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Benjamin NP2 .22 Hog Hunt, .....Story, Video & Pics.
« on: March 10, 2016, 02:32:39 AM »
The trades where blowing strong and cold today, perfect conditions to hunt my Ground blind by the feeder.


******WARNING********



Don't try this unless :

You extensively have tested your chosen ammo penetration.

You have a deep understanding of the quarry anatomy and a complete knowledge of where, how and when to shoot.

You have practiced like no other and can put that pellet consistently in Half the size of the intended target all the time, and always on a cold shot,...groups when you shooting a lot mean nothing,that fists shot from cold means everything.

OK, back to previously scheduled programs  ;D ;D

I got to my Blind at 1 PM, I was carrying the NP2 loaded with the 21gr Baracuda so I made myself comfortable on the ground and started the waiting Game.

At Quarter to 4 I noticed a real nice Black boar approaching, it got to about 30 yards, stopped, started to circle a bit and took of in a hurry, something spooked it,......Maybe that was good, this boar would have been borderline shootable with the current equipment...I think.

At quarter to 5 this very respectable Blond/Grey young Boar comes in, Its very, very skittish, takes several approaches to the bait only to do a quick Uturn and dart back, I'm trying to turn on the camcorder without doing any damaging movement and every time I'm about to hit start the boar takes off again.

after more than half a dozen times I'm thinking it's gonna go for good anytime now, when all of a sudden he actually comes in.

I start the recorder and now it's time to pick up the rifle without getting busted  ;D ;D ;D

I let the Video take over from now :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUcyrfIO--4&feature=youtu.be




I shot many, many Porkers with PCPs, but this one with a 20 FPE break barrel was exhilarating, .....adrenaline was flowing like crazy, believe me  ;D ;D ;D











« Last Edit: March 21, 2016, 01:02:15 AM by Nomadic Pirate »
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2016, 02:48:48 AM »
Well done, Manny!!
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2016, 03:08:46 AM »
Absolutely amazing hunt.

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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2016, 05:15:29 AM »
Wow! I didn't think you could top your previous hunts, but this....just wow.

Great video too, he dropped like a rock.
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2016, 06:19:13 AM »
 Great hunt Manny. David
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2016, 06:48:08 AM »
Nice one Manny!
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2016, 06:57:31 AM »
Very impressive brother 8) and your a perfect example of a hunter who does his homework resulting in a successful hunt start to finish. Hunting with a smaller caliber along with the lower power vs PCP just shows all that it can be done if done right. Pinpoint shot placement and super vid Manny 8) and I had no doubt that you would find success. I could hear in the vid that you were amped up for the hunt. ;) Super pics as well bro and thanks for sharing you successful hunt with us. ;D Ed
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2016, 07:46:40 AM »
This has been an amazing journey you've shared with us from pondering the quest to selecting the gun all the way through to this. What a tribute and testimony to your skills and knowledge. Outstanding project and results Manny. You're like the Peyton Manning of air gun hunting; lots of talent but a mountain of prep work to make it look easy in the end. Congrats.
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2016, 09:31:50 AM »
Great job Manny, thanks for having us along.
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2016, 11:09:33 AM »
Awesome hunt Manny! Makes me that much more proud to own my Trail NP2 now!  Perfect shot placement, perfect choice of pellet, went down like a rock!
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2016, 11:43:57 AM »
  nice...I with the pirate again.i was thinking of hog hunting here with my 25 Mrod but wasn't sure it could do the job,but now I see it can and will do the job.
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2016, 12:39:12 PM »
Awesome stuff Manny!!!
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2016, 01:31:30 PM »
Nice job Manny and the video says it all.  I give you a lot of credit for switching to Springers to hunt hogs.

There is not a skull or brain out there that can't be damaged from a 20fpe gun in the US other than a bear and very large antelope/deer like moose, elk and maybe ram, given the proper distance.  The 21gr Cuda/Kodiak would have been my choice too if I used a Springer on anything larger than 10lbs.  This pellet offers excellent penetration.  I got complete pass-through on Groundhogs and possums from 25 to 30 yards out with head shots using the 350 .22 (21.6 fpe) and 21gr Kodiaks.

Congrats on the hog kill with your NP2!

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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2016, 01:56:42 PM »
So much for the guy who said not to shoot facing you. You really rattled his brains! Very nice!
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2016, 02:03:47 PM »
So much for the guy who said not to shoot facing you. You really rattled his brains! Very nice!


Huh ??? ??? ?

The head was down and he was offering a square shot at the top of the skull.

You don't take the shot head on if the head is up and facing you, this one was a textbook shot and I waited until he was perfectly in line.

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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2016, 02:10:10 PM »
So much for the guy who said not to shoot facing you. You really rattled his brains! Very nice!

That would be correct if it was facing you but did not have its head down.  You want to shoot them when the head is down. That's when they expose the brain to you, and that's what Manny did.

I always shoot raccoons when they put their head down (fox, coyote, etc.).  I prefer this type of shot than any other for furbearers or larger critters, and it should be no different for hogs with a "lower" powered airgun.

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« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2016, 02:35:34 PM »
Enjoyed the report and video  very much, thanks for sharing with us.  Excellent hunt. 

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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2016, 02:38:04 PM »
Well that's what I meant. I'm well aware that head down is the best shot. Back on topic. Sorry
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2016, 02:42:48 PM »
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Re: Benjamin NP2 Hog Hunt, Story, Video & Pics
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2016, 02:49:57 PM »
 ;) Manny, If it ever happens that it all goes into the toilet it is obvious that if you make it past day one you will not go hungry. You are the consummate hunter  you do not take a shot until it is near perfect and the results of your many hunts are the proof of your skills and patience. Nicely done again congrats again brother
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