Ok, on the homestead, it is a fact of life, we kill to live. This past week, I went to a friends house. He has raised and slaughtered hundreds upon hundreds of pigs. This was only my third or fourth time with a pig, so I was more learning than helping. The very first time I ever slaughtered a pig I was about 16 and used a sledge hammer on the pig, it was the way my uncle did his pigs. I didn't think it was very effective, but he did it that way for a long time. The last couple pigs I killed I used my 9MM and it was pretty quick and effective. The stupid part during that adventure was that the pig was in an open 3 acre pasture and after the first pig was downed, it was EXTREMELY difficult to down the last one. So this last week, at my friends house, we had the pig isolated that was to be slaughtered, and this friend used his .22 rifle that he usually uses. He get behind the pigs ear and shoots into the temple. This pig was the hardest he ever slaughtered. He shot it 10 times with his .22 and then had me shoot it twice with my 9MM, he also sliced the pigs cartoid (a clean cut) and this pig lived for 30 minutes after this, it was bled out, as was evidenced when we skinned and split it. Are there just some animals that are harder than others or is there a better way to do this. What say ye? Before you assume that is wasn't done right, again let me assure you, that this gentleman has killed hundreds of animals, if not more than a thousand. This particluar animal was a pig, but how about larger animals in general?