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Hog Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by slickone, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. slickone

    slickone Well-Known Member

    I am contemplating buying a rifle that can take down Hogs. I have read so many opinions. I'm asking what rifle and caliber and scope would be the right one for this. Appreciate your feedback.
  2. RPRNY

    RPRNY Well-Known Member

    That rifle and scope combination with which you are most accurate and comfortable.

    I understand that this is not the detailed description you may have been looking for but it is true. People very successfully earhole pigs with .22lr. I have seen a vid of Jim Shockey taking hogs with a .22 air gun. I would not be comfortable with .22 caliber rifles because I am much more comfortable with neck and lung shots which give you a larger effective target area.

    What are the conditions that you will hunt hogs under. Walking up bottomland usually means pretty close shots. Baited shots are also pretty close. A 336 30-30 with Skinner sights would do you very well. If you are frequently shooting over 100 yards, a good bolt gun with well penetrating rounds in quarter bore and above "deer cartridges" will do you very nicely. Savage makes a Hog Hunter in .308 that seems to be both well designed and well received. I also think an older Remington 7600 in .270, .280, or .308 would make a great hog gun.

    If you can brain shoot them with confidence, .223 seems a perfectly good choice but I am skeptical about 223 performance in neck and lung shots (flaming to commence shortly). I would say 120 gr or more at terminal velocities for your hunting conditions that provide good expansion. Unless, you have some kind of long-range hog hunting conditions, open sights or a low powered "shot gun" scope would do you fine - the Simmons Pro Hunter 1.5x5/32 for example is a great budget scope for such a rifle.
  3. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    savage hog hunter 308
    marlin 336 35 rem or 30-30
    308 marlin express
    mossberg 30-30
    marlin xl7 243 or 308
    mossberg 100 atr 243 or 308
    savage stevens 200 in 243 or 308
    your options are practically endless.

    As far as scopes go, the redfield revolution in 3-9x40 with an accurange reticle would be a good choice.
  4. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Well, I use a Remington 673 Guide gun in .350 Rem Mag topped with an ATN Mk 390 Paladin NVRS. But I only get to go after hogs once a year for 2-3 days, so I want to be sure that I have every edge in case we don't see many. So far, we only ever see them at night, the shot angles aren't always great, and they spook easily.
  5. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    I agree with the distinguished gentleman from New York...the Remington 760/7600 pump is a great hog rifle.

    A friend of mine has a Remington 760 Carbine with the 18.5 inch barrel in .30-06 with a spotlight mounted to the scope tube for nighttime (Legal in Texas for Hogs) hunting. With a 10 round aftermarket magazine it is devastating on hogs...I call it The Redneck Assault Rifle.

    Another guy I have hunted with on several occasions has a Remington 7600 in .35 Whelen, and it stomps hogs...period. 250 grain Remington Core-Lokt Factory Loads are what he shoots, and he has never had one run, ever.

    Just my .02,
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
  6. Captcurt

    Captcurt Well-Known Member

    If it works on deer it will work on hogs. Personally, I would not feel undergunned with a 22 Mag.
  7. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    ANY 30cal or 7.62 rifle. Lots of others! But you can't go wrong with a 30
    An SKS is fine.
  8. slickone

    slickone Well-Known Member

    I appreiate the feedback. I am kind of favoring the Ruger American in 308. The scope I am not sure of.
  9. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    I like a fast handling .44Mag levergun for hogs with either a receiver sight or low power variable. They are typically shot at short range and in thick brush so long range cartridges and big scopes are completely unnecessary.
  10. lovethosesooners

    lovethosesooners Well-Known Member

    I have 2 that are really great for a little "texas hoggin"....

    Remington 750 30-06 carbine (18" barrel) with a Leupold Hog Scope which includes an illuminated reticle-shoots 1 1/2" groups with cheap 180 grain core-lockt, does NOT jam, great handling rifle.

    For day or night hunting, FNAR .308 with a Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5x16 and a wicked light green night light.....awesome combination!
  11. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    The Ruger American with a Redfield Revolution 2-7x33mm.
  12. GregC

    GregC Active Member

    I use a Marlin 1895 (45/70) with 400 grainers. Leupold Hog scope. Hit them just about any location at any angle and they will not go far! Using the low end on that scope, you can keep both eyes open for shots up close or in the brush.
  13. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    Its not hard to kill a hog. Optics are more important than center fire caliber but when picking a caliber choose something that is going to create an entrance and exit wound for best tracking. I have hunted hogs with magnum handguns and 9 times out of 10 you dont get an exit wound and less than half the blood trail because the entrance wound is usually small. Its more fun to get up close and personal with a handgun but if it is your first time go with a rifle cartridge. Back to optics, hogs are mostly nocturnal and in Texas I shot 80% of my hogs in the dark under feeder lights or spot light. Putting a black reticle on a black hog doesnt work. I use a Vortex Crossfire 3-9 with illuminated reticle and it has been enough to take a moonlight only shot at 50 yards.
  14. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    I use .17hmr all the time up to a .308. any caliber in between works, unless you got to have a magnum canon.
  15. slickone

    slickone Well-Known Member

    Wow folks. that is a lot of info. Everyone has their favorite ways. My friend will be taking me out to Hog hunt in a couple of months. I have not hunted anything in my life. I have fired a lot of weapons after over twenty years in the Army but decided in my old age to shoot those nasty hogs. I think that would be the only thing I would hunt.
    I really do appreciate all of your answers. The next thing is to sort it out and do it. Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
  16. TIMC

    TIMC Well-Known Member

    I've tried all kinds of rifles for hog hunting, by far my favorite is an AR-10 style rifle. They are easy to modify, easy to mount optics amd can easily take multiple pigs because of the semi-auto design.
  17. Dr_2_B

    Dr_2_B Well-Known Member


    Let us know what you decide to use and keep us posted on the hunt. I've never been hog hunting and it really sounds like a blast.
  18. KansasPaul

    KansasPaul Well-Known Member

    My idea of a great hog gun is an AR15 chambered in 6.8SPC. 16inch barrel makes it light, plus you can mount just about any kind of optic you want. Effective range is 300yards. Lots of info available on the web regarding this cartridge and it's use to take hogs.

  19. CountGlockulla

    CountGlockulla Well-Known Member

  20. conrad427

    conrad427 Well-Known Member

    i have a friend who uses a norinco m-1A clone. never seen a man smile so wide.

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