Savage .308 Hog Hunter


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cnoteleo
July 22, 2012, 10:42 PM
I am going to buy the Hog Hunter from savage. I have had great luck with them. Does anyone know if the iron sights are removable from this gun?

Thanks,

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cnoteleo
July 23, 2012, 09:12 PM
Anyone????

meanmrmustard
July 23, 2012, 10:25 PM
Why do you want to remove them? It seemed to me the shorter barrel, scout rifle type setup was ideal for a hog hunting rifle, I.e.: why they made it the way they did...could be wrong.

adelbridge
July 23, 2012, 10:46 PM
they are removable. makes it much easier if you want to mount your scope low. I shoot most of my hogs at night so open sights are useless more often than not.

TexasPatriot.308
July 24, 2012, 06:35 AM
another rifle being touted as different. all my rifles are hog rifles from my .17hmr to my AR10s and any bolt action in any caliber in between. when I am in the brush, cant beat a .30-30 or 12 gauge, long range, any of my .308s.

Craigman
July 24, 2012, 03:53 PM
I have one with a fairly low mounted scope. The Irons are still there. No bother at all.

TP.308:
Nothing wrong with "different" rifles. Do you want them to stop making new cars cause there are enough cars to do whet we need them to do? Do you want the Pro Gun tthoughts and new markering to dry up cause its all been done already and what you have will do it just fine. New guns and New gun owners are a GOOD thing. Saves our sport from extenction.

wtxj
July 24, 2012, 06:18 PM
I bought one about a month ago. Havn't taken the time to even clean it yet.
Shame, but lots going on. I'll leave the irons on when the scope is put on.
Going to be fun to play with for sure.

meanmrmustard
July 25, 2012, 07:24 AM
I have one with a fairly low mounted scope. The Irons are still there. No bother at all.

TP.308:
Nothing wrong with "different" rifles. Do you want them to stop making new cars cause there are enough cars to do whet we need them to do? Do you want the Pro Gun tthoughts and new markering to dry up cause its all been done already and what you have will do it just fine. New guns and New gun owners are a GOOD thing. Saves our sport from extenction.
I kinda agree with TP308 on this one. Seems gimmicky on the part of Savage, which they don't need gimmicks. It's like Mossberg selling a lever action "tactical" 30-30 with zombie stickers and junk on it, like rails and M4 stock. Same for this hog gun, they're marketing it as a hog hunting rifle while just about every rifle Savage makes already IS a hog worthy rifle. It's the old adage about putting a high sheen on a turd.

If all it took were fancy paint jobs and goofy names on the side to get more folks shooting, then we're already doomed. YMMV.

Craigman
July 25, 2012, 09:18 AM
That mossberg is super rediculous! Agreed!!!!!!!

My reason for it is kinda like a cheap Target gun. With the heavier barrel I can shoot it more without it stringing, and its suppressor ready. All for around $400! What other gun compares in that price range? I could care less what its called. It's a .308 that functions well and has iron sights. The name may turn some on or off but people that know what they want in a gun buy what they want. We don't even have hogs here, thank god, but its a Damn good deer and target gun.

mdauben
July 25, 2012, 10:47 AM
It's the old adage about putting a high sheen on a turd.
That would imply that Savage is trying to sell sub-standard guns (i.e. "turds") by use of flashy cosmetics or disengenouous marketing (the "high sheen"). I would hardly consider Savage products to be "sub-standard". Sure, the marketing is a bit of a gimick, to try cashing in on the growing popularity of hog hunting, but they are producing what appears to be a good quality gun with a set of specs/features that at least some people think make it particuarly well suited for hog hunting.

No reason to critisize Savage for trying to make money with an honest product. ;)

Jason_W
July 25, 2012, 11:23 AM
I handled one in a local shop the other day and I liked the way it felt. No hogs up here, but I'm sure it would be great for thick brush deer hunting.

I was disinterested in bolt actions as a whole until a few manufacturers started making what I call "brush friendly" bolt actions.

The Ruger Scout looks cool, but the savage Hog Hunter can be had for a few hundred less and I really don't need an expensive 10 round magazine.

adelbridge
July 25, 2012, 11:35 AM
no one has mentioned the fact that it has a threaded muzzle. In Texas we can use suppressors to hunt game animals. It would cost me at least one month down time and depreciation from alterations if I sent one of my bolt guns off to be threaded. It runs about $200 for gun smithing, add in a box of $30 ammo and $15 for range fees plus and the hog hunter is a bargain.

meanmrmustard
July 25, 2012, 08:26 PM
That would imply that Savage is trying to sell sub-standard guns (i.e. "turds") by use of flashy cosmetics or disengenouous marketing (the "high sheen"). I would hardly consider Savage products to be "sub-standard". Sure, the marketing is a bit of a gimick, to try cashing in on the growing popularity of hog hunting, but they are producing what appears to be a good quality gun with a set of specs/features that at least some people think make it particuarly well suited for hog hunting.

