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.
When it's time to load up on hunting gear, you know what to do.