Last week I had the pleasure of taking out one of our 300 Blackout Broadsword SBR prototype rifles with an SEG suppressor on a Friday night impromptu hog hunt with my little hawg-dawg Trigger.
My range has a back area that is typically loaded with hogs after dark and it’s always fruitful if you can wait long enough. Because my range is also a working farm, the pigs tend to only come out sometime between dusk and dawn, which is a tough time to hunt if you’re a working stiff like me. Because of the need for hunting at night, I’ve put together a pretty neat setup near the back property line. Along with a standard corn feeder, I’ve setup a solar powered LED floodlight and a PIR motion sensor that gives a signal via VHF when something is under the feeder. I’ve also learned to keep night vision handy and an IR laser mounted on my rifle, as the big boars don’t seem to like the white floodlight and won’t come underneath it most of the time, electing to go for the corn on the outskirts of the beam.
That night, Trigger and I got lucky and had one come out just after 9pm. We were enjoying dinner by a campfire when the signal came in. So we jumped into my old trusty (and silent) electric cart and made our way down the road to the feeder. We pulled up 100 yards from the feeder and I could see a dark spot under the feeder, but he hadn’t moved enough to trigger the light. So I donned my night vision monocular and flipped the IR laser on.
Through the grainy green view, I could make out that he was roughly a 250lb boar and elected to put a 220 grain SMK through his brain. He was facing right at me, so I put the laser dot on the small box between his eyes and his ears, clicked off the safety and slowly pulled the trigger. PSSSSSSSSST!!!!! the sound of a suppressed 300blk is like no other. The combination of the escaping gasses, the .30 caliber bullet leaving the muzzle and the recoil spring cycling is such a great sound when coupled with the THUMP! of the big 220 grain bullet hitting its target shortly thereafter.
After a couple of kicks, the boar was down and off Trigger went to see what I had shot. When I got down to the pig, it was a perfect shot through the brain pan. I must say, the fast handling of the sub 6lb Broadsword is a delight to have out in the field. When we designed this rifle, this is exactly what was being envisioned: An accurate, hard-hitting, easy handling rifle for field work such as this. The wife promised me some green chili pork stew and it looks like she’s going to have to come through with it! I’ll save a bowl or two for Trigger.