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Pig Hunting With A .17HMR

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This YouTube video from Ethan Hales (YouTube username: RFActionFilms) shows a hunter shooting down a wild hog in Ockeechobee, Florida. According to the video, the shooter used a Marlin rimfire rifle with a .17 HMR calibre.


Reference: RFActionFilms on YouTube


Hogs are considered varmint in this area in North America, as they destroy farms and crops. And so that afternoon in Ockeechobee, the hunter targeted 3 black hogs at the far end of the field. Positioning himself at a considerable distance, he manages to shoot down the first hog, but missing his second shot.

The first hog was put down via a shot behind the ear, almost near the head. It appeared to writhe up until the end of the clip, but from the video comments, it was already considered a kill.

While the hunt was a success, some commenters felt that the shooter could have used larger ammo to kill the pig. They said that for a one-shot-one-kill, the hunter should have opted for a calibre above .17 HMR so that it instantly penetrates the skull. However, there were also some commenters who were impressed with the use of this particular calibre. As one user noted, the .17 HMR is faster and shoots flatter, therefore it can shoot accurately at longer distances, probably past 150 yards. Another said that the success of the hunter was also due to the placement of the rifle that allowed him to kill the hog with a small round. The hog moving, despite being shot near the head, was possibly caused by a reflexive action or what hunters call “death throws”.

Conflicting comments aside, the video simply displays the effectiveness of the .17 HMR to exterminate varmints like hogs. All it takes it the correct placement and distance, a high level of accuracy, and plenty of patience.

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