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Old March 5, 2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Best Semi Auto Hog Gun?

I'm in the market for a new hog/long range gun my budget is under 250$ So in your opinion and in that price range what would be a good hog gun?




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Old March 5, 2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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In your budget I am thinking Saiga. But you may get more out of a bolt gun.
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Old March 5, 2012, 08:22 PM   #3
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I'm open to a bolt gun if I can get it under that price.
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Old March 5, 2012, 08:29 PM   #4
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Im not sure anyone makes a semi auto capable of accuracy, long or short, for under $250.
If you are willing to consider a used lever gun, $250 can get you into a used Marlin 336 30-30 which will kill hogs as far away as they need to be killed.
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Old March 5, 2012, 08:34 PM   #5
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I like bolt actions like I said but I need it to be compact for the swamps here and such.. I like light recoil also.
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Old March 5, 2012, 08:42 PM   #6
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I can't think of any semis of centerfire calibers that would be under $250. Actually, finding bolt guns with a magazine is pretty tough.

How about a Spanish Mauser in .308? Gunbroker has one for $225.
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Old March 5, 2012, 10:30 PM   #7
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$250 puts you under the price point for a semi-auto, unless you find an outstanding deal or a fixer upper. An SKS might be an exception, and if you look hard, you might be able to find one there, but most I've seen on Gunbroker and locally are fetching $300.

Most guys I know can cycle a lever faster than a bolt, so a used 30-30 carbine might be the trick.

As for the bolt action, again, price point will be difficult to get a quality firearm. You might be able to find a Remington 770, which would be better than nothing, but quality is really not its strong suit.

Can you save up a little more and put the purchase off until you can get something more in line with what you want?
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Old March 5, 2012, 11:34 PM   #8
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Go check a couple gun stores/Pawn shops and find your self the rifle you line in your price range. We have some the remington 740's and 760's for sale in your price range.
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Old March 6, 2012, 06:06 AM   #9
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SKS is the only rifle I can think of in your price range. I have killed both of my hogs with the 762X39 Wolf 154gr soft points. Neither of them took a step after being hit. Mine were taken in fairly thick brushy areas where 75 yards would be a long shot. As far as recoil goes, the 154gr Wolf kicks less than the standard 123 grain loads. Velocity is around 2200 fps. Both of my shots were pass through with a tennis ball size exit. Even if your budget was higher, I think the SKS may serve you well for swampy brushy areas.
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Old March 6, 2012, 07:26 AM   #10
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If you look around you should be able to find a used Remington 742 for that or not much more. If you get one in 30 06 you will have plenty of range and alot of punch.
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Old March 6, 2012, 07:41 AM   #11
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I was at Walmart last week with the wife while she shopped I went to the gun section. I was looking at their bolt action rifles,from the three lower cost bolt actions they had on hand which were Remington 770,Savage axis,and a Mossberg.
After inspecting all three seems the Mossberg had the smoothest bolt action,barrel rifling looked really good in the barrel,and the rifle had a very good balanced feeling. The Mossberg bolt action rifle was 257.00 brand new,looked like a nice rifle for 257.00 dollars.
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Old March 6, 2012, 08:08 AM   #12
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What caliber?
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Old March 6, 2012, 08:16 AM   #13
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The bolt action Mossberg I saw at Walmart I believe was a 270 win.caliber,I am not sure which model the Mossberg was?...It sure felt like a nice rifle though.
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Old March 6, 2012, 09:29 AM   #14
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Bought my son the Mossberg in .270 for $199 at Academy Sports. Has the fully synthetic stock so you don't have to worry about the elements, the mud just wipes right off. Any hog within 200yrds will drop right there using Hornady Superformance SST 140 gr. We have downed three with it.

If your brave and have your heart set on semi-auto, believe it or not there is a guy who hunts hogs with $169 Hi-Point .45, he takes them at 25yds max, usually around 10-15yrds from a tree.
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Old March 6, 2012, 09:36 AM   #15
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Marlin 336 30-30.
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Old March 6, 2012, 10:22 AM   #16
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If you're stuck on a semi auto, I think you have two good choices. Either find an old rem 740 in 30-06, or pick up a semi auto shotgun. Full bore slugs will do a wonderful job on anything in the US at under 100 yards.

If you're open to a bolt gun, I have heard good things about the new mossberg rifles, but I haven't shot one yet. Find yourself an older savage 110 and you'll have a fine, accurate big game rifle, I usually see a few for around $200 at most big gun shows.
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Old March 6, 2012, 11:15 AM   #17
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Yes..a used 742 in 30-06....
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Old March 6, 2012, 12:45 PM   #18
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If you find one, some of the old standby milsurps work good too..303 brit is a dandy hog thumper although I don't use it as often as I used too.
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Old March 6, 2012, 03:45 PM   #19
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I use a SAIGA-308 in the swamp works good,found it at the pawn shop used for 300.oo no problems or regrets.HECK of a hog gun.
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Old March 6, 2012, 05:59 PM   #20
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It is not a semi-auto, but is a pump...Remington 760 ....(must buy used as they are out of production). More dependable than the 7600 which is a semi-auto. A 760 is the twin (or first cousin) to a Remington 870 pump shotgun. Available in most rifle calibers, the 760 can sometimes be found in "carbine" length which sports a 18" barrel. I use one as my hog gun, 30-06 caliber carbine, iron sights and a green laser. Get one made in the sixties and they are fine guns. $300 to $450 on the auction sites.
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Old March 6, 2012, 06:24 PM   #21
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twobit..I got a 760 carbine in 308....I put a compact Leupold 3x9 on it and this little thing is a monster....
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Old March 6, 2012, 06:52 PM   #22
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I'd have to agree with Dlb0412. The 30-30 Marlin is more than enough and a great gun. The mossberg ATR series that have been mentioned have a good rep also. I personally mounted a 7.62x39 upper on my AR and found it excellent for this! (I know ,wrong price range, but I love the setup). If you can step up to the Saiga 7.62x39 you won't be disappointed. They are great little brush guns, chrome barrel and more accurate than some would have you believe. They can take a lot of abuse and still deliver.

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Old March 6, 2012, 07:09 PM   #23
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Whatever you do do not buy a remington 742. They call it the woodsmaster mine was a jam master. I couldnt get it to stop jamming. It would rip the back of the brass off and leave the cartrige stuck in the chamber. I sold it for 25 dollars.
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Old March 6, 2012, 07:12 PM   #24
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Marlin 336 30-30.
Haven't priced Marlin 30-30's in a while have you! New ones are in the $500 range, used are selling for almost as much since Marlin seems to be having QC problems with new ones. A decent Winchester 94 used is even more.

At $250 you need a bolt action. The Savage Axis is probaby the best bet. For around $300 there are several other options.

The bolt will be lighter and more compact than either a semi-auto or lever action as well. If you don't like recoil then get a 243. Plenty for hogs with good ammo.
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Old March 6, 2012, 07:14 PM   #25
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dlb412...It sounds like U had an excellent gun..but an ammo problem....$25 really?
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