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Going on a Hog Hunt Jan 31st - which rifle?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow, Jan 13, 2009.

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  1. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

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    Will be hunting from the ground:

    1. Sporterized US 1917, .30-'06, 25" bbl, scoped (heavy), Rem Express 220 grain
    2. Enfield "No. 6" Jungle carbine, .308 win, 20" bbl, with bayo in case they charge me, Federal Fusion 165 gr
    3. Rem 1187 Sportsman's deer 12 ga slug rifle, with 602 grain Buckhammers
    4. CZ 550 FS, 9.3x62mm, with Norma 270s
    5. Marlin 1895, .45-70 with 405 gr Rem Express.
    6. Savage 110, .270 Win

    Guided hunt, so I don't really know what distances, but probably not too long of shots available in this county.

    Which and why? I'm leaning toward #2 or #3; maybe #5.

    You think sidearm necessary? Might pack my Taurus Judge with .45 Colts as backup. Only my 2nd time hog hunting, so don't really know if all the stories about them charging are overblown or not.
     
  2. blitzen

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    My vote,

    Take all of them and shoot a pig with each one. For sure take a pistol. What better place to find out what it will do!:D Happy hunting!!
     
  3. RoostRider

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    I don't know how large your hogs are around there, but a 12ga slug sounds a bit 'overpowered'.... I know some people will say there is no such thing, but, assuming you plan on eating the meat (does a guy eat wild boar?), there really is such a thing as overpowered...

    .308 and 30-06 seem more than enough as well, but not as inclined to do as much damage to meat as the 12 ga. slug...

    If the ranges are close, and shot placement is relatively easy, why not go with something a little less 'mangler'?

    <EDIT- for the record, I don't hunt hog.... maybe they are a lot bigger and tougher than I am thinking?>
     
  4. yenchisks

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    ya all go with blitzen ,duck tape them all together then run a string threw the triggers and pull;)
     
  5. qajaq59

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    This guy certainly does.

    And if it helps, I've dropped them with a 130 gr bullet out of the .308 and 165 gr bullets from the 30-30. Both did them in rather quickly. Just hit them behind the ear and they''ll drop like a sack of grain.
     
  6. bobby n.

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    the 1187 is the gun of choice... no puny rifle is going to bring down a 400 pound porker charging at you at 40 miles per hour with slashing tusks that can flay the meat off your body with one jerk. you want something with punch, shock and knockem down dead killing power. a rs is the best and safest bet. a lot of
    folks here will diagree with me on this, but since this from what igather your first hogslam, remember the old maxim, cya c ya
     
  7. bobby n.

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    the 1187 is the gun of choice... no puny rifle is going to bring down a 400 pound porker charging at you at 40 miles per hour with slashing tusks that can flay the meat off your body with one jerk. you want something with punch, shock and knockem down dead killing power. a rs is the best and safest bet. a lot of
    folks here will diagree with me on this, but since this from what igather your first hogslam, remember the old maxim, cya c ya
     
  8. bobby n.

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    :)the 1187 is the gun of choice... no puny rifle is going to bring down a 400 pound porker charging at you at 40 miles per hour with slashing tusks that can flay the meat off your body with one jerk. you want something with punch, shock and knockem down dead killing power. a rs is the best and safest bet. a lot of
    folks here will diagree with me on this, but since this from what igather your first hogslam, remember the old maxim, cya c ya
     
  9. bobby n.

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    the 1187 is the gun of choice... no puny rifle is going to bring down a 400 pound porker charging at you at 40 miles per hour with slashing tusks that can flay the meat off your body with one jerk. you want something with punch, shock and knockem down dead killing power. a rs is the best and safest bet. a lot of
    folks here will disagree with me on this, but since this from what igather your first hogslam, remember the old maxim, cya c ya
     
  10. bobby n.

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    dAnged puter
     
  11. huntershooter

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    Hard to beat the '95 Marlin in .45/70.
    You don't say where you'll be hunting, but safe bet is there'll be plenty of brush/undergrowth. A rifle that is quick to shoulder (Marlin) is an advantage. Shots will be fast.
     
  12. 3pairs12

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    I would go with the 1187 or the 1895
     
  13. SwearNoAllegiance

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    Love the name!

    And Blitzen is absolutely right. Kick some hog ass.
     
  14. John828

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    Most pigs are going to run the other way. Due to the fact that the majority have not hunted feral hogs, their reputation for ferocity is growing beyond belief. Yes, they can be tough to put down. Yes, they are badasses if you are knifing or karate chopping them. Yes, a 223 will put them down. No, there is no such thing as too much gun.

