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Old June 12, 2001, 09:17 PM   #1
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Boar hunting in Tenessee

Hello all.

I am planning on going on one of the boar hunts in Tenessee this fall. I did a boar hunt many years ago in Turkey and used a 12 gauge semi-auto.

I have thought about using a rifle this time instead. What would be a good rifle/caliber? I have thought about a western style lever action carbine, but in what caliber?

Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated.


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Old June 12, 2001, 10:33 PM   #2
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We've taken them with .308, 30-06, and .50 cal black powder guns.
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Old June 13, 2001, 06:17 AM   #3
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Hey Casy, was that Turkey hunt one of Bob Kern's?

Any good centerfire from .243 up works fine. Use good bullets and get plenty of practice shooting from field positions..

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Old June 13, 2001, 07:21 AM   #4
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Considering the heavy cover in which you'll be hunting, a handgun wouldn't be out of order. I hunt with a .Browning '78 in .45-70, and either a .45 Super or a .41 Magnum as a backup. One of Marlin's .45-70 carbines would be great. I've seen 300# hybred boar with 13" tusks!

As for muzzleloaders, think big! I personally recommend an Enfield or Springfield Carbine in .69 caliber. Why? Not because it uses a big bullet. Not because it's short and handy. Not because it's quick to reload. Why then? BECAUSE YOU CAN PUT A BAYONET ON IT!

In fact, a friend of mine says that the only muzzleloading rifle, with which he'll hunt boar, is a Parrot!

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Old June 13, 2001, 07:10 PM   #5
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Anything 30 caliber or above will be fine for boar hunting. A 45-70 Marlin Guide gun would do just fine.

I hunt in the Tellico area and have known some people to even kill them with a .30 M1-Carbine. But I prefer something with a little more punch.
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