What bullet and weight did you choose for boar when using a .308 ?

ColinJ

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For many years I have only had one rifle, not counting the .22. I’ve been fortunate enough to hunt in Europe and Africa, muntjac, red deer, wild boar (driven), moose, kudu, wildebeest and oryx have all been taken with 140gr bullets from my 6.5. None ever complained.

I‘ve recently retired and used some of my pension to buy a .308. Will the game really notice a difference between 150gr and 165 or 180gr? I ask because I genuinely don’t know.
 

EMcC

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I've shot over 20 boar now with 100grn .243. 😉
I was on a driven Boar shoot in Hungary not so long ago with a group put together by Sika98 and one of the guys along the line from me was in a prime position. The Boar were coming down off the hill and seeing us turned across in his direction at about a good 150 yards and he just bowled them over like skittles.
It wasn't until after we'd finished the hunt that I found out that he was using a .243 with 100gn soft points as he didn't have anything bigger !!
From a static position in a high seat I have seen, only on one occasion tho, a German friend shoot a nice 80Kg boar stone dead with a .222 using 55gn bullets he had intended using for Roe but decided to pop over and visit me for a cup of coffee instead.
 

Alantoo

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150grain Federal Powershok. Very close range.

I have only ever shot a couple. Beginners luck 4 hours into virtually my first solo stalk. They were within a few seconds of each other...they were youngsters, and the second one came back to see why her sister had laid down. Both total bang flop, they lay down touching with their noses a couple of inches apart. It took the top off the heart with both.

Alan
 

Bavarianbrit

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I was on a driven Boar shoot in Hungary not so long ago with a group put together by Sika98 and one of the guys along the line from me was in a prime position. The Boar were coming down off the hill and seeing us turned across in his direction at about a good 150 yards and he just bowled them over like skittles.
It wasn't until after we'd finished the hunt that I found out that he was using a .243 with 100gn soft points as he didn't have anything bigger !!
From a static position in a high seat I have seen, only on one occasion tho, a German friend shoot a nice 80Kg boar stone dead with a .222 using 55gn bullets he had intended using for Roe but decided to pop over and visit me for a cup of coffee instead.
Ouch, so he broke their law then? Minimum is 6.5mm and so&so Joules "I am a spoilsport".
 

EMcC

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Ouch, so he broke their law then? Minimum is 6.5mm and so&so Joules "I am a spoilsport".
Yep, he sure did but nobody could tell the difference as the Boar went down with his bullets the same as being hit by any other bullet.
It was the same as some of the Germans using 147Gn bullets with the point ground down just enough to show the lead, I didn't ask where they came from but I recognised the metal container that they came in ;)
I used to use .22lfb hollow point to shoot rabbits, also verboten and not available in Germany at the time but available in UK.
Whenever I went back to UK on leave, .22 was rather more difficult to get then, they were almost rationed, so I got all my mates in UK that had .22 to get me their allowance and brought it back to Germany ;)
 
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Fabnosh

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Hi there

Anything 150grn or above for a nice rested shot where you can be confident of accurately bullet placement. As things go mobile you should be looking at the hard hitting round you can muster. I’ve only once used my .308 on driven and I used 180’s. Personally though if driven, I’ll always use a 9.3.

FN
 

Jagare

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The last boar I shot at night here at home was about 90kg. Dropped to a behind the ear shot. When i skinned it, it was the fattest boar I've ever shot with a thick layer of outer fat and well coated on the inside. For a not fully mature boar it had the start of a gristle shield developing over it shoulder area. In a couple of years he would have been a boar that you would not stop with a .243 or a soft .308 bullet on a driven hunt. Thats the type of boar I'm prepared for with my choice of ammo. That same ammo will also deal with the more common 40-50kg boar you encounter on a driven day.
 

Penyard

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I have used .308 for the majority of my uk boar stalking for a long time. I used to use hand loaded 150gr Swift Scirocco which were fine. Now use 165gr Accubond which are spot on. As Jagare has said, mature boar have very thick hides and shoulder shields which require a suitably tough bullet, hence my choice. Driven I use .30-06 with Norma Oryx which seem very good
 

Jon P

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150 g federal powershok drops them on the spot at feeding stations, never tried driven boar.
 

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