Jim Shockey Shooting Hogs With An Air Rifle – Benjamin Rogue .357
February 3, 2012
I have a feeling we’re going to start hearing more and more about air rifle hunting… not only the hunting stories, but discussions about the ethics of using these “low-powered” rifles to kill game animals. It’s an area of firearms and hunting in which I’m only slightly immersed, but it is an area that holds a lot of interest to me. Hunting is the primary purpose for my Marauder (even though it hasn’t really had a chance yet).
Anyway, Jim Shockey is really on the forefront of celebrity hunters who are embracing the airgun technology. He’s become a regular spokesman for Crosman and Benjamin airguns, and he’s on video now hunting everything from grouse and rabbits to wild hogs.
Yes. Wild hogs. With an airgun.
Of course these aren’t ordinary airguns. Lately, he’s been doing a lot of hunts with the Benjamin Rogue, .357. I had the opportunity to shoot the prototype of this rifle last year, and they’ve done a lot of work to get it into production. It’s an incredibly accurate gun, and delivers some pretty significant impact on target. With the Nosler hunting bullets, I have no doubt this is plenty of gun for stuff like coyotes and bobcats. Hogs, though, are a different question. Shockey answers the question, though, in a series of videos on YouTube,including the one below. A well-placed shot at close range is definitely enough to bring down a pig.
But is it a good idea? What do you guys think?