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Ok guys I'm sure this topic has been beat to death but here goes anyway. I am going hog hunting in either Arkansas or Tenessee. My understanding is it will not be uncommon to shoot one in the 2-300 pound range. I plan on taking a pig with a .30-06 rifle. My question is do I need a handgun for close range back up? If so what would you recommend? The biggest gun I own is a 1911 in .45 acp. I am not going to take a pig with a handgun unless it is to save my butt. I also really don't want to invest a lot into something I probably won't shoot unless I really need to. Sorry for being long winded I'm just not sure what to do. Thanks in advance guys.
 

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The .30-06 is all you'll need. If you really want a handgun to tote along, and you're anticipating a 300 pound pig, you're into .44 Mag territory. A .45 ACP will just aggravate him.
 

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The .30-06 is all you'll need. If you really want a handgun to tote along, and you're anticipating a 300 pound pig, you're into .44 Mag territory.

A .45 ACP will just aggravate him.



So you're talking from experience?
 

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So you're talking from experience?
I've killed two large feral hogs with my Springfield Mil Spec .45acp and ball ammo at very close range. Both were head shots from a ladder stand over a trail. Distance was about 5 yards. Don't think I'd want to try Russians that way, though.
 
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