View Full Version : Hoggin' questions

July 10, 2012, 09:28 AM
To start this off, I'm from Texas, and as everyone presumably knows, we have quite an issue with them. I have an SKS which has performed admirably against hogs. I have it rigged up fairly basic, but modernized seeing as the wood furniture splintered on me. Tapco intrafuse with the 20 round mag that me and my buddies have had some serious fun with(being teenagers we get a grand kick out of it). Recently though I've gained more interest in learning and trying to get some long range shots/kills on hogs, which if you have ever owned an Sks know that the iron sights don't lend themselves to much accuracy out past 150 yards even with my young eyes. I'm considering getting a new system, preferably bolt action, that can reach out to a top of 300 yds with still enough knockdown to drop a hog immediately, yet be a deer rifle that wont destroy my precious meat. Any suggestions? Thanks a ton.

July 10, 2012, 09:45 AM
No firearm short of a howitzer is going to always drop an animal instantly. It's just part of hunting. Sometimes you get lucky and get a quick drop with a heart/lung shot and sometimes you've got to track them. Headshots are another matter. As to caliber - pick one of dozens. Bullet selection more than caliber determines meat loss. My person preference is to stick with bullets which hold together in a complete pass-through rather than the ballistic tip types.

July 10, 2012, 10:12 AM
Any Of your standard popular hunting cartridges should do the trick.

243, 270, 308, ect and so on.

July 10, 2012, 10:33 AM
Howitzer it is. Right now I don't suppose my biggest problem is the accuracy, its the actual getting rid of it. I got it when I was 12 and being a business major, with a minor in common sense, I know that guns will do absolutely everything but depreciate unless you decide to butcher the gun completely. Anyone with any experience with the Savage Hog hunter model or know anything good, bad or ugly with it?

July 10, 2012, 10:53 AM
Any of the Savage bolt-actions will serve you well. The guts of them are all quite similar. The big difference between the models is in the stock it comes with, the barrel length and contour, whether or not it has iron sights, the finish on the metal, etc. Pick the feactures that attract you. They'll all kill pigs just as dead.

July 10, 2012, 11:12 AM
They make for good cookin' that's for sure. If only it wasn't at the expense of corn that takes a lot more time than thinning a never ending pest. :mad:

Sure Shot Mc Gee
July 10, 2012, 12:51 PM
All of the above previously mentioned and one more suggestion.
Think 25-06 for just about any local game challenge. It is one of the easiest cartridges to reload too. Very versatile. Quick and accurate at long distances-es. Near magnum performance without the additional magnum rifle weight to carry around. Is what the 25-06 is all about.

Mayor Al
July 13, 2012, 08:12 AM
I have enjoyed successful Hog Hunting in Texas using my Winchester Model 100 in .308 and My Saiga S-12 12 gauge shotgun with Remington Slugs. Both dropped hogs, in the 140-150 lb class, with one shot.

This year we will add a Ruger Mini 30 in 7.62x39mm and a Ruger 44 Magnum Carbine (for the wife) for our Missouri Hunt in September

July 14, 2012, 05:23 AM
I'm in Texas too and I kind of like having a large magazine on an accurate rifle. Around here we VERY often see groups of more than 20 animals sometimes close to 100. My vote goes to the AR10. I can hit distant hogs when I see them and wear a whole group of them out with a 20 round magazine if I can get them to stay in the clear.

AC 45-70
July 26, 2012, 09:56 PM
I hunt hogs in Florida. My Remington 243 with ballistic tips has never filed to drop them instantly.

July 27, 2012, 10:00 PM
I'm with sure shot love the 25-06,& a 270WIN,Thats 2 hog killing rounds @ 300yds no problems.

July 28, 2012, 06:06 PM
Mmm-Hmm, I have the wants for one of those Savage Hog Hunters. That's a pretty neat looking rilfe- can't find anything I don't like about them. I don't know what all they offer as far as chamberings, but it would be hard for me to pick between the .260, 7-08, and the .308.

July 29, 2012, 10:29 AM
I like my Browning A-Bolt with a Leupold Scope in .30-06 with a 180 grain bullet. Last one I shot dropped the hog on the spot with proper shot placement at about 75-100 yards.