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johndeere 12-06-2013 06:42 PM

Hog hunting
 
I live in Mississippi and looking for the best rifle to go hog hunting with. Right now i am deer hunting with a 30-30 or 30-06 but looking for a good hog caliber.

Steel_Talon 12-06-2013 06:49 PM

With the exception of the calibers you all ready have ... 7mm-08 is a great caliber

Txhillbilly 12-06-2013 06:50 PM

Nothing wrong with either of those calibers.

Gatoragn 12-06-2013 10:00 PM

Any rifle that will take a full grown white tailed deer is more than enough for feral swine.

Point6liter 12-06-2013 10:12 PM

We use 5.56, .22 mag, 30/30 and everything in between.

SSGN_Doc 12-06-2013 11:41 PM

.30-30 is pretty darn good. Maybe a Marlin in .35 Rem could have a bit more punch, but not sure the lower selection of ammo and higher prices are worth the difference.

hairbear1 12-06-2013 11:55 PM

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30/06 will do the job no worries. A good 150gn projectile and it'll drop any pig no worries.

A few pigs I've taken with my 30/06AI and a 165gn GameKing,

JimRau 12-07-2013 12:28 AM

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Originally Posted by SSGN_Doc (Post 1451163)
.30-30 is pretty darn good. Maybe a Marlin in .35 Rem could have a bit more punch, but not sure the lower selection of ammo and higher prices are worth the difference.

I have killed hog with 223 (not recommended), 7-08, 30-30, 308, 30-06, 35 Rem.
My 'favorite' is my Marlin 336 35 Rem with 220gr hand loads with a 1.5x5 Leopold!:D

7point62 12-07-2013 12:41 AM

Yep, your 30-30 will be fine. I've shot hogs with .223, .308, 6.5mm and 20ga slugs.

Ishooter 12-07-2013 07:44 PM

Hogs are not hard to kill. My dad talked about his father killing hogs for butcher with a 22 to the head and they went down quickly.

If I was you I would use the 30-30 with a 170 gr bullet.

I don't know what the land looks like where you are going to hunt. My thought about using the 30-06 would be where is that bullet going to go after it passes through the pig.

I am very fond of the 358 Winchester for taking larger game. It hits like a hammer and can be used out to 400 yards. Like using 12 gage slugs, I have never had an animal run after being hit with the 358 Winchester. The big advantage over the 12 gage slug is lack of recoil and the added distance.

The other nice thing about the 358 Winchester is the bullet will go to ground much faster than the 30-06 with say a 150 gr bullet. Shooting the pig will put the bullet about 16" off the ground. Shooting at a hundred yards the bullet will travel less than 50 yards after going through the pig if you shoot level with 16". If you are shooting off hand it will go to ground in less than 20' after passing through the pig using the 358 Winchester.

The other way to go would be use a bullet that wouldn't pass through the pig such as the 44 mag. Shots taken past fifty yards with 240 gr hollow points will not pass through the pig. I have never had a 12 gage slug pass through an animal. Then it is only good out to 100 yards or so with a rifled barrel.

Good luck with what ever you decide. Be safe and have a good time on your hunt.


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