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Nalapombu
02-15-2013, 01:23
Hey all,

Sometime this year after I get finished bowhunting for feral hogs here in South Texas I would like to try hunting for them with a handgun and a rifle. I've never hunted with either of them so this should be a great adventure.

I've kinda been thinking of what would be something cool to hunt hogs with. I've got a standard AR and a standard AK, both have nothing but iron sights, but I'm looking for something different. I like all kinds of firearms, but I haven't owned or shot too many hunting rifles in my life so I don't have a lot of experience with them.

Some of the things I have been thinking about are a Winchester or Marlin 30-30, a lever action 44 mag, a Mossy 930SPX (for double duty as a home defense gun), something like a Ruger Gunsite Rifle or Scout type rifle and a lever action 45-70.
Lastly, the other night I happened upon a youtube video of an AFFORDABLE DOUBLE RIFLE in 30-06 made by Baikal. It looked cool enough, but you could tell it wasn't very high quality, but it was less than 1G so what can you expect in a double for that much? Just kinda interesting because I LOVE those BIG, FINE Double rifles.

Anyway, that's about all the rifles I have thought about. I'd like to get some other ideas from you all. What would be your choice to use for hog hunting? What do you think would be the MINIMUM CALIBER to use? They can go anywhere from 100 to 450 pounds or so. No limits on what you can use down here too.

Lets hear it....


Thanks for the time.

Nalajr

Dalton Wayne
02-15-2013, 01:45
Here's my hog getter
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu192/Daltonlwayne/DSCN01151.jpg

ede
02-15-2013, 03:45
I use a Rock River AR in .223 and a time or two a 9mm RR AR. There goes the "only for combat" argument.

ballfroguy
02-15-2013, 03:51
30-30

MrMurphy
02-15-2013, 05:01
Pretty much anything can get used for hogs.

First time out I used a .44 Marlin, friend (highly experienced hog hunter) used a iron sighted 1917 Enfield in .30-06.

I've mostly used my AR, having an illuminated optic and rifle light is VERY useful. Also used a scoped 7mm Mauser and a 18" 870 in 12 gauge.

If you go magnified scope, get an illuminated reticle. If you use an AR, you need a white light and a 16 or 18" barrel preferably in most cases.

glock2740
02-15-2013, 05:57
There are many. Anything you would take deer hunting will do just fine on hogs. I've shot them with many calibers and all worked just fine. Farthest any have run was a boar that made it 20 yards before dying on his feet after being shot with with an Sierra 85gr BTHP from my .243

TexasVine
02-15-2013, 06:27
I agree with MrMurphy, A lot of guns can be used. As far as your question on what is the minimal caliber that can be used, I would say a .223 round.

The best advise I can give you is to get skilled at shot placement regardless of which caliber you use. That is mostly obtained by practice.

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo36/Klozures/DSC01105.jpg

Ranger1759
02-15-2013, 06:37
No hogs this far north, however I use a .243 for much of my coyote and ground hog hunting...good flat shooter and capable of reaching out far...it's also a decent small deer rifle...

ScaryPerryDawsy
02-15-2013, 06:50
The best advise I can give you is to get skilled at shot placement regardless of which caliber you use. That is mostly obtained by practice.

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo36/Klozures/DSC01105.jpg

^^^ This! Shot placement is the key. Gutshot hogs are the worst to clean. Most rifles will do the job just depends on what terrain you hunt. Here in Florida I use a Ruger deerfield 44 due to thick brush.

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donmor53
02-15-2013, 06:54
I know of many hog hunters in East and South Texas that have switched from their long favored 30-30s to a used Chinese SKS over the last 10-15 years. Seems they like the 7.62 round and it's 10 shot semi auto capability for the punch the round has and for the sometimes needed follow up shots on a pissed off tusker. Most don't seem to mind if the SKS gets banged around in the back of a truck or scratched up scraping though the thickets or brush either.

USMCsilver
02-15-2013, 07:21
What I'll be using:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/15/dusuruve.jpg

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G23c
02-15-2013, 07:50
Ruger M77 30-06,. I took 4 in South Texas a week before Christmas.

Restless28
02-15-2013, 07:52
Here's my hog getter
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu192/Daltonlwayne/DSCN01151.jpg

I like.:supergrin:

Jfduece
02-15-2013, 08:34
lots of folks are happy with thier 6.8 mm ARs for hog hunting. read around a little on 68forums.com

byf43
02-15-2013, 08:52
Marlin 1895G (.45-70).

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/byf43/Mauser%20folder/Marlin1895G.jpg

Cast Performance 405 gr LWNGC boolits, RL-7 powder (about 1660 fps).

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/byf43/CastPerformance405WLNGCclose-up.jpg

One shot. Just above right shoulder.

Wild hog (320+ lbs).

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/byf43/Mauser%20folder/320lbwildhog-atbutcher.jpg

fnfalman
02-15-2013, 08:55
I never needed any firearms to do any hoggin'. Just come to the local dive bars around 2 AM with a bottle of cheap whiskey.

byf43
02-15-2013, 10:08
Dan Wesson 44-VH4:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/byf43/DW44VH-4-1.jpg

.44 Magnum
WW cases
WLP primer
Alliant (formerly Hercules) 2400 = 19.5 grains
Hornady 240 gr JHP (not XTP boolit)

1 shot (Right side of neck. Bullet was recovered in left jawbone.)


