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Happy Thanksgiving. This season has so far been a wash for me, so I thought I would share a few pictures from last season. It is not as good as a recent kill, but, it is better than doing nothing.
Anyway, I shot this boar at 200 yards with a hand loaded Hornady FTX bullet from a .30-30. He was the only spotted pig of about fifteen black pigs, and standing away from the rest of the sounder. I figured he would be easy to track after the shot, as they tend to kind of swarm after the shot. It is important for me to watch the pig I shoot, so this pig was a target in more ways than one. The bullet centered the left shoulder and exited just behind the right. The bullet actually kind of notched the rear part of the right shoulder. This boar was about 175 pounds and had a gristle shield about 3/8" of an inch thick.
At the shot the pig fell down, but not over. He tried to keep up with the rest of the pigs but could not. He changed course from the heard or sounder, running directly away from me. I figured he was hit pretty hard by his reactions. Also, as he ran he could not keep his head up. He ran a little ways down and then changed direction again. He ran into the brush and emerged back into view again, then ran a little further down only to duck back to the right again. This time he didn't come back out. Like I said, I figured he was hit pretty hard. I have seen pigs do this before when they were hit.
I followed up to where I thought I had last seen him and found him about thirty yards out. He didn't have much fight in him, but I didn't want him getting away so I put one in his neck to end the show.

Upon field dressing the pig I noticed the lungs were tattered with about an1-1/2" hole bored through. Fatal hit for sure, but not the same kind of damage from my .264. The second bullet hit the spine and did not exit that I could find. Anyway, he ran less than 100 yards. I have had pigs shot closer with well placed bullets from more powerful rifles run further, so I was pleased.
Just thought I would share...

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That is a nice pig! Outstanding shot too, at 200 yards. How much did you have to hold over?
 

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Thanks Stretch. I had zeroed the rifle in for 200 yards, so I held dead on.

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Hmmmm. Maybe I should zero my .35Rem at 200. I have it set to shoot about 1.5" high at 100 yards, and I haven;t even tried it at 200.

Very impressive, I say again. And the pig looks just right. (:)D))
 

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Stretch,

Presuming you're getting around 2200fps with your 200gr load, go up four clicks at 100 (2.5" high) and you'll be about 2.75" low, at 200 yards. That's about ideal, as far as a maximum PBR goes, for the 35 Remington. Be sure to shoot at longer ranges, maybe in 50 yard increments, to know what your gun really does.
 

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I was humbled by my first 200 yard efforts. I soon learned that a 1-1/2" 100 yard group did not assure a 3" 200 yard group. I learned a lot at the 200 yard range. One of the biggest things I learned is that my rifle at least, is hold sensitive. Shooting from a bench I found that holding the rifle to loose or to tight opened up the groups. This was all done summer or two ago, so I am sure there is still a lot I don't know. Putting a lever gun amongst all the "long range rifles" on the 200 yard range was a bit of an experience too. A good experience for sure. What I took to the field from the range was that the .30-30 was indeed a adequate 200 yard plus rifle. I am confident the .35 Remington and .45-70, among others, are also good for 200 yards and further with practice.
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Thanks Broom. I went back and checked my range photos and it appears I am right at about 3" (on average) high at 100 yards. I have some 150 yard photos, but that's the furthest I've shot that rifle.

I need some range time. Well, it's the Christmas season, and time to burn some use/lose leave time, so it's about time to get back out tot he range again.
 
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