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A .45-70 Headshot Makes Quick Work of This Hog

A .45-70 Head Shot Stops This Hog Cold

Though it can be challenging to pull off, a .45-70 headshot is a sure-fire way to put even the biggest hogs down in their tracks.

It doesn't matter if you're hunting feral hogs or a massive animal like a Cape Buffalo, a well-placed headshot will take the animal down in a hurry. Attempting a headshot can be risky because it's such a small target, but the results are impressive when done correctly. The .45-70 headshot on a nice-sized feral hog in the video below is a good example of what can happen when a hunter makes a good shot using a big-bore rifle

Watch the video to see how it all went down. 

Pretty impressive, right? I don't think that hog had any idea what happened. Better fire up the BBQ pit, because that guy just landed a bunch of wild hog meat!

As we saw with this hunter hunting hogs with an M1 Carbine, even a small, relatively low powered cartridge will do the job if you use good quality bullets and place your shots correctly. Well, this guy took things a step further by using the significantly more powerful .45-70 Government cartridge.

The same rules apply, though: hit the hog in the right place, and it won't run very far at all after the shot. The only difference here is that this guy had a little bit more room for error with the .45-70 than a hunter using a smaller cartridge like the .30 Carbine.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on his hunting blog. Follow him on Facebook The Big Game Hunting Blog or Twitter @TheBigGameHunt.

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A .45-70 Headshot Makes Quick Work of This Hog