Post
    In the real world though if your chosen bullet delivers 15ft/lb per pound of live weight in the right place it's plenty plenty 'right' for the job
    Learn to understand context smart arse of is that beyond you? The point is that while guidance says a minimum of .270, that is significatly overpowered for the average cull weight of wild boar. So by the same standard the examples of energy to live weight were given genius.

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    Don't get touchy old boy, I am only having a laugh.

    I don't doubt for a second that a 270 is enough gun, I have shot a few boar with a 270 and it certainly got the job done. I have seen a couple of boar shot in the Czech Rep with a 243 and they tumbled like rabbits. The bulk of boar shot on continental driven shoots are under 75kg, so anything in 6.5 and up will do it.

    The minimum bullet weight in Germany and a few other places for game larger than Roe is 10 grammes, hence the existence of 156gr bullets in 6.5mm and 270 cal.

    I still think your 15ft/lb per lb is boll#cks though.....
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    15ft/lb per pound is too much that's the point! (plenty plenty)

    The guidance (.270 with 150gr) delivers about 15ft/lb per lb on the average cull boar which is a lot more than you need, that's why there's a comparison to show that it's a hell of a lot more than you need!!!

    Do you get it now

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    thanks for the info guys cheers

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