The hogs in this video were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
We've already established that hog hunting at night with a thermal scope is a pretty darn effective way to control feral hog populations. Well, this hunter took things a step further in his hog population control efforts by mounting a thermal scope on a suppressed .50 Beowulf.
There's not a darn thing wrong with hunting hogs with a high velocity cartridge like the .223 Remington or .308 Winchester. However, big-bore rifles can also be extremely effective on hogs, as well.
They aren't moving very fast, but those big and heavy bullets hit hard. Additionally, since he was using a suppressor, it also took the hogs a while to figure out just what the heck was going on.
Watch the video to see how it all went down.
The last couple of decades have seen the introduction of three different big-bore cartridges specifically designed for use in an AR-15: the .450 Bushmaster, the .458 SOCOM and the .50 Beowulf. All three are roughly as powerful as the .45-70 Government, but fit in a much smaller package.
So, if you're looking for .45-70 level power in an AR-15, any of those three cartridges will fit the bill.
This video really shows off the capabilities of the .50 Beowulf. However, the .450 Bushmaster and .458 SOCOM will also get the job done.
I'm sure the farmers in the area appreciate the efforts of this guy and others like him. Keep up the good work!