|The Evanix Sniper Carbine: Mid Bore Meets Big Boar
Man this was ugly, I had a really pissed off boar with 3” cutters glaring at me from inside the seven yard line. I’d been chasing him
when he spun to face off, with me right behind him and my cameraman (Clay) behind me. Later I told Clay I wasn’t that worried
because I thought I could outrun him while he was loaded down with his camera gear, to which he responded he thought he’d
have been able to keep me between him and the pig….. with the added advantage of getting great footage of me being chewed on
by this porcine linebacker.
Let me back up and tell you how I found myself in this position. We’d been predator calling for two days in central Texas, and in
the full moon it was tough. We’d covered literally hundreds of miles and only had a couple fox come in, but then hang up out of
range. Very unusual for this area, and with the guy I was hunting with, who is a predator calling machine. It was late afternoon and
we were filming some background information for our American Airgunner program, when we heard a bang. One of the guys had
seen a big hog come out of the thickets bordering a flooded area in the distance. He’d gotten off a shot and a bad hit. The hog
stumbled, but then popped up and headed for the high grass.
I grabbed the Evanix Sniper .35 that I often use for close range predator hunting (my big bore was sitting empty, the reason for
which is too long to tell but not the fault of the rifle) and took off at a quick clip to the grassy area I’d seen the pig enter. As he ran I
got a 35 yard offhand quartering shot into the shoulder, which quite honestly just irritated him more. The boar started to turn but
changed his mind and kept moving forward through the thick stuff. We cut across the field and got into a position where I had
another quartering shot. I dropped the 77 grain pellet right behind his ear which staggered him.
And this is where I entered the story; instead of falling over, he spun directly in front of me with bloodshot eyes, frothing mouth, and
great big tusk painting a formidable picture. This brought me to a full and immediate stop, with my gun coming up, while splitting
my mental processes between getting the shot and finding an escape hatch. I sent the first shot right between the eyes, dropping
the boar, simultaneously stepping to the side while cocking and shooting stacking up three more head shots as insurance. The
pig stayed down, and we stared at the animal appreciating just how big he was. I’ve shot close to a hundred pigs with airguns,
and two things were noteworthy with this one; first was size. I am saying 300 lb, but my buddy Don estimated it at 350 lb, and he
has shot Texas ferals numbering in the thousands. It was as big as the biggest hogs I’ve shot, which have been in the 300 lb
class. The second noteworthy observation is how much lead these animals can carry. A .223 in the butt and five .35 pellets before
he dropped for good.
With all the airgun hogs I’ve taken, not to mention those taken with powder burners over the last 30 years, I’ve only had a handful
of pigs turn on me. Generally they want to get away, but this is the second time in a year, so it can happen. I think whether a
wounded pig is running towards or away from you, there is an obligation to put the animal down cleanly.
Now a few thing I’d point out: I don’t count this as an airgun hog in my journal because he was hit first with a firearm. Secondly,
shooting a pig over a feeder when they are relaxed is very different from shooting an aggravated and adrenaline charged
animal….. I’ll stick to a more powerful big bore in future thank you very much. I used my predator hunting airgun, because that’s
what I had and I got into the grass with the pig faster than the guy with the .223. And lastly, this is why I consider shooting a pig
with a smaller caliber/lower powered rig a specialty application. If shooting in a very controlled close range environment, it is
effective though I do think you’ll eventually loose animals. When I say low powered I mean a .25 doing 75 fpe, and I really believe
less power is unethical because you will loose animals. And to the guys shooting them with really low powered guns (i.e
standard caliber springers), my opinion is that they should maybe spend a bit more time thinking about what they are doing…..
But I'll step off my soapbox here: I will say that a .35 100 fpe left me feeling markedly undergunned when standing on the ground
in front of a big and angry hog!
I was on a predator hunt in
Texas, using a gun that I've
really come to like for
coyote sized game called
the Evanix Sniper Carbine,
a compact gun in ,357 that
is generating about 100
fpe. A pig happened by and
another member of our
made a bad shot hitting the
rear quarter which sent
the big pig running into
the tall grass. I grabbed my
rifle and took off on foot
trying to intercept the pig,
and thats where my story