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11 Best 300 Blackout Rounds For Hammering Hogs

I know a few people who have killed more wild hogs than I have… but not many. I’ve shot them with everything from archery gear, .22 LR all the way up to .375 Holland & Holland. The cartridge that stands as my “go-to” caliber of choice for hogs is the 300 Blackout (or 300 BLK, 300 AAC), which has easily eclipsed 100 dead pigs in my experience.

After a few years as editor of a prominent handloading magazine, I’ve had ample opportunity to kill hogs with bullets ranging from 85 grains moving fast up to 240-grain subsonics. I’m not alone in my porcine-punching preference for the 300 Blackout, so I thought I’d share a few factory loads that bear scrutiny in your own pursuits. So without further ado, here is my list of the best 300 Blackout ammo for hog hunting.

Nosler 125-Grain Ballistic Tip

To kick off my list of the best 300 Blackout ammo for hog hunting, let’s start with Nosler. Known best for their loading components, Nosler loads a wide array of hunting bullets. Their 125-grain Ballistic Tip Hunting bullets have been trusted by hunters for decades. The heavy jacket base prevents bullet deformation during firing and holds together at extreme velocities. Its polycarbonate tip resists deformation in an AR magazine, too. Check around and you’ll be able to find this load for about $2.10 per round.

Nosler 125-Grain Ballistic Tip

Fiocchi 125-grain SST

Fiocchi loaded into a boxer primed, brass case that is re-loadable and carries a 125-grain SST projectile from Hornady. These SST bullets are designed to deliver hard-hitting, controlled expansion at a wide range of velocities. Hornady incorporates a polymer tip on these projectiles to increase the ballistic coefficient and initiate controlled expansion. The cannelure and Interlock ring then take over to maintain the expansion and keep the lead core locked with the copper jacket. About 90% of all Fiocchi rifle rounds are loaded in their Missouri factory, and you can find this load for about $1.00 per round.

Fiocchi 125-grain SST

Sierra 125-Grain GameChanger

Another reloading component king entered the loaded-ammunition business a few years ago, and Sierra’s 125-grain GameChanger load works well on hogs. Also known as the Tipped GameKing, the GameChanger possesses a perfectly concentric jacket, its polymer tip isn’t just an accuracy-enhancing feature. It’s seated in a hollow point nose cavity, so when impact drives it inward it forces the bullet’s dense lead core and thick copper jacket outward. You’ll be able to find this for about $1.45 per round.


Sierra 125-Grain GameChanger

Hornady 135-Grain FTX

Hornady’s 300 AAC Blackout rounds are loaded into boxer primed brass cases that are re-loadable. The projectiles are 135-grain FTX flex tips that exit a 16-inch barrel at 2,085 feet per second. This load can be had for about $1.60 per round.

Hornady 135-Grain FTX

Hornady 190-Grain Sub-X

Even though I’ve killed a couple dozen hogs and deer with subsonic 300 BLK loads, it’s not my favorite way to go. When faced with my next opportunity to shoot a hog with subsonics, I’ll do it with Hornady’s 300 Blackout Subsonic. I’ve recovered every hog I’ve shot with their 190-grain Sub-X bullet. Long grooves in its gilding metal jacket combine with the bullet’s flat profile and the patented Flex Tip insert within its hollow-point cavity to help it expand reliably at low velocities at about $1.60 per round.

Hornady 190-Grain Sub-X

Barnes 110-Grain TAC-TX

Hands down, this is my favorite hog bullet for 300 BLK. The TAC-TX bullets offer controlled double-diameter expansion, maximum penetration at longer ranges. Composed entirely of copper, these bullets have high weight retention and exhibit excellent performance when shot through barriers. Designed specifically for Military and Law Enforcement, these bullets run well in AR-type rifles. Barnes’ factory-loaded fodder will set you back about $2.20 per round.

If you want a little heavier Barnes TAC-TX loaded round, check out their 120-grain loads, too, at about the same price. For more, visit barnesbullets.com.

Barnes 110-Grain TAC-TX

Barnes 110-Grain TAC-TX

Sig Sauer Elite 120-Grain Solid Copper

These superior hunting rounds yield consistent 1.8x diameter expansion using premium-quality primers for minimum velocity variation. Perfected for AR-style rifle feeding, optimized nose geometry and premium nickel-plated shell casings deliver consistently reliable accuracy for taking down game. Expect to shell out about $1.85 per round.

Sig Sauer Elite 120-Grain Solid Copper

Lehigh Defense 115-Grain Controlled Chaos

Lehigh Defense CC Ammunition features the proven Controlled Chaos bullets. This high-quality ammunition is perfect for hunting or pest control. The development of the Controlled Chaos technology was the result of an animal control agency’s request for a no-lead bullet that would provide extensive wound trauma with minimal pass-through energy. The bullet is designed to penetrate to a specific depth and to fracture. At the time of fracture, a massive energy spike is released as the particles break away and radiate outward from the initial trajectory path. This energy spike and resulting temporary cavity sends a shock wave through the animal’s circulatory and nervous systems immediately shutting down the functioning of these systems.

This one comes in at about $2.67 per round.

Lehigh Defense 115-Grain Controlled Chaos

Winchester Deer Season XP 150-Grain Extreme Point Polymer Tip

Accuracy, combined with substantial bullet impact performance means that Deer Season XP is a contender for hog hunting. This load sells for about $1.50 per round.

Winchester Deer Season XP 150-Grain Extreme Point Polymer Tip

Federal Power-Shok 150-Grain Soft Point

Federal Power-Shok is a combination of premium bullets with Federal’s quality reputation. These traditional lead-core hunting bullets in Federal Power-Shok rifle loads provide solid accuracy and power at an affordable price. $1.50 per round.

Federal Power-Shok 150-Grain Soft Point

Remington Core-Lokt Copper 120-Grain

Last on my list of the best 300 Blackout ammo for hog hunting is the Remington Core-Lokt Copper 120-Grain. I haven’t tried these yet on hogs in a 300 BLK, but I know what this new bullet from a 7mm PRC will do to a big mule deer at 350 yards. The performance you’ve come to know and expect from Core-Lokt, now guaranteed with a lead-free bullet. The price isn’t too bad, either, at about $1.80 per round.

Remington Core-Lokt Copper 120-Grain

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