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Thread: Anyone using an 1884 Trapdoor to hunt hogs?

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    Boolit Mold
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    Anyone using an 1884 Trapdoor to hunt hogs?

    I have an 1884 Trapdoor rifle that I like to hunt with. I use a cast Laymen 525 gr bullet and black powder. Would like to hunt some hogs with it knowing that at the best I will be able to get maybe 2 rounds off before they are gone. Anyone used a trapdoor to hunt hogs with? I know if I hit with it it should stop a hog as it was designed to stop a horse.

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    If you get them lined up right, you could get multiples in one shot!

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    It would be "most funnest" I can imagine. Now if "feral cattle" were a thing- you'd be good there as well! Have a great hunt!

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    2nd shot after the smoke clears! Rifle will do the job OK, problem is distance and the 'cloud'. A hog still standing @ 50-100 may move FAST at sound and flash. Will it still be there when that big boolit gets there? Typically won't charge you but be ready for safety shot. Interesting challenge though.
    Whatever!

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    I have an original trapdoor I would like to do this with. I took a deer in rifle season, very enjoyable.

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    What Modified 5 said.
    Same works for 15 pound Sharps and 450 grain soupcans.
    Patience at the trough should make up for multiple shots.
    If lined up for behind the shoulder shots 3 hogs at once isn't hard if shooting a level trajectory, 1600-1700 fps and 50-ish yards.
    It's easier to line 'em up if your trough is built for single side access in your desired line of sight, 10-12 feet long.
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    As long as you can put rounds on target, it should get the job done! Just like any rifle, it takes practice...
    Don't let America end up like California...
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    Go ahead and mount the bayonet. In case of a charge!

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    If your feral pigs are anything like the feral pigs here, you won't get a second shot. They run very quickly.

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    Let us know how you go please!
    Looking to do the same myself but with the Gould bullet.
    We DO have feral cattle around here.

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    Friend told me today, last week (yea, he was going to see if I could go) had 20 or so @ 500. 1st shot (AR15-223) scattered, got one and hit a big boar that ran off. Then they circled back around 25 yds from him. But he was out of ammo, only had 10 in the mag! Couldn't get his sidearm out fast enough to take more shots. He'd closed the window on the box stand. Never know what they are going to do.
    Whatever!

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