Well It's offical!!! DEFRA have finally admitted that wild Boar are breeding in England! Shooting Times has done an artical on it, Kent and East sussex have the the largest sounders (social groups), up to 100 are thought to be roaming around the area of Berkley! with large groups in Dorset, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and now even Somerset!!! One guys been studying them since 1983! this is his site -www.britishwildboar.org.uk Anyone know the Law about hunting them? What sort of calibre should we be looking at? would a .243 stop a pig???
I've hunted Boar in the USA (Tennessee), concensus is that a '30 calibre is the nominal minimum, but really when forrest hunting like we were, any reasonably powerful centrefire will do, you are usually
taking the shot from less than 100 yards, more like 50 or 60 in my experience.
I used a 7mm Remington Magnum Ruger, and the Boars I shot didn't go far post shot, my mate had a 30-30 Marlin lever action and that also nailed the porkers without trouble.
The 'locals' however don't mess about with 'fancy rifles like us visitors, they jusy get their dogs to 'bay' i.e. corner a pig then they shoot it at pointblank range with either a 12g slug, or a big
calibre handgun i.e. .44 Mag. as they are gathering meat not messing about like us??
Anyway as a useful tip passed to me by our guide, you must shoot a pig high into the shoulder blade, as the heart/vitals are higher in the body than those of a deer.