Hog hunting. Which gun to use?

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  1. Tnhunter

    Tnhunter New Member

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    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!:D

    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!)
  2. Suicide*Ride

    Suicide*Ride New Member

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    Tnhunter; you forgot to mention above, my 2 favorite hog rifle calibers..... 357mag & 44mag. :p

    I've taken more hogs w/ my Winchester Mod.94 44mag "Trapper" [& the 305gr FPPN in my signature] than I can remember. A short, light weight brush gun that uses the same caliber as the small arm I normally carry while hunting.

    SR
  3. Tnhunter

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    I did indeed! Might be because I had a near disaster shooting a big Boar with a Marlin 1894/44 with 270gr SPs. I'd have been much better off with the 305s you mention, or the 340s from B/B. Not sure I'd want to use a .357 tho on a really large hog...lol:eek:.
  4. Olympus

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    The biggest question will be how you plan on hunting them. If you plan on being stationary, then the Garand wins hands down. But if you plan on doing any walking or spot and stalk method, then you'll want the AR. A headshot with the AR is what you're going to want. I go with a large group every year and the only hogs I've seen taken with a .223 have been head shots. You run into fragmentation issues with the .223 when you go for a body shot.

    Personally, I own a .223 and I would never think about taking it with me on a hog hunt. The hogs we hunt are constantly moving and NEVER stand still longer than a second or two. That's just not enough time for me to get comfortable with taking a head shot.
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    You know that little tooth pick that comes with the Swiss Army Knife, That's all you need, Right in the temple, Gets them every time....
  7. hkruss

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    I will leave that method to you snake eaters!

    Apparently, you underestimate my level of cowardice!!!:D



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    That is one big hog! I took a 450 pounder with a bow a while back. Never going to do that again. Lung shot killed him but not until he had chased me and treed me and stood there trying to bite my legs. I jumped as high onto the tree as I could, but white men can't jump, everyone knows that.
    :D:D:D
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