Boar Hunting with Extreme Shock High Performance Ammunition

 

by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn

May 7th, 2007

UPDATED November 24th, 2010

 

 

 

UPDATE:

"Beauty and the Beast"

Mrs. Rachel Klinger of Wise, VA and the 450-pound Russian boar she harvested with one shot using an Extreme Shock 32 H&R 60-grain bullet at 1210 fps.

 

These days, shooters have it better than ever when it comes to ammo selection for their favorite weapons. I remember a time when, to get really high performance ammo, you had to roll your own. Today, there are several ammunition makers who specialize in making ammo that rides the cutting edge of performance. One such company with which I have recently became familiar is Extreme Shock Munitions of Clintwood, Virginia. I was contacted by the PR folks for Extreme Shock, and was sent some ammo to try out. Subsequently, I was invited to go on a wild boar hunt in East Tennessee with Jeff Mullins, the head honcho at Extreme Shock. More on the hog hunt later.

Extreme Shock makes some very interesting and unusual cartridges, for rifle, pistol, and shotgun. Some are tailored for hunting, while others are very specialized anti-personnel rounds, which are in use world-wide by military types and civilian contractors doing anti-terrorist operations.  The criteria for the Extreme Shock ammo is to offer very specific penetration for the job at hand, along with extreme soft tissue disruption. Most of the Extreme Shock ammo is made from a base of powdered tungsten metal, which is very dense, and very tough. This tungsten core is swaged into a conventional bullet jacket. The whole thing is lead free, offers a lowered chance of a ricochet, and seldom exits a target. Extreme Shock makes several different mission-specific rounds. Some offer more penetration, some less. Some are built to offer high performance in a subsonic rifle round, and others are built for a very low chance of hard target penetration, for use in airplanes and such.

Our boar hunt was to take place at Caryonah  Hunting Lodge near Crossville, Tennessee. Caryonah has hogs with a lot of European wild boar blood, and some are mixed with Razorback and other bloodlines. A couple of weeks before the hunt, Jeff Mullins sent to me some 9mm ammo to bring on the hunt. See, I was thinking of bringing my Freedom Arms .500 Wyoming Express, .480 Puma levergun, or at least my trusted old .45 Ruger Blackhawk, but he wanted me to use a 9mm pistol! Sure, hogs have been killed with lesser cartridges, but usually under slaughter house conditions, and not in the wooded steep hills. However, in the interest of science, to better inform our readers, and being one to never let good judgment get in the way, I agreed. The pistol would be my Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm, which I have come to trust. It holds eighteen cartridges, and I told Jeff that in the event of a big boar getting really mad at me for shooting him with a 9mm, I would save the last round for myself, and the one before that for him.  From the Smithís barrel, the 9mm EPR round clocked 1279 feet-per-second velocity.

I met up with Jeff at the Cracker Barrel restaurant just outside of Crossville for some lip-smacking biscuits and gravy before heading out a few miles to Caryonah for the hunt.  My Cracker Barrel gravy addiction is one of my character flaws. I have been known to eat it with a spoon. A dash of habanero sauce really brings that stuff to life! Arriving at the lodge, we loaded into a well-used Chevy (it is rude to refer to a manís truck as "beat up") and headed back into the woods.  Like much of Tennessee, the area around Crossville is steep and rocky. I believe that if Tennessee was mashed out flat that it just might be the biggest state in the union. After our guide dropped us off somewhere in the deep woods, it didnít take long for us to realize that a lighter breakfast would have been better idea. From the tracks and other sign, Caryonah has plenty of hogs, but the brush is pretty thick in places, and finding a track that still has a hog standing in it is a bit harder to do. Within the first hour of hunting, we spotted a few hogs, but they were on the move, and getting close took some work. Several times I would try to work around a ridge to get in front of some good hogs, but they would spot me before I could get through the brush for a decent shot.

