We are going to be butchering a sow in the next week or two. The last one we butchered was a real pain to kill and it effected the taste of the meat. It was also very upsetting for us. We have always shot the pig in the forehead like we've always been told it's done. Sometimes they go down quick but other times they don't. The old timers around here say that's just the way it goes sometimes with pigs. When we butcher goats we shoot them from behind at the base of the skull and they have always dropped instantly. Has anyone ever killed a hog this way. Sugar (the pig) has been good to us and we don't want to see her suffer at all, but her work here is thru. Now her job will to be filling freezers with sausage. There is also her size to consider. She is around 550# and if she doesn't drop right away it could get a bit dangerous. She is normally very gentle, but I know we can't count on that if she was just wounded and not killed right away. We've actually put this off for several weeks now because of our concerns about this. My husband gets very upset if he is not able to put an animal down quick. He hates to see an animal suffer. He doesn't understand why he's had problems with this as he has hunted for years and always makes good clean shots and the animals go right down. Also husband was wondering if maybe standing a little further back when shooting them would help? In the past he has always shot with the gun maybe 4-5 inches from the pig. It never fails they will move just as he pulls the trigger. The last one he was finally able to get while standing appx. 20 feet from it. Maybe further back would make them less nervous? Your replies would be appreciated. Thanks!