Big and Dangerous Game with Intermediate Cartridges

Why the .300 Blackout and 5.56 Suck for Big Game

Plenty of guys that perhaps have experience with firearms, but not hunting specifically, commonly ignore terminal ballistics. Terminal ballistics are what a bullet does, and does to its target, after it strikes it. Terminal ballistics is dictated by the cartridge’s bullet weight multiplied by its velocity to produce energy the raw kinetic energy and then factors the bullet’s construction in to dictate how the energy is delivered. I.E. if it penetrates well (into the vital body cavity) by holding together despite encountering tough mediums like bone.

In target shooting, terminal ballistics matters little. Paper or plastic are not that resilient and steel is just meant to be struck. In hunting, especially big game like tough wild boars, the cartridge and bullet chosen can spell the difference between dinner or a wounded animal (and possible injury to you).

In this video, Jeff Johnson tests several common cartridges and bullets (.300 Blackout subsonic & supersonic, .5.56, 9mm, and .243 Winchester) on a big wild boar to see what bullets would have killed the hog, and which would have wounded it.  Although the autopsy may make you puke, the results may surprise you.

At an early age Jeff was kicked in the face by an exposed hammer shotgun, stunting his growth but also sparking a passion for guns, hunting and the outdoors. Since the crack of that old gun, he's traveled the world, hunting, shooting and writing for national outdoor magazines. His Youtube page adds a bit of practicality to tacticality, dispels hunting and shooting myths, gives fairly honest reviews of guns and gear because he's not beholden to anyone, and offers real-world based tips--that might well be wrong. Rest assured, Jeff is no Navy SEAL, although he stayed at a Holiday Inn once in San Diego.