Comparison of AR Ammo for Hunting Hogs at Night

AR Ammo for hunting hogs at night

Many hog hunters will target nighttime wild boars with thermal-image optics. Therefore, we have put together a comparison of AR Ammo for hunting hogs at night.

AR Ammo for Hunting Hogs at Night

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, 42 of 50 U.S. states have established populations of invasive swine. However, these hogs cost American taxpayers about $1.5 billion annually property damage and control efforts.

In addition, hogs account for significant negative impacts on native game populations.

.224 Valkyrie

The breakthrough of Federal Premium‘s .224 Valkyrie was created by necking the proven 6.8 Remington SPC down to .224 caliber. However, there is much more involvement, namely fast rifling twists (1-in-6-inch) allowing proper stabilization of bullets up to 90 gains. The Valkyrie also spits 60-grain varmint pills to 3,300 fps and 90-grain big-game or match bullets to 2,700 fps. The 90 grainner’s high ballistic coefficients (.450 to .563) allow it to remain hypersonic to 1,300 yards. While this creates long-range juggernaut, it also pile drives terminal performance combined with mild recoil.

In addition, the Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie was introduced by Federal’s Valkyrie, both companies beneath the Vista Outdoor umbrella, so there was thorough communication between all involved during R&D. As a result of massive 6.8 SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge) military contracts, Federal is able to offer affordable ammo. With increasing interest, ammo is now available from Hornady (88-grain ELD-Match, .545 BC loaded to 2,675 fps), Underwood Ammunition (72-grain Lehigh Controlled Chaos at 3,100 fps) — with others sure to follow. Federal Premium offers four loads.

6.5 Grendel

The 6.6 Grendel (developed by Bill Alexander of Alexander Arms) is compatible with compact AR-15s and produces marginal recoil. However, high-BC bullets carry energy efficiently.

Once an Alexander Arms proprietary cartridge, following its trademark release and 2012 SAAMI acceptance, both rifles and ammo have become easier and cheaper to find. At last count, 16 different loads were available.

6.8 Remington SPC

The 6.8mm Remington SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge) evolved through a combined effort of Remington and members of the 5th Special Forces Group, U.S. Army Special Operations Command in reaction to reports the 5.56mm NATO had proven unreliable at incapacitating enemy combatants in the field from M4 carbine (AR) rifles with 16-inch barrels. The 6.8mm SPC met those needs with minimal magazine-capacity loss and nominal recoil increases.

The versatility of the SPC allows it to launch 90-grain pills to 3,150 fps and projectiles to 130 grains at 2,600 fps. Heavier bullets proves optimal for thumping the largest boars. To 250 yards the SPC has ballistics mirroring the 6.5 Grendel available.

.300 AAC Blackout

The Blackout hurls heavier bullets that lend the round more hog-killing dependability. The versatile cartridge produces a more powerful AR-15 round without sacrificing magazine and capacity.

Versatility derives from handling 110-grain varmint bullets at 2,400 fps, to 125-grain pills to 2,100 perfect for hogs, all the way up to 208-grain to 225-grain bullets that you can load subsonic (Western Powders’ Accurate A1680 the magic dust equipped rifles. Hornady’s 110-grain GMX monolithic/controlled expansion bullet expands at Blackout velocities, while the Barnes’ 110-grain TAC TX FB, with long polymer tip to boost ballistic coefficients, was designed for Blackout applications, which offers deep penetration with controlled expansion.

.308 Winchester/7.62x47mm NATO

Many serious nighttime hog cullers consider the venerable .308 Winchester in an AR-10 (or modern Springfield Armory M1A) platform ideal.

The .308 in the Ruger’s affordable SR-762 obviously delivers heavier bullets with much more authority than the .300 Blackout, and factory ammo is available in just about every configuration imaginable, from 125-grain varmint bullets to 220-grain round nose.


These are just the basics of AR Ammo for hunting hogs at night. For more information on our customized hunting blind options or to order your customized hunting blinds, contact us with the link below!

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