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Old March 19, 2012, 11:24 PM   #51
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So swap in a rifled slug barrel.

Light, tough, and can handle the elements better.

Around here hog hunting means you are in the swamp.
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Old March 20, 2012, 10:38 AM   #52
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You want a semi-auto to kill hogs that is light, easy to carry, with low recoil and under $250? Sorry bud, doesn't exist as far as I know.

I agree, get yourself a base-model Marlin 30-30 or .45/70 lever gun, 18" ported barrel and a big soft recoil pad.

It'll accept a scout scope, has a quality trigger and adequte capacity.
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Old March 21, 2012, 10:46 AM   #53
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7.62x39 SKS if you need to go cheap but KEEP IT CLOSE AND PERSONAL
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Old March 22, 2012, 07:39 PM   #54
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Well the $250 price range automatic capable of long range really only leaves a used 4, 74, 740, 742, or 7400 and finding one in that price range that will cycle reliably is tough.
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Old March 22, 2012, 08:52 PM   #55
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I'd have to agree, the SKS is the ONLY one that will fall into the $250 or less range, and even that may be very hard to find. It's not uncommon here in Wyoming to see good clean SKSs sell for $400.

I'd love to find a Holland & Holland Royal in 375 Flanged, at under $3,000, but I am not holding my breath.

Or a Toyota Land Cruiser FJ 40 in perfect condition, for $1,500 or less.

You may beat me in your quest, before I find these things at these prices, but then again, you may not.
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Old March 24, 2012, 07:12 PM   #56
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Yeah, the SKS should do fine. My brother got 2. I was okay, you could hit something with it even with its iron sights. The 2nd was crap, you could barely hit a 1'x1' target at 100 yards.

I just got my fathers M1 Garand (he bought it about 5 years ago and never shot it) and I put a scout scope mount on it, a medium relief scope, a gas pressure regulator, and a padded cheek rest (due to the hieght of the scope). I put about $250 in to it all in all and I did all that so I'd have a useable hog rifle.

If I had to do it from scratch, I'd go with a Savage 116 'kit combo' from walmart - gun + scope for < $400... probably in 30-06. I don't trust cheap gas guns in any caliber.
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Old March 30, 2012, 09:49 AM   #57
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Hog Gun

How about a Mosin Nagant M38, or an M44? They're bolt guns, but they shoot a 7.62x54r cartrige, similar to the .308
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Old March 31, 2012, 09:32 AM   #58
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I used to have an article that said the writer preferred the sks for hog hunting. That's what I have. only paid $200 for the rifle last year. And it is good for an SKS as i can shoot it about 2-3MOA at 100 yds.
What on god's green earth do you think your doing?
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Old April 22, 2012, 03:28 PM   #59
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Bolt .vs semi

I have a Remington 770 30-06 that I picked up at Dick's sporting goods. It is accurate and with 185 grain loads I am hitting fairly decent groupings. I too am looking for a semi auto or a lever action, but in a 30-06. I have not been on a hog hunt here in New York yet, but I am told that I should be able to take down a decent sized hog at about 100 to 200 yards with my current rifle. I am thinking that a decent sidearm will also benefit me (I am looking at a Taurs Judge) incase the animal charges.
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Old April 22, 2012, 04:12 PM   #60
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Shouldn't charge, they usually beat feet as soon as they sense trouble.
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Old April 22, 2012, 04:18 PM   #61
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Well, semi auto in 30-06 is pretty limited in choices. Either the Browning BAR or Remington's semi autos like the 742, 7400, and their 750.

Lever action will be the Browning BLR. I don't think anyone else built a long-action lever gun that I can recall.
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