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looking for a hog rifle.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by tonytuna, Feb 8, 2012.

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  1. tonytuna

    tonytuna Member

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    im looking for a rifle mainly for hog hunting. i cant afford much. if possible 350 or less, used guns okay too
    any ideas?

    saw a mosin-nagant in 7.62x54r for 109 on budsgunshop.com, would that be a good rifle for hogs?
     
  2. xxxleafybugxxx

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    If I had to hunt on a dime, that is the gun I would use. The gun is accurate. With mine, I can get very decent groupings with milsurp ammo. Great hunting round too. I'd say go with the Mosin!
     
  3. allaroundhunter

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    I would say to look at Savage's line of entry rifles. They are typically around $300 to start with (new) and can be had in many hog calibers.

    Here is a good start, and only $283 before the FFL transfer fee
     
  4. rcmodel

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    A used Marlin 336 or Winchester 94 30-30 carbine would fit the bill perfectly.

    But before someone comes along and says a 30-30 lever-action isn't enough gun for a hog.
    I say they haven't ever shot one.

    A 4' foot long Mil-Sup Mosen-Nagant with a 300 yard battle sight zero probably has it's place.

    But hog hunting in the brush, or operating out of pick-up truck or ATV ain't one of them!

    rc
     
  5. BIGBANG

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    Mosins are perfect pig rifles, you can shoot 'em anywhere from 5 to 500 yards if your a good shot. Then if they get close you can stick with the 2 foot bayonet! Plus if it gets messed up or anything who cares! It's just a mosin, not like there isn't a 100,000,000 more right!

    I've taken 3 hogs with my 91/30, all where drt's I laugh cause my buddy always takes his "custom" rem 700, I brought my mosin just because he was talking fecal matter and I got the only hog that weekend. It'll definitely work if you do your part.
     
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    oh mah gawd yess ... and leave the bayonet attached ... just in case.

    seriously, that will make for a great hog gun .. I've sold plenty to guys around that do just that with them.
     
  7. Jackal

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    Do yourself a favor and buy a gun intended for shooting animals. Any lever action, bolt action, pump, semi auto will work, so long as the caliber is up to the task. Tons of cheap .308's, 3006's and 30-30's are available at gun shops, new, used, wood, plastic, etc. Or just go to Walmart and buy a new 30-30 for $300. Done, problem solved.:) The Mosin is a good rifle, just dont fall into the Mosin-money-pit. $100 rifle, then your gonna "need" a $100 stock, $100 scope mount/bent bolt handle, $100 scope/sights, etc. Its not hard to end up with a $400 Mosin thats worth $100.
     
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    What about good old 30-30?
     
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    used marlin 30/30
     
  11. peptoe

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    Hog gun

    I always see used Remington 760's at my local GS rangin from $200-350. The pice varies on condition ussually. The 30-30 in Marlin and Win are great deal as well. You should be able to buy a nice rifle (possibly scoped) off the used rack for well within that price range with some shopping.

    I just scored a slghtly used Marlin XL7 with box in 30-06 for $230 there.
     
  12. Tomcat47

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    30-30 Marlin will do the job for sure.... good choice...Here are a few more!

    And I Like a Marlin .44 mag lever action as well! It is a very good hog gun. These can be pricey, therefore Look at a Rossi .44 Lever Gun M92 - It will be in your price range. And they are good rifles! A Friend has the .357

    I had some friends that had Marlin camp 45...they are nice but pricey now a days!

    Now if you are not set on a rifle.....below is one of favorites for the hogs! Actually making me want to go hog huntin! :)

    Its A Taurus 608
     

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    The length of the Mosin is a detriment to the type of country I typically hog hunt, plus RC correctly states that they are pretty long for transportation. If you are set on using the 7.62x54R, a M-44 length Mosin would be your better bet.

    That said, the good 'ole .30-30 is hard to beat for quick target acquisition, easy follow-up shots on multiple piggies, portability, and general hog medicine.
     
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    until you actually go out and hunt hogs, you will not find the ideal rifle for you, for me it is the rifle that catches my eye when I open my safe, anything from a .17hmr to a .308 in different configurations to REVOLVERS, not semi autos for the job. are you gonna be in brush at close range, shooting in senderos at hundreds of yards, you got to find out for yourself, forget about askking "experts with their own agendas" on a chat room.
     
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    Made just for it....

    The Savage Hog Hunter:

    Cheap, accurate, durable and even sports a threaded barrel for stealthy hog poppin'

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    Available in .223 Rem, .308 Win and .338 Win.
     
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    ^^we have a winner
     
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    If only the old Remington 600's hadn't recently become gold......

    I'm with RC model. Hogs typically get shot close-in, and the .30-30 has more than enough oomph to get the job done. They're light, fast handling rifles.

    If you do opt for a mosin, I'd look for a 91/38 carbine. Much more manueverable than the doubles-as-a-crutch version
     
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    Thanks, the MSRP is $513, but dealers get it for $358 and the street price looks to be around $440. I don't hunt hogs but I might pick the .223 model, looks like a good truck gun. The barrel is medium profile and short so it should be quite rigid and balanced.
     
  19. xxxleafybugxxx

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    I think you had it right the first time... the mosin is great. Don't buy into the fact that you NEED a scope. I've never hunted hogs, so I cannot say for sure, but they don't seem to spook easy... I could be wrong, but from what I understand, its not hard to get close for a good shot.
    I not only am a fan of cheap guns, but also military rifles. You DONT need to change the stock, or get a scope. The Mosin is a great gun. If you bought the gun for roughly 100, you have that much more money for ammo.
     
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    Hogs are all different, most are very skittish if they sense that you are there, some also go nocturnal quickly. Out on the farm that meant that we needed to mount a NV scope...couldn't have done that with a Mosin (not easily at least)

    There are many better guns for the job than a Mosin, while it has its place, hunting hogs is rarely it. I would not like trying to use a gun of that length to hunt much of anything to be honest.

    Also, I don't know what type of shots the OP will be taking on the hogs, out to 200 yards, I prefer to take head/neck shots to anchor them on the spot, the Mosin does not have the accuracy for that...

    Don't let a bias of military rifles lead you towards making a poor recommendation...
     
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    A mosin is good for hogs, I prefer the carbine with an aftermarket stock. The lop just doesn't suit me at all with out a new stock. I normally use my 30-30 lever because it's always in the truck.

    I like the looks of that savage posted earlier, i'm a sucker for carbines.
     
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    favorite hog gun? .22 magnum of just about any flavor

    my favorite was my Marlin 25MN
     
  23. wrs840

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    I think a 336 Marlin in .35 Remington is a good choice. I bought my 1973 mfg one in a pawn shop with an old Redfield 3-9x30 on it for $239 about three years ago. I took the Redfield off and replaced it with a Weaver Classic 1-3x20.
     
  24. tonytuna

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    i dont need a scope to hunt. where i go hunting a brush gun is needed. the only open areas are by the deer blinds but theyre close enough to use open sights which is preferred. i know of a few people that hunt hogs year round and all they use is a 30/30.
    i already have a remington 742, 30-06 and a astra 44 magnum with a 6 inch barrel.
    but the fact that the mosin nagant has a bayonet and is an old military gun is a huge plus for me.
     
  25. tonytuna

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    that was another choice of mine. i saw it online but havent heard much of it.
     
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