Hog Hunting with an AR15, which would you prefer?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by CGS, May 22, 2013.

  1. CGS

    CGS New Member

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    For AR15 Hog hunting; 300 Black Out OR 6.8 SPC II ? Which would you prefer for Hog hunting with an AR15 and WHY?


    I should start by saying I have never been hunting, but I would like to go hog hunting at some time in the near future. I'm sure both cartridges would drop a medium sized hog pretty well. Which would you prefer? I'm thinking keeping one of these 300 uppers for myself and building a hog rifle with it. Or maybe I'll just pimp out my m1a 308 with the Sage EBR stock and use that instead, though I am sure I'll get laughed at with a SAGE EBR
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I would use a 6.8 because I have one. Either will work just fine.
     

  3. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    It might be easier to find 6.8 ammo. I and my son took a buck this year with my mini 6.8, great round!
     
  4. Txhillbilly

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    None of the above.

    458 SOCOM!!!!!

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  5. Gatoragn

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    If I had a .458 Socom, I would definitely shoot feral swine with it if the opportunity presented itself.
     
  6. CGS

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    How you feel about one of these? [​IMG] It's a dressed up M1A in 308.

    Other than getting laughed at by the hunters, it will do the job very well. I have a m1a and have been thinking of dressing it up like that. However I definitely would use a totally different scope mount.
     
  7. GTX63

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    Your in Chicago? I'm suprised Rahm Emmanuel himself hasn't been knocking on your door to confiscate that.
     
  8. CGS

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    I'm a smart fellow, I live across the street from Chicago, literally across the border. I can throw a stone into Chicago, and sometimes do.

    I don't have one of those Enhanced BR stocks yet as a matter of fact, and who's to say where it's stored anyways ;)


    FWIW the Chicago Firearm Permit and Cook Assault ban will probably/likely/maybe both be going away very soon, that's currently being discussed in the Illinois forum.
     
  9. therewolf

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    I'd take my 22" HBAR 1/7 twist, 5.56 upper, and use heavy bullets, 75 or 80

    grain. Any lead tipped round would probably do some major damage on

    impact, given the aggressive twist rate.
     
  10. kryptar19

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    Either will do just fine. Contrary to popular belief, hogs are not hard to kill. I've killed quite a few, with a variety of guns. I've used a .22lr, 20ga Tshot, 12ga Tshot, and 5.56/.223. The last few years I've been using my AR's and Ive never had a problem with them. Usually only takes one shot. I usually load a mix of 50gr JHP, and 50gr V-tips. (In Arkansas)

    What area are you planning on hunting in? Hunting area makes all the difference.

    For hogs in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, or Mississippi, the smaller calibers will do fine. The typical hog in these areas will not get over about 300lbs are so, and they usually stay in the 150lb area. Hogs in these areas tend to not be aggressive, except for havelena (spelled that wrong) in south Texas.

    Hogs in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina tend to be bigger and more aggressive on average. With the hogs in these areas you may want a caliber with a little more energy than the 5.56/.223.

    Hope this info helps.


    :D Disclaimer: this info is based off of my own experiences and research, and is not exclusive. It does not apply to every hunters experiences. Not all states that have hogs are listed, just the ones that are more popular for hog hunting.
     
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  11. Gatoragn

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    My brothers & I put lots of pork in the freezer with 22 WMR FMJ's in FL back in the 70's.
     
  12. CGS

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    I've never been hunting, so don't know what I don't know. Still waiting for someone to invite me ;) I think it would make sense to get a rig that will work on larger and smaller hog. Still not sure what rig to go with, certainly think 223 is out.
     
  13. CGS

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    I never shot a 458. How would the felt recoil compare to say a 308?
     
  14. purehavoc

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    Im in the process of building a upper in 7.62x39 for this reason,
    I know that .223 will more than get the job done but I would like to have a close range 30 cal and this is the ticket I was looking for and the price was right
     
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  15. CGS

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    Very interested in hearing about your AK upper. I have heard both good and bad about the reliability of trying to make the AK round work on the AR platform.
     
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  16. Apex-Predator

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    +1 on the 458 SOCOM :) That just screams hog thumper
     
  17. Curt

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    My nephew bagged this 304 pounder near Houston a few weeks ago.

    Taking my son there in a couple of weeks.
     

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  18. CGS

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    That a 300 BO bolt action with night vision and a suppressor?
     
  19. JimRau

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    Last night the OLD 35 Remington (220 gr SP) put another hog to rest.
    90 yds, quartering away, one shot DRT! If you want to use the 'new' stuff so be it but there is no need when the 'old' stuff does such a GREAT job!!!:D
     
  20. purehavoc

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    Review is in one of my other threads . 208 flawless round thru it . Yes it required a little crafty work to run steel ammo . But it works fine using 7 rounds in a magpul 20 rd mag . Hoping to get my hands on a few 30 rd. 7.62 mags soon