    All that said, I do like blitzen's idea off taking all and using all, but, yenchisks' idea beats them all. How creative? Duct tape them all together and run a string through the triggerguards.
     
  15. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Ha, ha, guys...nice; thanks. Maybe I can get a whole herd at once. I'm gonna take the Enfield .308 JC to the range this weekend, and if it groups under 2" @ 50 yards with the fusions, then I'm gonna run with that one; never shot this gun before. This guided hunt costs $190 for one day and one night's lodging, and supposedly success rate is around 80% with gun, and 40% with bow. I'm using gun. There's no hogs where I normally hunt.

    bobby n, I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not; I think you are.
     
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    Yeah, I only read his post once, but after re-reading them four times, I think he is saying what I was saying but with a little panache.

    Use the .308, I would. I am taking a .243 out for a hog hunt in February. $190 (with lodging) is pretty fair unless you have your own land that has hogs on it. The place I am going is pretty much a guaranteed hunt, and it is $200 a day with no lodging. It's cheaper with groups over five, so I may try to get a group together. I am trying to get some cousins into shooting, so maybe that will be the ticket after a few range trips.
     
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    If you are going on a guided hunt, check with your guide, I'm sure the guide has a better idea of the terrain and circumstances than any of us do. Looks like you are expecting some BIG HOGS
    ~z
     
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    I'll only say it once but the 11/87 is what I would take for mostly under a 100 yard shooting with a strong second choice being the Marlin especially if most shots are 75-150 yards. If you are shooting out there a ways 150 yards+ from say a stand the CZ would be best IMO.
     
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    I'd bring the .45/70 and the CZ 550 FS in 9.3x62mm, just because they are cool guns. Just bring whatever you shoot the best and are confident in. I have never hunted hogs before but I have a hard time believing they attack people like crazy...... I don't recall anybody being killed by one, though I do live in central missouri.

    HB
     
  20. orchidhunter

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    Here in Alabama we use Sharp Sticks and dogs to hunt wild Hogs. When the dogs do there part, the sharp stick does it's. We use a old family line of Blackmouth Cur dogs known as the Howard Line. The Texas, Florida guides, might try to talk you out of trying the Sharp Stick if it is your first hunt. Good hunting, orchidhunter
     
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    So I look at your list of calibers and see...

    .270
    .308
    30-06
    9.3x62
    45-70
    12g

    ...and think to myself that every one of 'em is just fine for making pork, within the range limitations you can accurately hit with 'em. Someone upthread said talk to the guide and find out what the hunt area is like. That's what I'd do, with caliber not a limiting factor I'd fit the rifle to the type of hunting and the possible ranges you'll be looking at.

    Personally, I'd take the 1895 and go hunt. The 22" barrel is still handy in brush, you can hit 5x as quick as you can aim and cycle the lever and that 405 rem, even moving slow, is going to take a lot of bone and pork to convince it to stop. If shots go out past 150 yards, I would start looking at a flatter shooter to simplify things.
     
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    I've used an AR and a Yugo M48 mauser (8mm) and the most fun was walking them down with the mauser.

    My vote is for the Enfield first (would be better if it were .303!), 45-70, then to be practical the .270. I like seeing the old guns being used.
     
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    I'd bring the 1187 and the .45-70.

    If you find yourself at 100 yards, you could use the buffalo rounds with confidence. Closer, use either, but I'd love to see the effect of a slug at 50 yards.
     
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    I would give the outfit a ring as well. Even so I would probably haul the .308 and simply use some Remington 150gr CL's. Might get flamed for it but if you check my photo's you will see many that fell to the same mentioned above, and several pushing 400# or more at ranges out to 350 yds. The rifle was a Ruger Compact with only a 16.5" barrel to boot.

    That 150gr CL has never left me wanting for more and we shoot them just about on a weekly basis. heck there is even a clip of my grandson's first hog he got two years ago just before turning 5 using the same rifle and reduced 125gr BT loads.

    They will get nasty if hurt and cornered, however like mentioned they would much rather go away form the firing faster than towards it. I have had them do the opposite though and it wasn't fun but I came through luckily with no stitches.

    Good luck on your hunt, take one of the lighter less kicking rifles and enjoy your weekend.
     
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    they will all perform as long as your shot placement is good; if put in the same situation, I would opt for the .308 with a heavy solid built bullet or the 12 ga slugger with heavy alloyed leadhead; as far as your sidearm choice...I recommend Remington 225gr lead semiwadcutters (flat front end with a full powder charge behind it ~~not an anemic reduced cowboy load or insanely hot hunting load that is meant for Ruger or Freedom Arms revolvers); if you want to run a slightly heavier bullet, then get Winchester 255gr round nose flat point (again...not a cowboy load)
     
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