No reason to critisize Savage for trying to make money with an honest product. ;)
Nah, it's a gimmick. Savage has the ability to rest on laurels of fine craftsmanship, the marketing is not necessary. Purely capitalism, not adding a platform that hasn't been seen. I imagine that, if broken down, it shares most if not all features in some variance or combination with other rifles in their lines. I've fondled one at the LGS: Impractical as its not in any way compact "feeling", bit heavy to be totable or on the move, like the sights (fan of tangent) but the stock feels plastic, and a bargain rifle with a threaded barrel is like a Gremlin with a supercharger in it; unnecessary at best. Plan on using subsonics to make a suppressor viable? Guess you could, but I'd just buy the cheap Walmart stuff to make it all hog-friendly. There's many a Savage that is light weight, optic friendly, and easily qualifies as a hog rifle. End of rant, promise.

dprice3844444
July 25, 2012, 09:13 PM
leave the sights on in case of scope malfunction or damage

Kachok
July 26, 2012, 12:15 AM
I think the hog hunter is kind of cool, a little off balance for me (front heavy) but a cool idea for sure. A 338fed shooting 250-300gr sub sonic loads would be better for a suppressed hog dropper but I suppose the 308 will do the trick with a 1:10" twist (240gr weldcore anyone :) )

a-sheepdog
July 26, 2012, 06:41 PM
A 338 Federal would be a nice option, I would certainly be interested. On the other hand, I feel comfortable with a 308 Win for hogs. I generally shoot them in their heads when possible so even a smaller caliber would be okay.

Kachok
July 26, 2012, 09:58 PM
Sub sonic 55gr 223 vs 400lbs feral hog = FAIL! Sub sonic 300gr 338 vs 400lbs hog= Prok chops

dubbleA
July 26, 2012, 10:21 PM
no one has mentioned the fact that it has a threaded muzzle. In Texas we can use suppressors to hunt game animals.


Only partially true, the law doesnt take effect until Sept 1st 2012


I think the hog hunter is kind of cool, a little off balance for me (front heavy) but a cool idea for sure. A 338fed shooting 250-300gr sub sonic loads would be better for a suppressed hog dropper but I suppose the 308 will do the trick with a 1:10" twist (240gr weldcore anyone )

Wishful thinking........Shooting heavy for caliber bullets at sub sonic velocities (-1100fps) require fast twisted barrels. I doubt very seriously that a 1:10 will stabilize a 240 weldcore. This could be disasterous to a suppressor if not tried out before hand if it doesnt stabilize. Savage has already dropped the ball with the 300 Blackout by not providing a 1:7-1:8 twist needed to run subsonics successfully.

adelbridge
July 26, 2012, 10:33 PM
Only partially true, the law doesnt take effect until Sept 1st 2012


we have been able to hunt hogs with suppressors for a long time. The new law allows hunting of deer with suppressors starting this years gun season.

The_Armed_Therapist
July 26, 2012, 10:34 PM
It's kind of funny... I was recently re-familiarizing myself with the Savage line of rifles and was attracted to the Hog Hunter BECAUSE of the iron sights. It's literally (I think) the only Savage rifle in a larger caliber that has them... So you're saying that you want the one that comes with them to be taken off? LOL... Just ironic, I guess.

dubbleA
July 26, 2012, 10:58 PM
Quote:
Only partially true, the law doesnt take effect until Sept 1st 2012

we have been able to hunt hogs with suppressors for a long time. The new law allows hunting of deer with suppressors starting this years gun season.

In Texas, the FERAL HOG IS NOTconsidered a game animal and therfore suppressors CAN be used just as with exotic game, perfectly legal to use suppressed weapons.

Now you take a common squirrel, that is considered a GAME ANIMAL here in Texas as there are seasons and bag limits for them in 30+ counties. AS much as I want to use one of my suppressed rifles on ol bushytail YOU CAN NOT TAKE A SQUIRREL LEGALLY WITH A SUPPRESSED FIREARM UNTIL SEPT 1ST.


A animal is considered a "GAME" animal when there are bag limits set and seasons for them in Texas.

More info can be had on the TPWD's website, hope this helps.

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