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Thread: Is the 6.5x47 Lapua suitable for Boar?

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    Is the 6.5x47 Lapua suitable for Boar?

    Hi all,

    I have been lucky enough to be invited driven Boar shooting.

    My question to you is:

    Is the 6.5x47 Lapua man enough for the job?

    I have the perfect rifle and scope set up for it, but have my reservations on the calibre's capability on Wild Boar.

    I will be using Hornady 129grain SST's.

    Thoughts.....

    Many thanks,
    Miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2428 miles View Post
    Hi all,

    I have been lucky enough to be invited driven Boar shooting.

    My question to you is:

    Is the 6.5x47 Lapua man enough for the job?

    I have the perfect rifle and scope set up for it, but have my reservations on the calibre's capability on Wild Boar.

    I will be using Hornady 129grain SST's.

    Thoughts.....

    Many thanks,
    Miles

    My mentor shoots Wild boor with a 243 (and yes its cleared on his cert)

    Shot placement is the key of course.

    I woldn't do it as I dont have his skill with a rifel.

    I'd want a 308 for a greater margin of error

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    I have .243 cleared for boar, and have shot many with it, There is NO WAY I would shoot driven boar with it.

    I would think that a 6.5x47 is a bit on the light side for driven boar, certainly if its your first trip. Any of the 30 cals or 30 cal magnums are more suitable. Having said that If you are handy with a shotgun and your host can supply you with slugs.... They are awesome at close range.

    Regards

    Ed

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    I've got AOLQ on the 6.5x55 which covers boar, and would be happy using my usual 140gr SSTs. You have plenty of oomph (technical term), so that coupled with the 129gr SSTs should be plenty into the engine room.

    Let us know how you get on?

    UPDATE: Apologies, I'd missed "driven"... Agree with others, I'd go .30cal on driven (would have to borrow one though)
    Last edited by I. Farticus; 22-11-2014 at 15:27.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I. Farticus View Post
    I've got AOLQ on the 6.5x55 which covers boar, and would be happy using my usual 140gr SSTs. You have plenty of oomph (technical term), so that coupled with the 129gr SSTs should be plenty into the engine room.

    Let us know how you get on?

    Have you shot driven boar with your 6.5x55 ? If so how did you get on ?

    Regards

    Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.F.W.M View Post
    Have you shot driven boar with your 6.5x55 ? If so how did you get on ?

    Regards

    Ed
    Ed, not had the chance yet.
    Sako 75 Syn/St 6.5x55mm - Swarovski Z6i 3-18x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
    "You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2428 miles View Post
    Hi all,

    I have been lucky enough to be invited driven Boar shooting.

    My question to you is:

    Is the 6.5x47 Lapua man enough for the job?

    I have the perfect rifle and scope set up for it, but have my reservations on the calibre's capability on Wild Boar.

    I will be using Hornady 129grain SST's.

    Thoughts.....

    Many thanks,
    Miles
    Personally I would go bigger. The key word here being driven boar. I've shot boar with a 6.5 x 55 from night seats perfectly well, but when driven and allowing for adrenalin and shot placement I would go bigger. You also mention using the 129sst. I'd want a harder constructed bullet too.

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    Thanks for the advice Chaps.

    I'm going to take the .30-06 and run some 180grain SST's through it.

    I was hoping to avoid switching scopes round, but I have done it now and will get them re-zeroed tomorrow.

    I went last year but borrowed a rifle (.300 Win Mag). It belonged to a giant of a man, weighed a ton and had 30 inch barrel, so not the quickest and easiest rifle to be swinging through galloping pigs with.

    Can't wait to get out there.... One of the most enjoyable things I have ever done... highly recommend it to anyone even half thinking about going for a day on the driven Boar.


    Best,
    Miles

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    Good luck Miles, let us know how you get on.

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    Why SST's out of interest?

    given for their propensity to blow up more than a soft point I would not choose them for a notoriously thick skinned target with lots of solid boney bits moving at speed.
    (They are designed to offer reliable expansion at lower impact velocities on antelope type game at ranges in excess of 300 yds)

    any number of harder constructed traditional cup and core bullets better suited to thumping high velocity pigs

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