Originally Posted by hkruss
So I am going hog hunting in a couple of weeks and I have a couple of questions for you.
First, which rifle should I use? I only have a Garand and an AR. I figured the Garand. 30.06, plenty of power, although a little heavy to lug around all day. Then a guy at work says use the AR. It seems silly to even ask, but it just seems to me that the AR with a 55 grain FMJ and less knockdown power is insufficient for the task. He contends that the faster bullet will have little trouble penetrating a tough hog hide and the bullet is sufficient if properly placed. Is he full of crap or is there any merit to his argument?
The other question is, where is your aiming point on a broadside hog? I was thinking right behind the shoulder but a little below the center line of the body. And would you recommend a neck shot instead, if he is close enough? Thanks
Well, if you're anything like most others who try hog hunting, once you try it, you'll be hooked, just like getting hooked on deer hunting. That Garand will definitely work well, no doubt. But since you'll now become a "hog hunter"
you'll surely need a new rifle, just for that!
Now when you go shopping for it, I'd say take a look at some short handy rifles (read that lever actions) and pay particular attention to the fine 30/30, .308 Win, .308 ME, .338 ME, .35 Rem, .358 Win, .444 Marlin and of course that great oldie the 45-70.
My favorite.... the BLR in .358 Win. sweeeet!!
Enjoy your hunt! (and aim tight
behind the shoulder, or right on the lower shoulder!)