Running through the woods, jumping logs and streams, I could get within range of a shot, but the hogs offered nothing but a rear raking shot. I wanted to shoot through the shoulder on a big boar, as I was there to test the penetration and power of Extreme Shockís 9mm EPR round. I didnít want to shoot  one between the eyes, and I didnít want to slip one in at an angle from behind the shoulder. Both would have certainly been lethal, but I wanted to see if that 9mm could really break down a boarís shoulder after traveling through that  thick coarse hair, tough hide, and shoulder muscle. Jeff Mullins assured me that it would, but I wanted to prove it to myself before I would believe it. It proved to be an interesting morning. I ran a lot more than I thought that I could pursuing hogs, and fell flat on my face once when my legs just gave out.  Thankfully, nobody was there to witness that sight. Spotting several hogs at the edge of a small pond (that is a "tank" to you Texas types), I eased down through the brush to get into position for a possible shot.  They spotted me and headed off up a ridge. While wondering what I could do to work my way above them, from my left comes a lone Russian cross boar heading towards a small opening in the brush. Waiting for him to present a shot, he finally offered me a piece of shoulder through an opening. He was only about thirty yards away, but I was above him, and shot lower than I had intended.  He didnít fall, but was definitely hit. He started off up the ridge, and I slowly followed, hoping that he would lay down. I thought that the shot was good, and wanted to do the job with one shot if I could. However, I decided to give him another. That second shot hit a small sapling that jumped between me and the boar. Saplings tend to do that in Tennessee.  The next shot hit the shoulder, and the hog went down hard. During the autopsy, it was apparent that the first shot had entered forward of the shoulder and traversed about thirteen inches of meat, shredding the jugular in the process.  Had I left him alone, he would have soon expired from that first shot, but you never know.  We found a small piece of bullet jacket poking through the hair. The rest of the bullet disintegrated in the boar.  The shot to the shoulder broke the shoulder bone. Boning out the boar at home, the shoulder bone looked as if it had been hit with a bullet from a high-powered rifle, yet the shoulder was not ruined as it would have been with a high velocity rifle round. I was impressed. I could poke my finger through the shoulder blade. The bone was not merely cracked, but the bone in the bulletís path had simply disappeared.

The boar proved to be a tasty one, as have the other wild boars that I have killed. Unlike domestic hogs, these Russian-blood hogs have huge thick meaty ribs. There is less fat than on a farm-raised hog, but there was plenty present to make some very good bratwurst. The guide estimated the boar to go a bit over 300 pounds, and after packaging up the ribs and loins, I had a lot of boned-out meat to grind.

This was my first experience with Extreme Shock ammo, but I plan to do a lot of testing in the future, of both their pistol and rifle cartridges. They also have a very unique shotgun slug cartridge that promises low recoil and excellent performance, called their CTJ round, which stands for "Come to Jesus".

Extreme Shock ammunition is not cheap, but for the performance offered, is a good value. I never scrimp on ammo for my carry guns, and try to use the very best available. If ever in a situation where you might need your defensive weapon, you will most certainly need it quickly, and any handgun is a compromise. It should be loaded with the best ammunition that you can find. Your life depends upon it.

Check out the full line of Extreme Shock ammo at:  www.extremeshockusa.net/.

While this was my first hunt at Caryonah Lodge, it wonít be my last. They have a first class operation, and offer a real hunt and great service. Check them out at  www.caryonah.com.

Jeff Quinn

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Extreme Shock's high performance ammunition.

 

 

 

 

Extreme Shock's Jeff Mullins (top) and the author (bottom) pose with Jeff's boar.

 

 

 

 

Only one small jacket fragment was recovered from Jeff's boar - the rest of the bullet disintegrated inside the animal, dumping all its energy in the process.

 

 

Jeff's first shot traveled about 13 inches inside the boar, shredding the jugular.

 

 

This is the congealed blood from the animal's shredded jugular. The Extreme Shock ammo performed perfectly.

 

 

The inside of the shoulder shows quarter-sized penetration of the bone.

 

 

Jeff Mullins and our Caryonah guide dragging out the boar.

 

 

Meat on the pole at Caryonah Lodge. Author's boar is on the left.

 

 

Author turned most of the boar into some fine bratwurst.