I was back out in Central Texas on a hog hunt last week, and had four days, so also planned to get in some small game and predator hunting. On the first morning I decided to go after rabbits with one of my all time favorite small game guns, the Brocock Compatto, since hog hunting is better at dusk during the hot summer months. I’d only seen the tail end of a couple cottontails when I heard a squeal, and slowly started working my way over towards the sound.
Peering through the thicket I could see four or five small pigs in a wallow, at 80 yards according to my range finder. Picking a spot about 40 yards from the pigs I slowly worked my way along the edge of the a break in the cedars, until things opened up. I dropped to the ground and scooted the last ten yards on my butt, hidden in the tall grass.
Wanting to get video footage, I pushed my camera on a tripod in front of me. Slanting the screen down so I could see the viewer I slowly moved to a break in the tall grass where I could see the pigs. When they stopped to look, I stopped…. When heads went down I continued my set up. On the way over I’d left another camera pointing at the spot I now sat in so that I had both me and the hogs being recorded.
Slowly and quietly cocking the little semis Bullpup, I brought the gun up and waited for one of the pigs, the biggest of this group of small 40-60 lb animals, to give me a broadside and hold up for a few seconds. Dropping the crosshairs of the Hawke scope one the ear, I squeezed the shot, and with a muffle thud the pig rolled over (into the mud) DRT….dead right there as my buddy Scott says. The combination of the Compatto, JSB 14.35 grain Diabolo pellet, and Hawke optics was extremely effective on this pig.
I walked over and pulled the little boar out of the mud, a very smelly and messy undertaking! As I was getting some pictures I heard some fighting back behind where I’d started, and made my way back into the dense thicket, but found nothing. I was on my way back to my gear, and was moving quietly because there seem to be hogs everywhere! Coming around a bend, I was surprise to see three more pigs moving to the water hole. I shuffled back to about 45 yards, a dozen or so feet from where I’d shoot the first pig an hour earlier. This time I was pinned down and my only shot option had to be from the knee. Dropping down and just barely able to see over the grass, I brace my forward arm on my lead knee and to the shot. As with the first, this pig rolled over dead.
Ok, I might as well address this right now. I am not a big fan of underpowered small caliber guns for hog hunting. The reason I felt secure in this situation was that everything came together; I could get inside of 45 yards, the pigs were small, and just the night before when checking my guns zero, It had turned into a three hour plinking session and from 20 to 60 yards I was not missing with this gun ……. I felt 99% that if I could get inside of 50 yards, I could put the pellet anywhere I wanted it to go. So I’m not going to be the guy to tell you not to do something then turn around and do it myself. But if you are going to do this, have the discipline to know what animal you’ll shoot and what you won’t. If this had been a 150 lb boar I’d have passed. If I couldn’t get inside of 50 yards and the perfect head (brain) shot I’d have passed.If I wasn’t completely comfortable and sure of my gun ….. You guessed it, I’d have passed!
But with this disclaimer aside, the Brocock Compatto brings a lot to the table; pinpoint accuracy, power (32 fpe), ergonomics, compactness, quiet …… A really superior hunting gun! I’ll have the video posting later in the week.
Stop by for a look at the video. https://youtu.be/qaA7H6xrhSY
BTW: We’re getting really close to the EBR, if you’re there and see me, stop to say hello….. I’m always interested to meet fellow airgunners!