Ruger compact 77 for hogs

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by shoez, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. shoez

    shoez New Member

    Hello all,

    I'm going hog hunting soon and have been looking for rifles. Shot a hog last year with the Armalite AR in 223 and was less than spectacular. 7 shots to put one down. :mad: OK, now, I have a Marlin 1895SS in 45/70 that ofcourse would be great. But, I am in the mood for a new rifle. Something easy to carry and manuever in the brush with. Was contemplating a Remington 7600 Carbine in 30-06, or even a 450 Bushmaster, but I keep running into these Ruger 77 Compacts and Frontiers. What a handy little rifle! I had been looking for something with quick repeat shots, but a hog shot w/ a .308 Win should not need too much more. I looked at a Ruger Frontier yesterday at Cabella's with a forward mounted scope and I fell in love. Too bad that one was in 300 WSM. I don't want to be anywhere near a 16" barreled 300 short mag when it goes off. I bet the blast would be obnoxious to say the least. Would do you guys think of one of these rifles in 308 for hogs?
  2. yazul42

    yazul42 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    A good accurate rifle in .308 is good for about anything on this continent, provided you do your part. I've seen moose and black bear taken with one shot, dead in their trackswith them. Use the right bullet, keep it in your range limitations and the .308 will perform very well indeed.The Ruger rifles all seem to be nice shooters, so you won't go wrong in that respect. I love hunting hogs also,, very tasty varmints indeed.

    Good luck,

    p.s. For the big bears, I would opt for a heavier cartridge,, a reason to pick up a .338 or a .375!!!!!!