Last Friday was pretty productive for me. I saw a few does in the morning, but no antlers so I passed. Driving on a dirt road to my evening stand I spotted a hog about 150 yards off. I stopped and put on a stalk and was able to get an easy 20 yard broadside shot. The saboted RCBS 44-240-SWC (100 gns 777 - .50 cal CVA Optima Pro) hit behind the shoulder zipping through lungs and rib cage with ease. The hog went only about 5 yards and tipped over.
I had to hurry getting that one taken care of so I could still get in the woods for the evening hunt. I was running a little late and changed to a closer spot. I got up high in a pine with my climber overlooking a hillside with oaks. About an hour before dark about 15 hogs came out of the swamp and worked up the hill. The biggest of the bunch looped over in front of me and presented a broadside shot at 23 yards. I hammered the boar in the shoulder and dropped him like a stone.
I skinned and boned him in place (This is what we do with all hogs, but I couldn’t have moved him by myself if I wanted too). The bullet penetrated through his left shoulder, the chest cavity and lodged under the hide after passing through the gristle plate. For the uninitiated, let me explain a little about the gristle plate. It’s a kind of armor plating that grows under the hide on either side of a boar and protects it from fighting with other boars as they slash with their sharp tusks. The plating on this boar was over an inch thick and tough as nails (I don’t know how bow hunters get an arrow through that). I was having a hard time removing the bullet, so I cut out the chunk of plating and brought it home to operate on later.
The RCBS 44-240-SWC started with a weight of 240 grains, a diameter of .430” and an OAL of .730”. The recovered bullet weighed 236 grains, expanded to a diameter of .714” and the OAL was .458” (Cast out of 10 BHN range scrap). Pretty impressive performance I would say.