230+ lb wild boar - Crossville, TN.

Bill Keith
02-15-2013, 10:24
Just cause you don't have one and every self-respectin' Texan OUGHT to have one, get you a nice, used Marlin .30-30. You generally can find nice used ones just after deer season. The ammo is available about anywhere and it is a good assault rifle. I paid $230 for mine - a 336W and it had a scope and sling. Liked it so much, ended up getting a Marlin 1894C in .357/38 special. Both are great guns. I'll keep looking for the .45-70 Guide gun, but will make do with the $125 I spent on a used NEF in .45-70:wavey:

Clay C
02-15-2013, 10:26
The real answer is whatever you have at the time haha. I'm in Texas too and I've killed them with anything from a .22 to a 12 gauge. When I'm purposely hunting them its usually either a bow, 25-06 or AR15. Shot placement is key I usually aim for the ear unless I'm using my bow. I've killed way to many hogs to count with many different weapons and I would have to say the best all around hog weapon for me would be something around a 308 with a good 3x9 or 1x4. I don't like a lot of magnification because a lot of times I walk right up on the things.

WayneJessie
02-15-2013, 11:25
Just cause you don't have one and every self-respectin' Texan OUGHT to have one, get you a nice, used Marlin .30-30. You generally can find nice used ones just after deer season. The ammo is available about anywhere and it is a good assault rifle. I paid $230 for mine - a 336W and it had a scope and sling. Liked it so much, ended up getting a Marlin 1894C in .357/38 special. Both are great guns. I'll keep looking for the .45-70 Guide gun, but will make do with the $125 I spent on a used NEF in .45-70:wavey:

I'd agree. Well made gun with inexpensive ammo. Most hogging is close-range work so no need for muzzle blast and expensive calibers.

GunHo198
02-15-2013, 11:37
My 14 year old prefer's the AR.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b141/lvgood/IMG_0007.jpg


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Nalapombu
02-15-2013, 12:47
Thanks everyone. LOTS of great options. I have to admit that I have always wanted a lever action rifle. A buddy had a Marlin 1895 in 45-70 and it was really nice. At the time it wasn't that expensive either, I don't know what they go for now though.

I'll probably go and get a 30-30 Marlin first, but would also like to have a 45-70 just to have one and I like them.

So many great guns and so little wallet....ho hum.

Thanks and keep 'em coming....especially with PICS.

Nalajr

nathanours
02-15-2013, 13:26
http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss199/glock19_9mm/PicsArt_1360553744326_zps2c6c0593.jpg

CBennett
02-15-2013, 14:31
.243/.257 30/30 would all be my choices

I personally would love to try out my 6" .357 magnum Dan Wesson revolver.

HKLovingIT
02-15-2013, 14:31
Get an SKS with bayonet. If you have to go into the brush to find a wounded one you can pig stick 'em if he charges. :wavey: :rofl:

spcwes
02-15-2013, 15:42
I used a Winchester lever gun chambered in 22 Mag and have killed probably 25-30 most with a single shot. Watched a guy shoot 2 back to back with a GAMO air rifle both head shots both DOA.

It does not take a big game gun, a 223 or 243 is more than enough and where I was hunting something you can fire accurately and quickly might get you a few hogs.

Nalapombu
02-15-2013, 19:02
Yeah I have seen several videos of guys hunting hogs and other BIG game animals with these new generation AIR RIFLES. There is a new air rifle by Crosman that is in .357 and they worked with one of the bullet makers to come up with a special slug to use with it. I think it's like 180 grains or so. This thing is a charged air rifle and has a 6 shot magazine and puts that slug out at something like 900fps. INCREDIBLE. It's basically shooting a 357mag slug.
One of their guys that uses airguns exclusively in England to hunt took it to Africa and it showed him taking some BIG GAME with this thing. It busted ribs on the entry side, them took out the lungs and busted ribs on the off side before coming to rest right against the skin. FROM AN AIRGUN.....that's some impressive stuff for sure. I forget the name of it, but you can check it at crosmans web site. The same guy also brought it to Texas and took several hogs with it at night. One he dropped right in it's tracks with a front on brain shot. Same Slug as with the African Game.
These new generation air guns are definitely NOT your old Red Ryder. These are SERIOUS HUNTING TOOLS. Check 'em out.

The more I think about a lever gun the more I want one. I'd really like to have a Winchester, but if you haven't checked the prices lately of Winchester lever guns, they are HIGH, really HIGH. Some of the companies that make Cowboy Guns have some really great looking lever guns too, but I think the Marlin would be the best choice with the least expense. Besides, since I am now a TEXAN and plan to DIE a TEXAN, how can I even claim that without having a lever gun? It was brought up earlier and I took note of it. I won't let that situation go on too long.

I love those custom lever guns by Wild West, Brockmann, Lew Bonitz and others that are slipping my mind right now. I think to start I'd like a Marlin 336 in 30-30 with a scout scope rail and red dot or nice scout scope for it. Seems like it would be a nice, quick handling rifle for hogs....

Lastly, for all my TEXAS BROTHERS that posted here....where do you do your hog hunting? Do you go on public lands, have a lease or just pay for a weekend trip every now and again? If you don't want to say in the open, you can PM me. I'd like to know cause I have been looking over various public lands to try and haven't settled on one yet. I am pretty much researching locations now. I'd like any advice and help you care to give on it too.

Thanks for the time guys.

Nalajr