Though it can be challenging to pull off, a .45-70 headshot is an almost guaranteed way to put even the biggest hogs down in their tracks.
A well-placed headshot will take an animal down in a hurry regardless of whether you're hunting feral hogs or a massive animal like a Cape Buffalo.
The results are extremely impressive when done correctly, but attempting a headshot can be risky because it's such a small target. At the same time, that shot is easy to mess up and you run the risk of causing a severe, but probably not immediately fatal wound to the animal if you do so.
That said, the shot demonstrated 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 grill, because that guy just landed a whole 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 mighty .45-70 than a hunter using a smaller cartridge like the .30 Carbine or .22 Hornet.
When it's time to load up on hunting gear, you know what to do.