Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, May 25, 2007

Now That's a Big Hog!

Story here.

UPDATE FROM TOM: If that's .50 cal and a revolver, it must be the Smith & Wesson Model 500. "Considering this is a .50 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow your head CLEAN OFF, you need to ask yourself a question... 'Do I feel lucky?'... Well, DO ya, PIG?"


Tom Forbes said...

Is that a .44 Magnum? It would have to be to bring that monster down.

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...


Michael said...

According to the AP story, he used a .50 caliber. I'm guessing .50 AE? I dunno. I doubt that many people at AP know diddly about firearms.

"If the claims are accurate, Jamison Stone's trophy boar would be bigger than Hogzilla, the famed wild hog that grew to seemingly mythical proportions after being killed in south Georgia in 2004.

Hogzilla originally was thought to weigh 1,000 pounds and measure 12 feet long. National Geographic experts who unearthed its remains believe the animal actually weighed about 800 pounds and was 8 feet long.

Regardless of the comparison, Jamison is reveling in the attention over his pig.

"It feels really good," Jamison said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big."

Jamison, who killed his first deer at age 5, was hunting with father Mike Stone and two guides in east Alabama on May 3 when he bagged Monster Pig. He said he shot the huge animal eight times with a .50-caliber revolver and chased it for three hours through hilly woods before finishing it off with a point-blank shot."

Michael said...

If that revolver is a .50 magnum, then that's one tough kid to shoot it. I looked up the ballistics on the .50 magnum and I would expect that it to be very unpleasant to shoot, even with those muzzle brakes.
I don't mind shooting my .300 Winchester magnum or my shotguns, but I've never liked recoil on a handgun. The largest handgun I've ever fired was a .44 magnum and I've never wanted to repeat it. I'm sure a .50 is out of my league.

Tom Forbes said...

Here's some info on the Model 500 from Popular Mechanics:

In those guns, muzzle rise on recoil can reach 90° and present a hazard to the shooter. With even the heaviest 500 Magnum load tested, muzzle rise was confined to the 50° range and there was never any concern about the shooter wearing an imprint of the front sight in his forehead. That does not mean it's a pussycat. Make no mistake about it, this is not a handgun for the timid or the inexperienced. In comparison tests, the lightest 500 load--the 275-grain jacketed hollowpoint at 1665-ft.-per-second (fps) velocity--produced a modest, but noticeable, increase in recoil levels over a S&W Model 629 .44 Magnum. Anyone who is uncomfortable with the .44 Magnum will be decidedly uncomfortable with the 500 Magnum. The 440 cast-lead load at 1625 fps raised the recoil bar significantly. Muzzle rise still remained under 50° and placed little or no stress on the wrists, but the rearward thrust absorbed by the shooting hand began to become uncomfortable after 10 to 15 rounds. A shooting glove would have mitigated some of that.

Still, considering that the projectile weight and velocity of this load is virtually identical to a 1-ounce 12-ga. rifled lead shotgun slug--and that the 500 Magnum operates at over four times the pressure level of the slug--the recoil was less than expected. We'd say that Dirty Harry would certainly approve.

In any case, pretty impressive for a sixth grader, who shot the hog 8 times, plus the coup de grace.

As the Popular Mechanics article states:

Those heading to Alaska, Africa or even Jurassic Park will want the 440-grain hard-cast lead, gas checked, flat point load. At 1625 fps and 2580 ft.-lb. of energy, it will handle anything a handgun hunter is likely to pursue.

KATANA said...

it`s a 50.mag probably im only 12 but i know a BUTT load of guns i study`em I study war and military,ma favorite guns are:M1-Grand,Thompson,M-16,AR-15,and my favorite handgun is...DESERT EAGLE!