Originally Posted by JLibourel
Well, if you dig the AR platform, why not just go with an AR-10 in .308--plenty of makers offering those, and you would have a cartridge with a lot more slap-'em-down power. Any guy tough enough to contemplate hunting hogs with a spear is not likely to be concerned out the difference in recoil between the .308 and the .300 Blackout. I am not sure how or why the latter cartridge would "punch through brush better." In any event, I rather thought the whole doctrine of "brush bucking," so dear to older generations of gun writers, had pretty well been debunked. The old doctrine that big, heavy, slow-moving bullets would plow through brush that would deflect or blow up a lighter, faster bullet has been discredited in controlled testing. There is a difference between projectiles in their ability to penetrate brush, but it is more a function of sectional density and gyroscopic stability than weight or diameter. The bottom line is that nothing "bucks brush" very well.
A good friend of mine who has done a lot of hunting in the river bottoms of East Texas tells me that his favorite rifle for deer and hogs is an iron-sighted Winchester or Marlin .30-30 lever-action carbine, which strikes me as decidedly "retro," but he says at the close ranges and in the thick cover there nothing suits him better (and he has plenty of other firearms).
Hunting hogs with a spear without dogs might be feasible where you are. All but one of the hogs I have shot have been in the savannas of the California Coast Range, and I couldn't imagine pulling that off there, even when I was in my lusty prime.
At some point I will pick up and AR-10. It's not the recoil at all. It's just that with an AR-15 lower you can use a few different calibers by slapping on a different upper. The AR-10 is a dedicated platform and doesn't work with a regular AR-15 lower.
I would post the video of me using a spear but it's pretty graphic and it took me 3 different attempts on the same pig. That pig was cut up pretty good and it came at me 3 times. That's were tactics come into play ( and me not using them).
Going out with a spear and charging a feral pig isn't the smartest thing. Stealth and knowing the area helps so that you can get them from behind or above. For example, if a pig is in a wallow and you are
above them on a berm. You have the advantage of taking them by surprise and you have the berm or over hang for protection.
Another thing is using the correct spear. Last year I didn't use the correct spear and now the spear looks like a bow and arrow.
Luckily, for me the pig was 75 pounds and not 150 pounds or I would be severely injured or possibly dead.
You want to use a spear like this -
This spear has a nice size blade and nice size wings ( lugs) and the staff is thick. It will do the trick , correctly.
Not like this ( this is what I used).
This spear did get the job done but A. didn't have the wings ( lugs). B. wasn't long enough and C. Wasn't thick enough
Here is my pig story from last summer -
When I approached the pig from the front ( idiot move on my part) it charged. I side stepped and swiped my spear to deflect the charge. I didn't know at the time that I literally disemboweled the pig.
( I had a go pro so I watched the kill later). The damn pig made a U Turn and came at me again. This time, I side stepped and thrust the spear aiming for the behind the front quarters.
My adrenaline was pumping so hard I missed ( I had thrust early) and the spear enter the pigs check and went out through it's opposite eye.
At this point it was super pissed. I removed the spear and the fucking pig charged me again.
This time it looked like a zombie pig was attacking me.
I literally jumped over the pig and turned around. It wasn't moving that fast at this point. I thrust the spear right behind it's front quarter. It was still fighting. This thrust was a kill shot no matter what.
However, the spear at this point was bending and the pig was still trying to get me.
Maybe a minute or two ( seemed like forever) the spear was going deeper into the pig and the fucker was getting closer to me. The spear was literally through the pig into the ground bent like a crescent.
I used a basic judo sweep on the pigs front legs while holding the the spear the whole time ( it's sounds cooler than it was). At this point the pig was on it's side and my hands were 6 inches from the pig.
The spear was 7 feet including a 7 inch spear head.
Once the pig bleed out ,I carried the pig with a friend back to gut it.
I made the BEST wild boar ragu and loin ever! I just have fajita meat left.
My brother uses a Henry rifle. Lever action .45 Big Boy. He drops pigs like it's his job. He took down 3 last year. He lives in Utah and flies with 3 massive coolers and has big ass BBQ's.